Study Tips for Guaranteed A’s!

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.