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6 More Study Skills Resolutions To Achieve Academic Success

Last week we offered 6 resolutions students can make to enhance their study practice. Here are 6 more from which to choose that are equality effective, and that if implement

Last week we offered 6 resolutions students can make to enhance their study practice. Here are 6 more from which to choose that are equality effective, and that if implement will help you to achieve academic success for the results students want.

1.  Review notes nightly. It’s not enough to just take notes – they also need to be reviewed – especially in the days leading up to a big exam. Spending 10-15 minutes each night reviewing your notes will keep important details about any subject fresh in your mind and will help make any new information “stick”.

2. Set goals. Even the best students set goals for themselves. If we stopped having goals, there would be nothing to work towards. When you accomplish one goal, reward yourself and set another. Stumped on ideas for academic goals? Consult your teacher, guidance counselor and parents or ask your friends what goals they are setting for themselves.

3.  Use your planner. Use your planner to keep track of more than just tests and assignments. Whether you have an appointment with your dentist, coach or guidance counselor, any assignment, deadline or activity related to your life should be noted in your planner.

4.  Stay focused. Put electronic devices away. Keep a healthy snack nearby to provide energy. Find a quiet place in your house or study at the library. When you block out distractions, you will find completing homework gets easier – and you’ll be done quicker!

5. Set deadlines. Setting deadlines for yourself is a crucial part of being an active planner. If you know you have a swim meet Thursday, and your project is due Friday, you need to plan to have it completed by Wednesday at the latest. If you teacher does not impose deadlines, you need to do this yourself.

6. Give your best effort. Recognize your challenges and rise above them by making a valiant effort – always. There are always people to help you and resources to aid you achieve your goals and success. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You can take pride in yourself if, at the end of the day, in your heart, you’ve given your best effort.

The New Year presents a good opportunity to renew one’s focus and commitment to oneself! These 6 suggestions, and those offered last week, are many small steps and adjustments students can take that will make a big difference in the academic success. By the end of the school year, you will have great satisfaction knowing that perseverance and commitment got you the desired results.

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Marc Weissman January 11, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Add to the list: 7) Form a study group to bounce ideas and interpretations off others, and 8) Use mnemonics as much as possible. 9) Don't be embarrassed to recite things to yourself out loud. Using as many senses as possible increases the chances of remembering things. And hearing it is one of the best ways. :)
Stephanie G January 11, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Ditto what Marc said about reciting things out loud - it's worth giving it a try and seeing if it helps you. In high school, I was the kid who luckily skated through with a B+ average while doing little, or no work. My mother used to constantly tell me: "read it, write it, say it". However, I never did anything with that advice until I got to college, where I was overwhelmed between the increase in the work-load while also trying to participate on a sports team. Once I started reviewing my notes in order to create "study sheets", everything changed. Prior to my exams, I would go over my class notes, pull out the facts that I felt were most important and type them into my computer in a simple list format. I would then print the list out and read it aloud to myself over and over (and over) again. I am not kidding that once I started doing this, I started getting straight As. I firmly believe that there is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to study skills and note-taking. What used to be shoved down our throats in school when I was younger just didn't work for me. I had to work to figure out what worked for me, but once I did, I saw huge improvements in my grades. Granted, things have changed considerably since I was in college back in the "dark ages" but some things probably still hold true.

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