Study Tip Archive - March 2011
"I always create note cards when I do my research for writing a paper. I use index cards. On each note card I write the category of information, the information in a brief form, and the name of the book that had the information or the address of the website. If I get the information from a book (or maybe a journal), I write the page or page numbers. "
Student, College 1st year
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
"To study something important you must stay focused. Don't think,"Oh! I have to remember all of this!" Just read the assignment, and learn from it. You are more likely to remember something you understood and learned, then something you just tried to memorize word for word, without understanding it."
Student, 7th grade
San Jose, California, USA
"When you want to remember something, put it in your mind, and try to say it at different times.
I think it will help you to study well.
"Here's a real simple way to remember the parts of an atom. Just think of writing them in your notebook with a PEN. P is Proton, E is Electron, and N is Neutron."
Student, 6th grade
Pasadena, California, USA
"Don't take studying as a burden. Just be cool and open your book. Sit with it and forget where you are sitting and the rest of the things in the world. Remember one thing: you have to complete your assigned topic.
"When I'm studying I turn my cell phone off so I can be just studying and not texting.
Coushatta, Louisiana, USA
"I used to look for the easiest classes. But then our school counselor told me that you need to take hard classes if you're thinking about going to college. Taking easy classes will not prepare you."
Student, HighSchool senior
Syracuse, New York, USA
"If you have something that scatters your mind, tell this to yourself: I'm here and now! I have to be here completely. Remember this quote from Henry Ford: "Whether you can do a thing or not,
YOU ARE RIGHT.""
2nd level (year), Iran
"Before you start studying, eat, drink, and clear your mind from everything in this world that is not connected to your studying. Focus on your future goal, sit in a well lighted room ALONE, and always take a break after every 30 minutes of studying. Within the break, drink water, and if necessary take a 15 minute nap to clear your mind. Do not do any physical activities because all your blood will be concentrated on giving oxygen to your muscles instead of your brain. Always read the text as if it is talking to you."
Student, 9th grade
"Drink a glass of water before sitting to study. This will really enrich your brain connections to help you to concentrate."
"When you want to study make sure that you don't have anything that is bothering your mind because it will distract your attention from what you are reading."
"While studying you should concentrate on what you are studying. You should study in a room where there are no gadgets or things that might attract you from your studying. Start your reading at the beginning of what you have to read, not somewhere in between. If you do not start at the very beginning, you will not be able to understand."
"Before studying you should know what you want to accomplish, focus on it , and remind yourself that all your efforts are going to be worth it when you reach your goal. "
Student, secondary school
Aswan , Egypt
"Use what your teacher taught you and practice it."
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
"Take notes on important things that the teacher is saying. It really helps, and you can review the notes when you go home to study the whole class again. "
NY, New York, USA
"Whenever you want to study, you should forget about the rest of the world. Just focus on yourself and your studying. Your time, imagination, and exploration must be focused on studying. You must aovid and ignore anything that might have a negative impact on your acqusition of knowledge."
Suhail AHMED Abbasi
Student, Business Administration
"An acronym KPCOFGS =
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.
I figured this out for Biology to help me remember the order of plant or animal life.(it can be remembered/pronounced as: kay-pea-co-figs)"
Chico, California, USA
"Type what you need to study at your computer. When you type the lesson or words it gets into your mind or brain. In school you can just read the notes again."
Chantal Claire Amores I.
Student, Grade 5
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
"After reviewing notes right after class, write three new things you learned or became aware of, two of the most interesting things in the lecture/class discussion/on the board, and the thing that was most confusing. Remember, anything you do not understand or are not clear on, meet with the professor, or your tutor, or both. To organize your notes, use the column method: draw a line down the page with the narrow side on the left and a very wide one on the right; put the subject, formula, or main idea on the left and the details, methods, experiments, history facts, English essay steps, etc. on the right."
Sacramento, California, USA