Study More Effectively
How To Get Better Grades
Learning how to study effectively takes time and practice, and different methods will work well for different people. However, there are certain methods that are time tested and have proved to be useful for many different individuals with a wide variety of temperaments and learning styles.
The following are some techniques you can use to improve your grades in school and get more out of each study session.
If you are preparing for a test and you need to review a significant chunk of material, prepare a review sheet based on the most relevant points. (Sometimes your teacher or professor will help you by preparing a review sheet with the most relevant points.) If you need to prepare your own review sheet, please know that checking through the material and boiling it down to its key points is in itself an effective form of studying.
Once you (or your teacher) have prepared your review sheet, read through it silently at least three times.
After silently reviewing your review sheet three times or more, you will now want to review it by reading it aloud. You can read it aloud more than once if you like. Reading it aloud allows the material to “enter your memory” in yet another way.
If you really want to make sure that the information will stay with you until you have completed the exam, you may also want to try copying the review sheet in longhand onto another sheet of paper. This is a third way that you can learn, and it can be very effective, especially if you are trying to commit the material to memory. (If you want to mix things up a bit, review the items on the list in reverse order and/or in random order.)
To summarize, after reviewing the material silently, out loud, by writing it down in long hand on a separate piece of paper, and by reviewing the items on the sheet in reverse and/or random order, you may also want to ask a friend or family member to quiz you on the material. Turn the review sheet over to your friend or relative and ask them to ask you about each of the key points. You may want to go through all of the material a couple of times in this way as well.
A few additional tips: Once you have reviewed the key points of your material using some or all of the tips mentioned above, you will also want to be sure to get enough sleep the night before the exam, eat a healthy breakfast so that you are adequately fueled up and make sure you are properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Also be sure to visit the rest room immediately before your exam and wear clothing that is loose and comfortable.