Studying in college and high school is difficult. Sometimes you don't know what to study, how to study it, or even when to study it! All of these questions are answered with this guide.
Know What To Study For
The first step to studying effectively is to know what you need to study for. Could be a quiz, exam, or just general understanding of a concept. Just know what it is.
It's also important to lock on to your professor and teacher during lecture. Whenever they say something twice or make sure that they say something clearly, write it down. Odds are that is a part of the exam and they want your to know it.
How Do You Learn?
We all have different minds and different ways of learning. You may learn best from a lecture while I learn best from one-on-one tutoring. Figure out how you like to learn and what works best for you and you will benefit for the rest of your life.
Also keep in mind that there are visual learners and audio learners. If you are a visual learner take notes or print out slides to keep up. If you are an audio learner see if you can record your professor's lecture with a small handheld digital recorder. You can play it back later and listen to it again.
A Marathon, Not A Sprint
The best way to retain knowledge and understanding is to learn it in small chunks over a large amount of time. Cramming is something that you should never have to do. It usually means that you did not manage your time earlier and you are making up for it now.
Work on every class every week to start learning and studying. However, remember to pace yourself or you will get tired out to early, just like running.
Keep Up Or Fall Behind
This is more true for college and university students. Your professor is not going to go out of their way to make sure you pass so do not expect any of that special attention. If you do not keep up with the learning and studying on your own you will surely see it negatively impact your grades.
Some good ways to stay caught up are always turning in homework early, studying for the easiest quizzes, and keeping a schedule of events for that class.
Use Resources Available
Many universities have tutoring centers where you can go for one-on-one support from a peer or professor's assistant. These are awesome and you have to capitalize on their knowledge.
If you can't figure out a concept or problem on your own you should schedule an appointment for tutoring. However, be ready when you go to that appointment and you will reap the benefits.
Remember that you have to know what to study for, know how you learn, keep in mind that a course is a marathon, keep up in class, and use available resources to see real success. Start taking some of these steps today and you will see a better grade coming your way.