Want to be a Successful Student?

Get interested in the class!  Find a reason(s) to want to like the class.  If you are interested in what you are learning not only will you learn it better you will want to go to class and do the work which will help you get a better grade.

 

Read the original article here!

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How to Study, Part 1

 

Want to learn how to study?  Here are some awesome tips to help you get started.

  1.  Write all of your tests in your Pioneer Passport.  Be sure to give yourself a few days to study for your test.
  2.  Figure out what you need to study and gather it together before you actually sit down to study.  Things like notes, study guides, worksheets, quizzes and don’t forget the textbook.
  3.  Try to guess what types of questions will be on the test.  The better you get at figuring out what will be on the test the better you will be able to study for the test.
  4.  Find a relaxing place to study.  Somewhere where you can relax and focus on the material.

 

Check out Part 2 here for different effective ways to study for the test.

 

How to Study Better

I was reading an article entitled “7 Brain Hacks That Will Dramatically Improve Your Intelligence and Success” the other day on Flipboard and it got me thinking.  This would be a great article to read if a person was looking to increase their studying ability.  I have hit the highlights of the article below.  At the bottom is a link to the entire article if you are interested.

  1. A person should learn information in 50-minute increments.  Remember when we used to reset our OWL at school?  That’s because a person’s brain shuts down from overload.
  2. Study the most important information first.
  3. Don’t multi-task, which means a person may not be able to listen and sing along to music.  It definitely means that a person must put their phone away.
  4. Try new ways to memorize things.
  5. Ask the teacher or someone else that knows the material very well to explain it.
  6. Take notes.  Research has found over and over that writing information will help a person learn it better.
  7. Be prepared to get frustrated or tired. AND KEEP GOING.  It studying was easy we would all get As!

 

Read the entire article here!

What do you think?  Have any of the above worked for you?  Comment below…

5 Myths About Learning That Are Wrong!

I was reading a great article from Flipboard the other day about the 5 myths we have about learning.  A really great article about a super important subject.  Check out a bit of the article here and then be sure to read the entire article from the link at the end.

  • We have set learning styles.  In other words just because a person is a visual learner doesn’t mean a person can’t learn using their hearing or their hands.

 

  • Rereading material over and over again is a good way to study.  No way! It’s a good way to not engage with the information and put 0 effort into the work.

 

  • Focus on one subject at a time.

 

  • A person’s first answer is always the best answer.  Not exactly.  I myself can think of a million times I have thought about an answer and changed it because my initial thinking was false.

 

  • The more hours you put into studying the better you will understand the material.  See above.  If a person is mindlessly reading or not engaging with the information nothing will be remembered.  In fact, a person may just be wasting their time.

Read the entire article here!

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?  Comment below!

How to Study, Part 2

Read How to Study, Part 1 here.

Okay, you are ready to sit down and actually study.  So how do you do it?

1. Flashcards are a great way to memorize information fast. You don’t need fancy card stock to make them.  Simply cut regular paper into squares, write the information you need to memorize and start learning. A great online flashcard tool, that even has a free phone app, is Quizlet.  Quizlet allows you to study other student’s quizzes or you can make your own. Don’t like Quizlet?  Click here to check it out.  There are many other apps and websites that do the same thing.  Comment below if you use something different.

2.  Trying to memorize information quickly?  Write it down, over and over again.  Sometimes writing items down many times helps your brain remember the information better and faster.

3.  Use acronyms to help remember large sets of information.  For example, PEMDAS helps us remember order of operations in math.

4.  Explain the information you are trying to learn to a friend, parent, even your dog.  When you say information out loud it makes your brain make connections to the information.

Do you have a way to study that works for you?  Share in the comment section.

More Study Tips

I have lots of posts on studying because studying will become very important to you once you reach high school.  Be sure to keep these tips in the back of your mind so that you will have them when you need them.

1) Don’t cram — space out your studying

Have a big test coming up?  Don’t wait the night before and study for hours.  Study 10 to 15 minutes everyday.  Not only will you learn the information better but it will stay in your long term memory so that you will not have to relearn it at another time.  That is a good thing, especially if you have to take a final exam.

 

 

 

2) Keep it Positive!

The more you can tell yourself that studying is not so bad, maybe even fun, the more you will be able to stick with it.  Be open to different study routines and be ready to sit down and spend some time studying.  If you can keep a positive attitude you will be much more capable of siting for longer periods to get that studying done.