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  Study Tips to Help You Make the Grade
By Brittany Griffin
Article provided by iHigh.com

News Story 35605 Image Our student study expert has compiled a list of the top ten things you can do to help you study better to prepare for college:

Studying is not necessarily one of the easiest steps of the learning process. Some people have learned how they should memorize and study material, but other people have never figured out how to actually do it. A lot of how you should study depends on how you actually learn. There are tests available to tell you whether you are a bodily kinesic learner, a verbally linguistic learner, an auditory learner, etc. Perhaps you learn best by hearing something, or maybe itās by writing it. Based on whatever style fits you, you should make this the foundation of your study habits.

Regardless of your learning style, there are steps and tips to studying something that can help just about everyone. It would behoove you to follow them no matter how you learn, because it generally makes the entire process much easier. Here they are:

1). Cramming isnāt a good idea. Thereās no way you can learn an entire test worth of material in one night, and if you try, you might stress yourself out enough that you canāt absorb any of it. Then youāre left with the same situation when finals come around (oh those dreaded tests that some demented person thought up) and thatās a big fat ick. Reviewing what youāve been doing on a daily, or even a weekly basis could solve these problems come test time.

2). Donāt go for that old gimmick of an upright chair, a noiseless atmosphere and a pot of coffee to stay awake. Perhaps those arenāt the best conditions for you. Yeah, music is OK to study with. In fact, I sometimes think that reviewing works best when youāre not as stressed by so such hard concentration. You just might learn better when youāre more relaxed. Concentration can break easier when itās been held for a long period of time on one thing. But be cautious, being too comfortable doesnāt help either!

3). Yes, highlighters do work. These little guys come in handy when youāre using note cards or highly detailed notes for study guides and youāve got an exam on nothing but facts coming soon. Get rid of useless details and highlight MAIN POINTS. Your life will be much easier.

4). If youāre really having trouble, take whatever you have to memorize with you. Maybe at school you can take them to different classes and when thereās down time, review. If you step outside, take them along and maybe you can catch a glance at them. In your spare time youāre probably relaxed and awake enough to remember what you try to study.

5). Do not cause yourself unnecessary stress. Stress is the student's worst enemy. If you donāt think you have to study for a test, then donāt. Causing your mind to fatigue decreases your level of concentration and that hurts you during test-taking conditions. Only study if there is material you havenāt yet totally understood, that way you dontā waste any time.

6). Use all the resources you have available. If you still donāt understand any notes or information you have, make use of all of those resources. Thereās the Internet, libraries, encyclopedias, tutoring programs (at your school or on computers) and of course, your friends and teachers. They can explain it to you in greater depth if you need it.

7). Remember your own human limitations. You cannot possibly remember everything you study. The human brain doesnāt have that kind of power. You canāt memorize every bone in the human body in one day, so donāt try. Accepting the fact that there are some things outside your brainās reach is OK. Donāt study for twelve hours on finals weeks because you donāt remember the middle names of the first 15 presidents. Just do the best you can, sorry for the cliche'.

8). OK, youāll probably think I sound like my teacher is hanging over my shoulder, but I mean it when I say doing your homework does help. Usually instructors design your assignments in hopes that theyāll help you remember and learn material. If you donāt do them, learning everything is basically up to you and whatever bits you can get from your teachers during class.

9). If you study with friends, you can recite material in front of them and vice versa, thus helping you if you are an auditory learner. They can also explain things in greater depth if they understand something better than you. Itās quite a plus if you have compatible learning styles, like auditory or intrapersonal. These styles work very well with partners.

10). Motivation is the key for making you want to study. Put your goal at a higher GPA than what you got on your last report card. Think of how you could possibly reward yourself if you make your goal. Make sure itās incredibly tempting. This may sound like one of the corniest suggestions on this list, but in reality itās sometimes the only thing that can make people actually bother to sit down and study.

Studying is not fun. If it is, perhaps you arenāt doing it thoroughly enough. But, if you concentrate on your purpose and you learn something, it will become much easier and less stressful. As a 12-year veteran of the entire process, believe me when I say you want to make it as easy as possible. Do it right the first time and your worries could be laid to rest. Now, Iām going to go slowly rip apart my textbooks; care to join me?

Article provided by iHigh.com

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