Although I am under-qualified to talk about almost anything, I believe academics is something that I am actually qualified to talk about. With hopes to help one of my readers get better grades in school, I decided to write down my study habits. These are things that I do personally in all my classes, and so, hopefully, you can adopt a few of them and get better grades yourselves.
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In the classroom
- Sit in front- there will be no students infront of you to distract you and so all of your focus shall be on the lecture.
- Take effective notes. Use different color pens and pencils to note importance, definitions, key words, etc.
- I like to finish as many essays as possible within the first 2 weeks of school. Now some essays the teachers will not give you the topics of until later in the year, and so one of the ways to work around that is to simply tell the teacher that you will have an exam or another essay at the same time and that you would like to write the essay first. This has worked 100% of the time for me so you should give it a try. This combats the end of the semester lag and laziness. Get as much work done when you have the most motivation and energy to actually work.
I finished about 50% of my essays within the first month last semester, and I literally waited for the deadlines or the start of the deadlines to come so that I could be the first one to turn the essays in. And by having so much time, you are given a lot of time to revise and polish the essays. A double win.
- When studying, make sure that you do not have any distractions. This is especially important for essay writing. I often use a program called cold turkey. It is a program that forces you to write a certain amount of words or for a certain amount of time that you input at the beginning of your writing session. If it is just studying, then make sure you are in a well lit area, you have all the materials that you need, and that you are in a quiet place. I like to study in my own room, a lot of people don’t like that because they get distracted to easily, but it’s just who I am.
Outside of school
- Make sure you are eating healthy. If you are a college student, then most likely you do not know how to cook, you do not do your laundry on a weekly basis, and you basically have no control over your life. Fix that. It’s easy. Use the youtube cooking videos that are a minute long and find 3-4 easy and healthy recipes that you can eat on a daily basis. You are what you eat. If you eat crap, your performance will reflect that.
- Work out.
I have said this a million times, working out regulates stress, and so you will be calmer during test season and so on. It will also make you open minded, and so you will be better at decision making. Working out will also give you something else for your mind to work/think on. Why is this important? Let’s say that you fail a test or you don’t get that A you needed for that one class. IF you didn’t work out then most likely you will get depressed, and do worse on your other classes for the period that you feel down. By having something else that you can depend your ego on, one failure will not ruin your self image because you have another pillar for your self esteem. Working out diversifies your identity.
And then there are the other positive side effects of deeper sleep, more energy, and overall increase in mental health.
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It’s that simple,