An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.”    – Anatole France.

How true that is. Sometimes learning is not about what you remember off the top of your head, it is about actually internalizing and being able to apply what you have learned.

How many times are you sitting in a class and you just want to get the grade? I know I do that all the time. As a student, sometimes it is easy to get caught up in things, and all you focus on is the grade. But when you are sitting at work, you may realize that you should have worried about paying just a little bit more attention to what the professor was actually saying than worrying about what would be on the test. Here  are five ways to get the grade while actually learning what is being taught.


There are many times when students think that they already know the material. They are so involved with other distractions, it can be easy to do. There are many distractions, such as Facebook, Twitter, and many other internet sites. If a student completely focuses on the lecture, they can get much more out of the lecture than a student that is multi-tasking.

Internalize it, and Ask Questions

One thing that helps is actually thinking about the material that you learned. If you have any questions about the subject at hand, then ask the professor. Professors are more than happy to help students. They are there to help, and would love a student to visit them during their lonely office hours.

Think About It Late

Students will be amazed to find how thinking about what they learned will help them remember   what was talked about in a lecture. Even just reading over notes right after a lecture will solidify   what was learned in a lecture and help the student remember for a long time.

Find Real World Applications

Students find that if they can find real-world problems or situations that are happening around     them concerning what they learn, they can learn and retain what they learned a lot more   effectively.

Talk About It

It is very surprising how students learn when they talk about concepts that they learned in class. Even just telling your roommates or friends about what you learned in class will help you remember what you learned.

These tips will help you actually learn what you are in school for. You will most likely do better on your tests, and be able to apply what you learn for the rest of your life. Your learning will become more a part of you, and will not be forgotten after a few days after you crammed for the test.


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Neltje Maynez is a freelance writer for My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them understand which online courses they can choose from to reach their goals. The site even helps students find online mba programs to fit their needs.