Study Tip Archive - July 2010
"1-Be aware of what you are going to do prepare your mind. What do you already know about your study material? What new ideas do you expect to learn? Ask, ask, ask, and ask to help you to concentrate only on your studying.
2-Before you try to read your textbook, first scan and skim it. Then change the headings and subheadings into questions and then try to answer them before you read the material. Then start reading, seeking answers to the questions you came up with.
3-When you finish reading, close your textbook and then try to remember what you have read, or better, try to answer the questions you prepared before reading. By now you will be able to answer most of the questions. Go back and look only for the information you have forgotten.
4- Now that you have finished your reading, you have to use other approaches in order to remember the information easily. Discuss it, read it again, tape and listen to the information, listen to the information while someone reads it to you, ask questions you might have about the information, write and rewrite the information,
form images of the information in your mind, and think about the information in order to make it easy to remember.
5- Try to have fun with the information. Make rhymes and even jokes about the information, the sillier the better. Think of ways to make it colorful and interesting."
"Flash cards will be your best friend in college. Buy the white ones and only use a black marker. One of my professors said that black on white imprints the information in your mind so you'll be able to remember it better. She was right. Also, I like to repeat lines out loud several times until I can say them without looking, but even then I keep repeating them because it pushes my thinking to the limits. This helps with remembering definitions. "
Student, College Sophomore
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
"First choose the subject that you're going to study thoroughly. Then work hard to reach that goal. It is the key of success"
"In a textbook, if something is in italics or bold, then I know it's important information. I make sure to include this information in my notes. "
Student, College soph
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
"Focus on something. Set a goal and achieve it. Set a goal that is higher than where you are now.
The goal should be clear and flexible.
As always, "There's no royal way to success.""
"When you come home from school, relax and then read or try to recollect what you learned that day. This will help your understanding and remembering."
"Always wear a watch while studying. This will help you to utilize your time properly to maintain a study schedule. You should not study more than an hour at a stretch in a particular subject. If you feel bored, indulge yourself in your hobby. Reward yourself after completing the study schedule."
"While you are sitting to study, you may become sleepy. Just eat something that has sugar to give a glucose supply to your brain.
This will also work in the classroom when a lecture is boring."
"Whatever you study in the whole day, if you try to remember it at night just before you sleep, it will help you to remember it for long time."
Bhanu P Ramisetti
"When I get tired of studying, I take a nice, relaxing nap. Try it. When you wake up you'll be ready to take on those notes!"
Student, 9th Grade
Detroit, Michigan, USA
"When I start answering a question on a math test I first come up with an estimate of the answer. Then when I do the problem, I redo it if my answer is way off my estimate."
Student, HS 9th
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
"When I study I keep a glass of water on my study table. When I am tired of studying
I take a sip of water. This makes me energetic
""Whenever I have to study for a math test, I always review problems that the teacher did in class. I do this because it makes me feel more prepared for the type of questions that are going to be on the test." "
Ft. Myers, Florida, USA
"Whenever I have many things to do, I classify them under the headings Important and Urgent, Not Important or Urgent, Important but Not Urgent, and Not Important and Not Urgent."
Student, 6th grade
"Whenever you want to quit studying and you have a test or something, just say to yourself that you have to do it, no other way. Or sing a motivating song or something. It helps to boost energy. If it doesn't work, go straight to the kitchen, eat some energy food, and come right back to your study table to start refreshed once again.
Student, 9th grader
"When I learn something new, I go over the points on the same day. I especially focus on one subject each day. This helps me to remember my lessons and has helped me to get good marks in 10th."
"Study is meant to be done with great care and concentration. If at any point you feel yourself dropping or losing concentration, just quit for a while. You know, that might be better than reading the text again and again without getting any meaning. But don't do it frequently; it might cause you time loss and waste."
Student, 9th grader