Time is flying by and you desperately want to know about the 5 best ways to improve your grades before the end of the school year. Let’s face it – it is all about powering up your study skills.
Do that and you will get better results. Here are some ideas to get you thinking and planning ahead.
- Timing. Plan your study time so that you have breaks built in. Forget the marathons. Do this ahead of time and you are on to a winner. Get the breaks you need. Walk around the room or even better, go out for a walk. Physical movement of any kind helps the circulation in the brain.
If you are into charts and planning timetables, use these because as you cross off periods of study done, this will help you to stay motivated. This is much more important than you might think.
- How do you study? Seems like a dumb question, right? Actually, we should be able to identify how we learn best and that has a lot to do with our learning styles. Take the FREE Learning Styles Quiz on the home page at HowtoLearn.com first and it will tell you how you prefer to learn best.
Everybody is unique so we cannot generalize too much here. But if you like listening and are better auditory learners, you can try the following :-
- record yourself reading out notes that you have memorized so that you can test yourself . This is a great confidence booster when we realize that we have learned a lot.
- if you a more visual type learner so you can go for visual aids and lots of highly colored highlighters to help fix things in your mind. Making flashcards is also instructive and fun.
- when you get tired, just start reading the facts out loud. As you have to slow down to do that this will help your memory and focus.
- are you into studying with your classmates? If you are, this is a great way to get help and also compete with each other. Testing and quizzing each other will motivate you even more, If you are an individual type of learner, forget this piece of advice!
Whichever way you study, you want to maximize your time to help memorize, repeat and eliminate errors.
- Resist Media temptation. Another of the 5 best ways to improve your grades before the end of the school year is to make pact whereby you only check your email, and other social media accounts every two hours or whatever you decide is reasonable.
Reward yourself with a break or healthy snack if you manage to keep to this. If you do not manage, try extending the time for the next round. This is a natural consequence of losing time. If you are studying online, this is even more difficult to do but you will save time and also feel that you are on top of the situation.
- Ask the teacher for help. What are you making mistakes in? What is preventing you from learning something? Try to identify your weak areas and ask the teacher to help. You may also want the chance to do a quiz, test or homework again so that you can improve your grade. Very often, the teacher will say yes.
- Lifestyle and study environment. If you are addicted to stimulants and caffeine drinks like coffee, then try to cut down.
Best beverage if all is water and plenty of it. But build in healthy snacks into your breaks. Dark chocolate and nuts are great to help you get over those cravings.
Cut down sugar as that can give you a temporary boost. But if you crash, then you are left feeling low and concentration can be affected.
Take breaks – go and get exercise. Make sure to take short breaks about every 20-30 minutes or so too because people recall what they learn first and what they learn last the best.
This is one of the best of the 5 best ways to improve your grades before the end of the school year, because just understanding that you remember the first and last things you learned, will help you as you take more breaks. Then review the middle portions at the beginning and end as well so you have it all covered.
Build in your periods for chilling out with music, TV or with friends so that you can get rest and relaxation. You will study so much better afterwards.
If you do not, your levels of attention and memory get less and less efficient. But after a break, you are ready to give it your best.
As you can see, there is nothing mysterious or magical about the 5 best ways to improve your grades before the end of the school year. All you have to do is power up the way you study but you will need motivation and discipline.
Robert Locke, MBE, is a health enthusiast specializing in children’s health and has written extensively on ADHD, parenting, mental health, anxiety and depression. You can discover more by visiting the Problem Kids Blog.
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