REVEALED! 10 Study Tips on How to Become an A Student
- June 21, 2021
- Posted by: Fanalyst Academy
- Category: Insights
We all have different ways by which we study. Ways that work best for us. However, it is quite agreeable that there are precepts that best describe effective study, from which we shape out what works best for us. For instance everyone needs to be in a class to study, but everyonedon’t have to behave the same way in aclass; while listening alone works for student A, listening alone may not work for student B.
Now, this brings us to the premise that there is no singular approach to effective study. Mind you, study in this context comprises not just of the actual reading of a text but class attendance, reading, working on assignments, preparingfor tests, even interaction with other students as well as teachers. So, study in this context is school work in entirety.
Everyone can attempt to study or actually study, but I beg to think that study is only complete when the purpose is achieved; which is ‘knowledge assimilation. ‘ Many students fail at this because they got it wrong in their attempt to study which leads to frustration, panic and failure.
Every student wants to succeed even the seemingly less serious ones, I mean they wouldn’t mind seeing a miracleof high grades in their score sheets. Well, for the serious students and the less serious students that have tried to study but often come short, here are some tips that may be of help.
Truly, studying effectively and staying motivated do not come easily, hence the need for discipline. Now these tips I am about to enumerate won’tmake any difference if you don’t maintain a level of discipline. The more discipline you maintain the better results you will get.
- Keep away from distractions
Believe me, you keep going back to reading that passage in your text book because you keep replying to your friend’s message online. Effective study is void of distractions. I know distractions are everywhere but they are avoidable. So steer clear of distraction; friends, social media, cellphone. Now don’t get me wrong already, I am not preaching against friends, social media and cellphone. Just keep away from those when you are set to study or are in class. It will enable you learn better.
- Have a study plan and stay organised
Having a study plan will help keep you stay focused and organised. Have a to-do list regarding assignments and tests. Create astudy timetable. Carry out self-tests in anticipation of the types of questions your instructor may ask. Make sure you set specific goals to be achieved during every study session, this will help you keep track of your progress and achievements. Ultimately, having a study plan won’t only keep you organised but ready as well. And a good student is one that is always ready!
- Find a conducive place of study
For some the classic library setting works for them, for others it doesn’t. For effective study, you need to have a conducive reading place; it may be quiet, well-lit and enclosed or out in the open. Which ever works for you, just make sure you have a reading spot that agrees with your person and/or assimilation capacity.
- Be attentive during lessons
Attentiveness in class cannot be overemphasized. It is crucial for a good student to exhibit genuine attentiveness in class if he or she aspires to succeed. For effective study to take place, one has to pay attention during lessons and this means listening actively and taking down notes when necessary. Attentiveness will broaden your understanding of the particular subject matter being taught, which will make it easier for your to read and understand during notes review.
- Be inquisitive about gray areas
Always ask questions when you fail to grasp a meaning or lesson. Do not shy away from asking questions. However, if you are uncomfortable asking questions publicly, you can meet the teacher privately at an auspicious time and ask for clarification or re-explanation. I’ll advise you tackle gray areas as a matter of urgency, it helps prevent the problem of developing cold-feet for follow-up or forgetfulness which may affect your study program causing you to find clarification in a rush when a test is at hand.
- Always keep notes up-to-date
Endeavour to always take down notes or acquire up-to-date notes. Incomplete note will only impede against effective learning. The time spent looking for an up-to-date note or copying a missed notecan be used to read a topic or two from your textbook or course. Moreover, having an incomplete note is like planning to fail because the teacher may decide to set most of the test or exams questions from the notes of the topic you failed to take down or acquire.
- Revisit notes taken during lessons
This is important, because it helps cement what you learned during a lesson in your head. In other words,it helps move material learned from short-term memory into long-term memory. Revisiting your notes will further clarify your understanding of a topic, thus making you ready for even unanticipated tests.
- Simplify notes
Highlight key words, outline points, create visual aids such as mind maps, charts, story webs and so on. All of these will help condense and simplify your notes, making you understand better and remember better too. Notes can be much and overwhelming which is why simplifying your notes will reduce the stress of reading for a test or exams in later times. Matterof fact, once you were able to read, understand and simplify your notes, then you are done with the notes _really done understanding the lessons in the notes.
- Take breaks between study periods
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, they say. Well, this saying does hold water especially when it comes to studying. Straining your mind to understand a lesson or cram a statementdoesn’t help, you can spend an hourwithout actually understanding a thing. It is healthy to take breaks in between study periods. It refreshes your mind, allows it to rest and regain the strength to assimilate.
Now, everyone has different ways of reading and assimilation. While some can read long hours without feeling strained, others can read only few minutes. Either way, it is healthy you take breaks and allow your brain to refresh, it helps you study better and healthier. Know your pace and take breaks in between.
- Talk to teachers and discuss with colleagues
Meeting with your teachers and talking with them for clarification or further understanding will go a long way in making you ready for tests or examinations. It allows for one-on-one interaction which could be more effective. Also, interacting with your colleagues will keep you actively engaged, allowing you to test your knowledge viaquizzing each other as well as helping to boost your confidence.
Effective study is a skill one needs to cultivate; nurture sound study habits, find what best works for you, be discipline and have a bit of patience. This will help produce better results in your academics, thereby benefitting your life in general.