The month of September marks a fresh start for a new academic year. You can practically smell the scent of freshly sharpened pencils and crisp lined paper in the air! Make this academic year of 2010-2011 one of success by earning an A letter grade. Master the keys of study skills, which are essential to raising your grade, with these tips.
Study skills tip #1: Buy the right supplies
In order to be successful in school, you need to invest in the right equipment. Spiral bound notebooks, binders, mechanical pencils, black ink pens, highlighters, index cards, and folders are all recommended materials. The supplies you decide to buy depend on your preferences. If you are unsure, select a few different materials to choose from and test them out before settling into your decision. Each class in which you are enrolled should have a designated supply for note taking.
Study skills tip #2: Go to class
Take your freshly bought supplies and go to class! Attending the entire lecture is vital to your success in a course because it is impossible to study for a class if you have no idea what you are expected to study. Get to class early to set up your supplies, take a breath, and mentally prepare yourself for the task ahead.
Study skills tip #3: Pay attention
As much as people enjoy the metaphor, your brain is not a sponge! You have to pay attention in class. This can be quite a challenge after a long summer of mental freedom. Your mind is likely to wander frequently at the beginning of an academic year and it takes will power to break this habit. When you realize you have lost interest or are daydreaming, simply pull your attention back to the lecture. If you are diligent about doing this, it will become easier to pay attention to the entire lecture as the academic year progresses.
Study skills tip #4: Take notes
Taking notes is the single most important step you can take in raising your grade in a class. It is unlikely that you will remember what happened in a lecture one week, one day, or even one minute after it was presented, so keep thorough notes.
Study skills tip #5: Study
Following tips 1 through 4 will fully prepare you for the most important study skills tip: studying! Studying includes reviewing notes, reading textbooks, making flash cards, and summarizing ideas. Study frequently, not just before a test.
Getting an A is an achievable goal as long as you have good study skills.