If you are in school or have been in the past, you know how important good grades are to your future success. You also likely understand that this does not come easily—you have to put time and effort into your studies to be successful in school, and this takes up time that could be used to do other things such as go out with friends, work on sports teams, or pursue extracurricular activities. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your studying so that you can keep your grades high while keeping up with other interests outside of school as well.
The more organized your notes are, the easier it will be to review your material
Make sure to save your notes in an organized fashion. For example, you could separate your chemistry notes into different folders by week or section. This way, if you need to review a particular topic, you can refer back to specific pages with ease. Additionally, as teachers are often moved around from school to school, it’s a good idea to have backup copies of your notes on hand just in case you have multiple teachers or have to switch schools mid-year.
Add charts, graphs, and pictures to keep you interested
If you’re like most students, you probably prefer to read an essay than watching a video—but since studies show that using visuals can make learning easier, it might be worth your while to consider embedding some visual aids into your notes. One study published in Psychological Science found that students who added photos and illustrations were far more likely to recall information later than those who wrote text-only notes.
Connect what you’re studying with real-life applications
When students fail to see how what they’re learning will apply to their lives, it becomes harder to be engaged. Make school more relevant by keeping connected with real-world applications as you study. For example, if you’re taking an accounting class, find an internship or volunteer opportunity at a small business so that you can learn about real-life applications for accounting principles—and possibly earn some extra cash while you do it!
Don’t forget to review!
If you’re heading back to school, take a moment to review all that you learned during your last year of education. It is a quality of good teachers. You may not have fully appreciated everything you learned during your previous year, so now is a great time to reflect on what truly stuck with you and what material you want to revisit. Knowing where your strengths and weaknesses lie will help make sure that when it comes time to study for exams, you will be ready!
Exercise helps create new connections that can help you remember things.
We all have different brains, but one thing we share is our brain’s need to form new connections to learn and remember. Some people are visual learners—these folks find that it helps their memory if they write things down or draw pictures. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it might just help you retain those 1,000 words as well.