Make Yourself Successful in Your Studies
Be committed to your Plan
During all my school days, the students who exceptionally kept committed to
their study plans could be teased and discouraged by their colleagues. I believe this defiance still prevails in the present times and it may happen to you. If this happens to you, remain strong. Do not give up or lose focus. Keep fulfilling your plan and never forget to undertake the following actions.
Keep yourself always prepared: Being prepared means to take everything you need it with you in class. It would be a good idea to take books, folders, pens, pencils, homework, review sheets, highlighters, sticky notes, bookmarks, and anything else you need. Make sure you have everything you need to study.
Be organized: If you are organized, you are one step ahead towards being successful. A good way to start being organized is to keep a folder or a book for each subject. By keeping a folder or a book, it means that you shall be able to put your math papers in your math folder, your Arts papers in the Arts folder, and your science papers in your science folder, and so on. In this way, you will have an easier time searching for your folders, and will have more time to review what you may have learnt the previous days. Ask the teacher, if you have not understood: When a teacher is giving a lesson, take notes from their lecture and, if you don’t understand something, raise your hand and ask questions. The more questions you ask, the smarter you will become. Taking notes and revising will help you to remind yourself on what the teacher was teaching but not to understand.
Avoid getting distracted: Do not distract others and don’t be distracted by other people. Your friends may start talking or passing comments. Do not give pay attention to them, otherwise, you will be distracted. If friends are distracting you, don’t be mean! Just be open and tell them you are struggling to understand what the teacher is teaching and, maybe, you will talk later during lunch. They will understand and may even feel the same way themselves.
Revise your notes whenever you have free time: Rewriting notes taken in class is helpful, especially if you are attending exceptionally hard classes, such as legal studies, economics, chemistry, engineering, etc. Take some time to write some problems up, or you could ask someone to write them for you. Just remember, it is a good idea to go over what you have learned during class.
Start to read a little more: If you are not a good reader, start at your level and work your way up. You may not know this, but reading a little bit more
means that you are challenging your brain, and this enables you to expand your vocabulary and comprehend better when the teacher gives you some
complicated material. Study in a way that is profitable you: Studying is one of the key factors at any level of education. Spending two hours a day studying will improve your grades, but these two hours need to be done in a productive or profitable manner. In order to study profitably, remove all distractions, which may include mobile phones, television, talkative friends and family members, to ensure a calm, distraction-free environment.
Take short breaks while studying: For example, you can take 15-minute break every 2 hours. Don’t lose your cool if you are stuck. If you are stuck, just take a break and refocus on your work when you feel “refreshed”. Taking breaks can help you to work more efficiently and productively. But, do not extend your breaks to a longer time period.
Read ahead of your teacher. That way, you become familiar with what he/she will be teaching and will be able to target areas that you do not
understand so well. Highlight the explanations of difficult concepts and ask questions when you have doubts.
Study on time: It is advisable to start studying at least a few days before a test. Make a study schedule and, if an extracurricular activity gets in the way of your studying, tell the person in charge of that event that you will not be able to attend it, or that you will have to leave earlier. However, there will be certain situations where you will have to attend. In this kind of situation, you will just have to study another day. This is where your study schedule comes in. Write out a schedule of the week of your tests and find your free time.
Always remember, use your time wisely. Study as if you are motivated by the outcome of your hard work.
Do your homework: Teachers give you homework for you to review what you have learned that day. Take advantage of your free time and do your
homework on the way home from school and during any spare time. Do much of it at school as you can ask your teacher or friends, just in case you need help. Make sure not to rush for your homework and be sure to check it and make it as neat as possible. If you really want to be successful, you should know, right from the beginning, that when you want to be great at anything, you have to put up with things that just don’t seem fair. Doing your homework is such a big deal. Always remember that homework can also help you develop good studying habits and attitudes. Always do what is asked of you.
Kaweesa Simon Peter,
Patron Writers Club,
King Ceasor University