BY: Katie Kimberling, Founder and Alpha Dog of TutorPUG
Few things in life are actually guaranteed. If you wear your seatbelt, you’re less likely to perish in a car crash, but it’s not guaranteed. Brush your teeth twice a day every day, the chance of tooth decay decreases dramatically, but doesn’t disappear entirely. However, if you follow these study tips, you are guaranteed* to get an A in your class(es).
- Read any and all assigned material BEFORE you go to class. (Trust me, it really doesn’t take that long.)
- Even if it’s boring
- Even if it’s long
- Even if you have to skip a Netflix episode to do so. (Netflix will be there later, but your A might not)
- Take notes on the assigned reading in your class notebook
- If handouts are provided online (such as a PowerPoint) by the instructor, print them off and bring them to class on the day that lecture material will be covered.
- GO TO CLASS, and pay attention
- Stay off your phone
- Stay off Facebook
- Leave SnapChat alone
- Your selfie can wait
- Take notes in class.
- Take good notes. Don’t try to write down every word, try to train yourself to pick out the high points.
- If you have a handout printed off, use it as an outline and jot down additional information from the instructor on the handout (or in your notebook)
- If your instructor talks quickly or it is hard for you to write notes quickly, ask if you can record the lectures for future playback.
- Every day after class (usually that evening, if you’re either in high school or have back-to-back classes on a day in college) do the following:
- For each class you had that day, sit down with your textbook, lecture notes, any handouts, your recording (if you have one) and either a computer or a notebook.
- Make a new, ongoing, “living” document of notes for that unit that incorporates information from the text, class notes, professor, or any other resource allowed.
- Do your homework for that class (now that you understand the material)
- At the end of each week, review your living document of notes for that week.
- A full week before the test, print off the living document and begin reviewing.
- Ace the test.
*Guaranteed A depends on true diligence to the program and conscientious effort on the part of the student. Half-assed effort = half-assed grades.