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3. Start or Join a Study Group
When you have classes that involve complicated
materials or have large volumes of reading, you should consider
forming a study group with your peers. Quiz each other and explain
things to each other. If there is a large amount of material you
may want divide up the research and report back to each other. If
you find that you are the one person in the group who knows much
more than the others, You may still gain much from the study session.
You will be practicing formulating your ideas. So even if you help
bring your classmates from a C to a B, you may bring yourself from
a B to an A. However, if the tests are highly competitive and graded
on a curve, then you need to weigh the value of your study group.
Make sure you leave yourself time to study on your own.
2. When You Study Set Goals and Take Breaks.
Figure out how much work you need to do and
how long it will take to do it. Set yourself the goal of completing
a certain amount of work and then taking a study break. When you
are studying, be very focused on studying. When you take your breaks,
get up, walk around, get the blood flowing in your body and brain.
If you are studying with a friend, hang out, talk, and socialize.
Its harder to take breaks if you leave all of your studying to the
last minute hand find yourself cramming like crazy in a 7 hour study
session, but it still helps to clear your head. Measured study with
break gets the most done without burning you out.
1. Study in a Chair at a Table
Do all your reading, writing and studying
at a table, sitting upright in chair. Be sure to have good lighting,
fresh air and fluids nearby. This is the number one most important
technique to getting more out of studying and getting better grades.
So many people lay on the floor to study, sit on a bed to study
or recline on the sofa to study. If you are lying down, chances
are, you'll get sleepy and fall asleep. When you are lounging,
your mind drifts out of focus. When you are sitting upright, in
a well-lit room, your studying will be the most focused. Every hour
of studying this way could be worth two hours of studying on the
bed or sofa. That means more time for fun.
Good Luck. People we know with good
study habits are less stressed and require less cramming before
exams. They tend to get better grades too.