Study Tip Archive - September 2009
"Begin to study your lessons at least one week before a test or exam. Be sure to concentrate!"
Student, 8th std
"Use note cards...first write the vocabulary word or problem on one side and the definition or the problem on the other side. Study each card about 5 times each night for about a week or so before the test. This will help you do great on your test!"
Student, 9th grade
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
"When you sit down to do your homework, make sure you have everything you need so you don't need to get up for extra supplies."
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
"Your brain is like a file cabinet. If you try to cram everything in at once, you won't be able to retrieve anything later because everything is so disorganized. Organize your "file cabinet" by studying one section at a time and really let the information soak in before moving onto the next lesson."
Student, College Grad
La Habra, California, USA
"Study is like food. We should make a study schedule like we do our eating schedule. Study needs time and the best time for me to study is 6am to 8am and then 6pm to 10pm. Late night study doesn't bring good results and is not good from a physical point of view. Make a habit of daily reading and you will succeed."
Yasir Ali Bhatti
"You need to have questions in your mind as you read."
Padam Singh Lodha Rajput
"Do not think about doing something. Just do it!
Do not think about when you should start. Get started!
"Don`t ever think about what happens around you.
Just focus on yourself and your future."
"Always concentrate on the difficult part of the study material first, as solving it correctly boosts one's confidence. Plan and schedule your work to make your life much easier. "
Kunal R. Sarpal
Atlanta and Alaska, USA
"Have confidence in yourself. Think that you're the best in the class."
"When the work seems tough, believe that you can. Take a break and get back at it. You will be surprised."
Balandra, Trinidad and Tobago
""Don't read too much into a test question. You may get it wrong if you overthink."
Student, Nursing School
Mobile, Alabama, USA
"The way I remember what new vocabulary words mean is to try to associate the word with something in my own life. Here's an example. When I learned about thermostat in a science class, I thought about how my mom always tells my dad he keeps the thermostat too low. That way I remember that a thermostat is something that regulates temperature. "
Student, High School
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
"When taking notes during class be sure to abbreviate things due to the fact that if you don't you will not get everything that's being taught. Try to keep listening when you are writing your notes - half listen and half write."
Student, 10th grade
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
"When I take a timed test I always go through it and answer the questions I know first. Then I go back to work on the others. If I stop to work on one I don't know at first, I probably won't get to ones I can get right."
Student, High School
Chicago, Illinois, USA
"First, read the topic 3 times. Then make a mind map of the main points using bright colors. Every night before you go to bed, reread the topic and review the main points on your mind map. Do this for each subject and each lesson.
"It is a lot easier to study when you have a quiet place to do it in. It is also easier if you schedule a time to study every day."
Greenwood, Indiana, USA
"If you really want to study, find a place at home where it is really quiet. Never bring over friends who would distract you. The room should have at least one window as some cool air will help. For me, the best way I learn is after 11.30 pm when everybody is asleep. Then it is quiet everywhere and I can concentrate more. If you study during the day and your parents keep checking on you, I would recommend you go to your local library. This is a place where for sure nobody will annoy you."
"Set out a "To Do" and "Done" pile. That way you will feel accomplishment when you take a look at all your completed work. Work in regular 1 hour blocks, using a kitchen timer. Give yourself a 5 or 10 minute break to do whatever before getting straight back into it. Do plenty of practice papers under exam conditions - give yourself a head-start in experiencing the pressures of sitting for an exam."
"I never start to study if there is a movie on I really want to watch. Bad move unless you can record it!! Your mind wanders to the movie and you can't concentrate. Have all the things done you feel you HAVE to do. Meals, laundry, walking the dogs... Then settle down where you will be comfy with the least distractions. Have some bottled water and healthy snacks available and get going. Also, don't try to study with a bad headache. Try to get rid of it first."
Student, RN program
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
"First, you have to identify the topic which you have to read about. Then start reading. You will then learn what you need to learn."
"First of all, read carefully. Try to understand what the topic is about. Think about it until you realize the gist of the information. Try to remember it from time to time. If necessary, write it down. Converse about the topic with friends or others.