Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or even college, I believe that these tips would be very useful for you to study better, absorb your lessons easier, and focus a whole lot more.
- Our first tip would be for you to plan ahead. Using a planner for school helps you write down all of the things that you want to do. It can help you realize your goals, set them, and work your way around achieving them. Keep in mind that it’s easier to study when you know what and how much you should study.
- The second tip would be for you to actually use your planner. Every time a teacher assigns you a project, every time your test dates are updated, write it down on your planner. If you’re in a situation when you can’t do that, try to scribble it down on your phone and then transfer it to your planner the moment that you can. Just make it a habit to look at your planner at the end of each day to see if you missed out on anything, if you need to catch up on something, etc. Pro-tip: Use colored pens or different colored highlighters to organize your planner. For example, if you have three pens, say a blue one, a red one, and a regular black one. You can use the blue one to write down assignments that are due in a couple of days, the red one for assignments that needs your attention within the day, and the regular black one for things that you want to do but are not absolutely necessary (out of class activities, extra credit, etc.)
- Write your class lessons down. Let’s say you’re not the type who brings around a notebook in class to write things down. I know that most kids use laptops and ipads nowadays. I also know that there are tons of apps now that make it easier for students to take down notes and all that. Still, getting your study notes and reminders on paper where you can physically see them is a proven way for you to retain your lessons better. If you’re not a fan of writing lengthy notes by hand, you can consider printing out your digital notes.
- If you know someone older who’s been in the same classes as you are in now, ask them for their personal notes. Yes, this may seem like cheating but a lot of college students do this. Asking your senior’s notes isn’t a bad thing. In fact, since lessons are mostly recycled each year, this is a foolproof way for you to get ahead of your classes and know which sections to focus more on. This can also be a cheeky way for you to jumpstart a conversation with your crush! Okay, I’m kidding. Focus on school, kids.
- Don’t rely too much on your “study station.” I know that we all like to have a special corner for ourselves when studying. Most of the time, it’s at the comfort of our home, where mom’s snacks are. But a change of scenery from time to time may actually help your brain retain information better. So try studying out in the library, the coffee shop, or even at a friend’s house.
- Make a routine of studying every day. I’m not telling you to study for hours and hours each day, that’s just impossible. Besides, every school day is different and some can be more tedious than others. What I’m saying is for you to reserve at least 30 minutes of study time every day. You can spend this time reading through your notes, updating your school planner, or reassessing your academic goals. This way, when the time comes when you actually need to study hard, you wouldn’t feel as much burden and pressure because you’ve accustomed yourself to studying every day.
- Don’t let bad grades keep you down, and don’t be afraid to ask for some help. If you get a bad grade at the beginning of the school year, don’t take that as a sign that your entire GPA is doomed. Just try the tips I said above and work a little harder. You should also consider getting tutor lessons. It’s not shameful to seek for some help and guidance. It’s actually the smart thing to do. Classes in school can be a bit overwhelming. And since there are a lot of you in a class, teachers tend to brush over the subjects, and it’s understandable if you have a hard time absorbing all of them. Tutor centers like On Track Learning offers a variety of packages that can help you catch up on your subjects and understand your lessons better. Know that you don’t have to study alone. We have a team of experts ready to help you get back on track!