1. Pay attention: Good Studying starts in class
Did you know that before you even begin studying, you’ve already started? Huh? Amazing? 🙂
Here’s what I mean. When you pay attention in class and take good notes, you are starting the process of learning and studying.
Do you have trouble paying attention in class? Are you sitting next to a loud person? Is it hard to see the board?
Make sure you’re sitting in a good seat that lets you pay attention. Tell your teacher or parents about any problems that are preventing you from paying attention and taking nice notes…
2. Good notes = Easier Studying
Note sure how to take notes? Start by writing down facts that your teacher mentions or
writes on the board during the class period. Try your best to use good hand writing so you can read your notes later. It’s also a good idea to keep your notes, quizzes, and papers, organized by subject.
3. Plan ahead your day
Waiting until Thursday night to study for Friday’s test will make for a homework night that’s no fun! It also makes it hard to do your best. We’re all guilty of putting off things sometimes. One of the best ways to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to plan ahead.
Take a small diary and write down your things to remember and assignment due dates. You can then plan how much to do after school each day.
4. Break it up
When there’s a lot to study, it can help to break things into chunks. Don’t feel bad if you were not able to study something in the first go. Take time and analyze what to study and reach deeper into that. If this doesn’t work then leave that topic. After you’ve finished all others, take this topic and do. Now it will surely work. Also if you are not able to remember something, then don’t worry. The more days you spend reviewing something, the more likely it is to stick into your brain. There are tricks called mnemonics which will help you remember the difficult portion. When you are trying to memorize a list of things, make up a phrase that uses the first letter of each.
For example if you are trying to learn the name of eight planets and their order from the sun then try: My very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Noodles to remember Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Pluto was excluded from this list being a dwarf planet. Maybe Pluto is crying now. 😛
Another way to break it up is to study regularly instead of just the night before. Many of us (including me :P) are waiting till the day before exam to study everything. You can always review your notes and read over the chapters you’re working on. Or, if you’re studying math or science, do some practice problems to refresh your memory.
How much studying do you do each night? Your teacher can help you figure it out. According to psychologists, the maximum time one can concentrate on one topic is 20 minutes, that too not achieved by all. So if you’ve been working for a while and find it hard to pay attention, try taking a five minutes break for some water or a walk around your house. Just fight the temptation to turn on the TV or stop working.
5. Lose the Confusion
Ask for help. You can’t study effectively if you don’t understand the material. Be sure to ask your teacher for help if you’re confused about something. Don’t feel bad to ask a doubt in the class. Because “doubts are to be cleared”.
6. Sleep Tight
So the test is tomorrow and you’ve followed you study plan – but suddenly you are
confused. Be sure to ask your teacher for help on something if you are confused.
Pray to God for success. Success only comes if you are blessed by God.