Minggu, 16 Oktober 2011

Be a Good Student!

  • Consider working with a study buddy so that you can ask each other questions that you expect to be on the upcoming test. This way, you can quiz each other. Make practice quizzes and take them by yourself, make practice crossword puzzles and games to help you study. Be wary though -- studying with a friend could possibly distract both of you.
  • Be sure to write legibly and with the correct writing tool during tests. Using pink pens or colored pencils can cause you to lose points.
  • Use mnemonics (devices for memorization) when you can (ex. the names of the planets in our solar system: My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Up Nine Pizzas).
  • Proper planning prevents poor performance. Use Google's calendar to keep track of what you want to do in the coming days in your academic and private life. The "e-mail alerts" and "cell phone (SMS) alerts" services available will remind you just in case you forget about anything.
  • To take good notes, keep them neat and complete. Write down anything that you think is important. Keep separate notebooks for each subject and think about having a table of contents in the front so you can go back and review your work easily. You may even consider keeping two notebooks, one at school and one at home, so if you lose one notebook, you still have another.
  • Follow up class notes with reading from the textbooks. Good reviews may also help. Google Scholar can help you find good review papers. Using the school's wireless internet system or library computers (whether at a public library or in school), you can access Jstor, which is a huge database of scholarly journals that could assist you in either study or writing papers.
  • Be civil to teachers and other students as well. They'll help you more if you're nice to them.
  • Study for upcoming tests that you know eventually will come. By the time the teacher tells you that you have a test, you will be fully prepared and not stressed.
  • Ask questions -- that's why your teachers get paid! They're there to help you, so don't be afraid.
  • SLANT. Over the years, scientists have been observing what good, well rounded students do. S stands for sit up. L, stands for look and listen. A, stands for answer questions. N stands for nod. T stands for talk to your teacher. Hopefully, while you are improving grades this will come to you naturally.
  • When taking a test, if you come to a question you're blanking on, look at the rest of the test. Usually, some questions will have the answer to them as another question as a different part of the test.
  • Note for people who think school is the worst thing ever - Did you know that being smart gets you a better job, and a better job earns you more money?

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