Study tips that’ll earn you an A+

on February 6, 2017

Studying is a necessary part of being a top scholar and getting into your top college. 


Students with good study habits manage their time and plan ahead. There are simple steps to take to become a prepared student who doesn’t have to cram for finals or beg a teacher to grade on a curve at the end of the semester.


Here are a few study tips:


Read the Syllabus


Most teachers hand out or post a syllabus within the first week of class. Reading this document is a lifesaver. Note important dates such as exams, papers, reading deadlines and group projects. Reading the syllabus also is a good way to determine if the class is a good fit for your education. Don’t waste time in a class that isn’t going to teach you what you want to learn.


Time Management


After reading the syllabus, plan your study time. There are so many opportunities outside of the classroom it can be difficult to remember to study. For students who work or have obligations, finding time to study can be challenging. Determine if you can study in the morning, in between classes or in the evening. Find the best time, in the best place, to get the work done.


Delete the Distractions


The Internet is a dangerous place. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat are tempting time-wasters. If need be, download an app like Self Control to block sites while you’re studying.


If you’re worried about incoming calls or texts, switch your phone to airplane mode. Additionally, consider your music preferences. Studies show listening to background music can be either helpful or hurtful. 


Find a Study Buddy or Group


It’s all about accountability. If you’ve made plans with others to study as a group, you’re more likely to show up and do the work. If you do problem sets or readings and having trouble understanding the material, your classmates can help you.


Take Notes


Don’t forget what you’ve read. Most teachers don’t assign work for fun. What you read is likely to show up again. Make notations as you go through your readings and problem sets.

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