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9 Study Skills Tips To Improving Memory & Concentration

Whether you are in grammar school, high school or college, excelling in your courses should always be a number one priority.

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Getting into good study habits early on will help you succeed later on in life by helping you get accepted into some of the best colleges, and being offered the perfect job.

It is never too late, though, to learn how to get good grades in school with the help of , whether you’re just starting high school or almost done with college. The following are 12 study tips to help you along the way.

1 – Get Organized

Organization is the key to success in all areas of life, and the more organized you are, the more success you will have. Keep each subject in a separate binder, make sure there are no loose papers lying around and make sure that you know which subjects you will have each day.

Another way to stay organized is to always make sure you keep your desk, locker and backpack neat and tidy. Know where everything is, so when you need something, you will know exactly where it is. Keep all ‘like’ items together – pens, pencils, erasers, and paper clips etc should be kept in one place. Use pencil cases or small boxes to organize all of your school supplies.

2 — Make a Study Schedule

Most of the time, you will have plenty of advanced notice of upcoming tests and exams. Mark your calendar or make up a schedule of when you will study, and which units to study.

It’s best to carve out at least one hour, but not more than two or three, otherwise you may start to feel stressed by the time the exam comes around. Always give yourself plenty of time and take breaks in between study sessions. Never wait until the last minute to start studying.

3 — Take Good Notes

Modern technology has made this a bit easier as it’s much quicker to type than write longhand. Consider using a recorder so you can listen to the lesson at a later time (make sure you get your instructor’s permission first).

It doesn’t matter if you write on paper, your mobile device or a computer — the important thing is to ensure you are capturing the key points of each lesson.

4 — Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

It’s important to get clarification from your teacher on anything you don’t quite understand. If you’re not comfortable asking for help during class, approach your instructor after class and let them know that you are having difficulty. They are more than happy to help, and may refer you to other learning resources as well.

5 — Do Your Homework Right after school

Doing your homework right after you’ve come home is a great way to keep things fresh in your mind. You’ll remember things that the instructor said, and you will understand more. Plus, you’ll have the rest of the day to relax or hang out with friends.

6 — Review your notes every day

Reviewing your notes every day will help you retain the information longer. Sometimes it helps to rewrite the notes or type them out, but that is completely up to you. Highlight sections that you deem important, and cross reference them with textbook pages or other sources.This will help when it comes to studying for the final exam.

Find a quiet spot in the house to review, such as your bedroom or office, where you won’t be disturbed.

7 — Study with Friends

Find a group of friends whom you get along well with, and have similar goals- getting good grades. Schedule at least one hour a week to get together and study.

This is a great way to learn from one another, ask questions among your peers and helps you retain information. Because everyone has different study habits, you may pick up a few tips on how to study more effectively, or you can help someone else by sharing what works for you. Quiz each other, make up practice tests and go through assignments. All of these strategies will help when it comes time for real tests and exams.

8 — Relax and Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Easier said than done, right? But it’s important to make sure you get plenty of rest. Try doing something relaxing before bed like reading, taking a bath or meditating. You should aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night, especially before a big exam.

9 — Make the Calendar Your Friend

Buy a calendar with plenty of space for writing notes. Get different color highlighters or pens and write down assignment due dates, study schedules, study dates, exams, etc. Put your own study time in as well. Have one calendar for all of your study ‘appointments’ and take it with you wherever you go.

If you don’t like the idea of a paper calendar, there are plenty of apps that you can download to your mobile device. Many of them are free.

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