Study Tips: Three Steps to Better Results!
“Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to the health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.” Leonardo Da Vinci
Getting good results in examinations is not just important for moving to the next level of education (grade 7 to 8, 9 to 10, 12 to university or college). It is a fact that what you learn in primary and secondary school will form the foundation for the rest of your life, including your academic and professional careers.
Read on below for three key tips to help you study better and improve your grades.
Step 1: Get Into the Right Mindset
How you approach your studies has everything to do with how well you perform: If you are motivated and engaged you will do far better than if you are simply going through the motions. So how do you find the ‘right’ mindset? Below is how you can achieve a right mindset:
Set realistic goals.
Trying to over-achieve can set you up for frustration and failure, but underachieving won’t help you improve your grades. Identify goals that will be challenging but attainable, then stick with them. A few ideas for academic goals include finishing every assignment or homework before class, attending all classes whenever you can, or keeping your results average above a certain level.
You have to want to do your best in order to succeed in school. This may be easy for the classes you love, but all of us have subjects that we find challenging or just plain boring.
Find ways to motivate yourself, whether it is an immediate reward like a study break or a long term reward like buying that special something you have been eyeing. You can also enlist your parents to offer you rewards for achieving your academic goals.
Even the best of students get discouraged in school sometimes. Don’t let a few difficult assignments or failed exams get you down – just identify what you still need to learn and forge on. Keeping those rewards in mind will help!
Step 2: Stay Organized
The secret to every straight-A student’s success is organization, but this doesn’t come naturally to most people. Here are a few ways you can organize your academic life:
Manage your time.
Get a physical or digital calendar and use it to track your class schedule and important deadlines and organize your time. Make sure to allot time for studying and homework each day, which will help you complete all your assignments and still have time for chores, extracurricular activities and socializing.
Keeping your study space neat will help you concentrate and make it easier to find important textbooks and notes. This also applies to your notebooks. Organize your notes by subject and date in a system that you find intuitive and efficient.
Step 3: Develop Good Study Habits
Not only will the study habits you develop now improve your high school grades, they will carry you into university or college and beyond. Follow these basic tips and watch your work improve:
- Go to class regularly and on time.
- Review your readings and notes from the previous class before each session.
- Complete your assignments with enough time to review them before you hand them in.
- Tackle large projects like research in manageable increments.
- Study a little bit every day rather than cramming the night before a big exam or essay deadline.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise gets endorphins, the feel-good hormones, pumping through your body.
- Drink lots of water. Six to eight glasses of water a day is essential to regulate metabolism and flush toxins from the body. It also keeps your joints, organs (and your brain is one!) and tissues in good shape.