How To Become A Straight A- Student : Develop Study Strategies Used By First Class/Distinction Students.

“They know enough who know how to learn” Henry Brooks Adams. 
“Study is like the heavens glorious sun” William Shakespeare
Studying is serious work and if you are reluctant to work you will have problems with your academic work. A high intelligent quotient and photographic memory are helpful but they are not enough to give you the best of grades. You must study but that should be done intelligently.
So, how can I study intelligently or smartly to obtain maximum result? Below are tips on how you can develop the study skill that guarantees success.
  1. Study in short and frequent sessions: Short burst of concentration repeated frequently are much more effective than one long session. So, even if you have 30 minutes. Do it. Take a break, and then study another 30 minutes.
  2. Honor your emotional state: it is not advisable to study if you are tired, angry, distracted or in a hurry. Forcing yourself to sit and study when your mind is on other things is a complete waste of time. If you are emotionally stressed, your brain literally repels data.
  3. Review the same day:  When you learn something new try to go over the points the same day.
  4. Observe the natural learning sequence: Think of the activities you did when you were in a lower class like nursery class. Using your whole arm, you probably performed the song that goes” Put your right hand in, put your right hand out”.  When you study, if you try first to grasp the BIG PICTURE and then fill in the details, you often have a more likely chance of success. Consider how facts you are learning apply to the chapter and the subject of study.
  5. Prepare your study environment:  setting up a study area will help you get into the “Study habit”. If you always work in this place, your brain will begin to switch into “study mode”, as you sit down. In an ideal world, the study area should be: (a) Quite (b) Free of distraction (c) Comfortable (d) Well lit and ventilated. .      
  6. Respect brain fade: It is normal for the brain to have an attrition rate and to forget things. This does not mean that you are stupid, instead of getting mad about this fact, you should expect it and deal with it according. 
  7. Avoid the frustration energy: Ironically, the quicker a person’s nervous system also works overtime in being self-critical.
  8. Take guilt free rest: The reason for resting is to refresh you. However, if you feel guilty that you should really be studying then your precious rest period has been used to create more stress, the brain will not absorb new data if it is stressed. On rest periods really enjoy yourself and do not feel bad about not studying. 
  9. Connect your study to long range goals:  Appreciate that what you are studying will be  relevant to your career in future. If you try to apply what you  study to practical situations in your life, these connections will bring excitement to your study. 
  10. Use multiple methods of study: We learn through repetition. However, that does not mean that we need to study only in one way. Students learn best by using a variety of strategies including: Reviewing notes, making fresh cards, completing homework, outing chapters in the textbook and studying in groups.
  11. Before you begin your study, write down the time you expect to finish. Keep record of your goal setting. This one step will not take any time at all but it can be extremely effective.
  12. Do not put off study: If you are pressed for time, work on at least something from your notes; that way you would not backlog. Unfortunately when you backlog, you must frequently play catch up by pulling an all-night, the night before the exam. You may do well on the exam but long term memory will not be there. 
  13. Create the study time table: Generally, if you schedule certain times of the day to study, you will get into a routine and accomplish more. If you just fit it in during your day chances are that there will never be anytime an effective way to do this is to literally develop a schedule. 
  14. Learn how to take notes during study: Effective note taking will boost concentration and make review/revision quite easy. 
  15. Read difficult materials first because your concentration cycle is high at that point. 
  16. Do rote memory tasks and review, especially details just before you fall asleep. 
Study with a friend. Quiz each other, compare notes and predict test questions.It is easy to score "A" or high points in any academic pursuit. It only takes an understanding of the relevant strategy, which is completely available in this post.

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