Since I’m back in college and I got two A’s for my assignments in the first semester (sorry for the humblebrag, but at least you know the tips below work, am I right?) I’ve been thinking about studying effectively a lot.
What separates truly successful students from those who aren’t as successful? You might say ‘intelligence’ right away. While that’s true in some cases, work ethic almost always beats out intelligence. You don’t have to be born a genius to get good grades – I certainly wasn’t. Below you’ll find five habits I’ve consistently worked on in the first semester, and that have played a big part in getting only A’s so far.
Go to the lectures and pay attention
Even if you think you don’t have to. Or because you think you already know all of the material. A lot of professors will give you clues as to what they feel is point of emphasis. Take notes in class. It’s tedious, but you’ll thank yourself later when the test comes up. I like to write my notes down on paper, because it forces me to focus on the lecture more. My laptop is just a distraction for me.
Before getting to class, do the recommended preparation. If you have any mandatory reading assignments, do them before your class. This allows you to understand the class better, because the information isn’t new. I also like to reread my notes from the last class to freshen my mind on the topic a bit. This allows me to connect the dots between different subjects more easily. And when you understand something, it’s much easier to remember. Read More »