Some of our students think that school is a stressful experience. They confuse study with pain. According to them, whatever efforts they put, the rewards are mediocre or poor.
This article is exactly meant for such students. If they understand the following 10 tips and practice them with care they can easily become smart students excelling in studies and life.
- Learn to like the school life
School life itself is fun. Remember the fact that you enjoyed natural learning like crawling, standing up etc when you were a kid. Similarly, formal studies can be joyful if we associate pleasure with it, instead of pain. Studying is intellectual fun, where we are excited by new ideas.
Moreover, school is not just about studying. It is about staying fit, it is about building a bright career, it is about winning the competition, it is about getting other kids to like you, it is about getting the teacher to like you. School is the best place to develop all these skills. Your teacher is the facilitator for you to use all these opportunities.
- Start early
Smart students don’t wait for exam season to prepare seriously. Forcing information during the last few days if incredibly inefficient. Instead smart students try to slowly bank the concepts and facts as they come through day to day teaching and studying. For them pre-exam study becomes a quick recap rather than a first attempt at learning.
So don’t wait for quarterly exam time table or final exam time table. Start your systematic studies today itself.
- Set your study goals
Success is not an accident. It begins with well-conceived goals.
Part of your learning to identify your long-term goals like career goals or annual goals. Also on a short-term basis you have to plan effectively study.
Use daily or weekly ‘To Do’ lists to help you to plan and prioritize. It can be satisfying to tick-off the tasks you’ve completed on a list.
- Use the right study technique
There are a few scientific techniques to study effectively and score high marks. PQRST method is one among the popular methods. It is an acronym of the five steps – Preview, Question, Read, Self-recitation and Test.
Skim the headings of the entire chapter. Your most important goal is to find out how the chapter is organized. Now you have a bird’s eye view of the entire chapter.
Turn the subheadings under the major headings into questions that you expect to be answered in that part of the text. It raises curiosity to learn. It also helps to focus your learning process.
Try to see if the questions you anticipated are answered. Reflect on what you read; put it in your own words. Try to connect what you are reading to things you already know. Don’t mark of highlight words or passages as you come to them the first time. Read and understand the passages so that you can remember all the material with minimum markings of key words.
This is the most critical part. After reading a small section, perhaps a page or two CLOSE THE BOOK and try to write down the main ideas and as many details as you can, and then check yourself. Do it again. Do it as many times as you need to until you can close the book and reproduce the material meaningfully. Develop your own mnemonics for memorizing major points, or any details that you find confusing.
After some time has passed, try to reproduce the material as you did above. The key here is that you must give yourself enough time to forget some of the material. Now you should re-generate the material with your own mnemonics and connections.
5.Leave No Islands
When you read through a textbook, every piece of information should connect with something else you have learned. If you leave islands of information, you won’t be able to reach them during a test.
When people cannot understand the words, they hate the subject. When people understand all the words in a subject, they can master the subject.
Understanding the correct definition of every word in a sentence guarantees you correctly understand the sentence. For the correct understanding use dictionaries and get the help of your friends and teachers.
- Learning is in Your Head
Having beautiful notes and a perfectly highlighted textbook doesn’t matter if you don’t understand the information in it. Your only goal is to understand the information so it will stick with you for assignments tests and life. Don’t be afraid to get messy when scrawling out ideas on paper and connecting them in your head. Use notes and books as a medium for learning rather than an end result.
- Teach It
Find someone who doesn’t understand the topic and teach it to them. This exercise forces you to organize. Spending five minutes explaining a concept can save you an hour of combined studying for the same effect.
If you can not find somebody to teach, “lecture to the wall.” Find a room where you can be alone. Read a passage in a book — maybe only a page. Then close it. Lecture to the wall.
You summarized in your own words what you have just read. If you can’t remember what you’ve just read, re-read the passage. Then try again.
- Use the opportunities
Schooling is not just meant for subject studies. The development of an all round personality is the main objective of true education. Co-curricular activities conducted by the school are opportunities to learn different skills which will be very useful in future interviews and life situations. Always use such opportunities to build a confident personality.
- Be regular
Success is the fruit of regular efforts. Try to be regular in all the tasks you take. Researches show that most people study best in the morning. So if you think you can do it, try to readjust your sleep schedule so that you can concentrate on your studies in the golden hours.
Being a good student does not mean you have to close yourself off from your friends and family. Just be very clear to them that your study time is precious for you. If you do receive calls while you’re hitting the books, tell whomever it is that you’ll talk to the person later, when you can give him/her your full attention.
- Be focused on your goals
When you focus on your goals, the distractions of life are less likely to take you down and keep you from reaching your goals. When we’re focused, many times we don’t even see the distractions. If we do see the distractions, we don’t give them so much attention that they take from us the ability to keep focusing on the goal. Your career goal, your annual goal, the weekly goal, and today’s to-do list will help you maintain your focus.
Always have a check with your goals.
If you practice the above 10 steps, you will become a smart student and you will be appreciated not only by your school but also by your parents.