As the New Year approaches, most of you will be thinking about resolutions that will make your 2015 the best year yet. If you are wanting to improve your grades, there are habits that you can adopt that will help you to learn smarter, not harder. Here are some tips to improve your grades while spending less time learning.
The first thing to ask yourself is if your study skills are up to par. Knowing how to study is an art that is perfected over many years. If you aren’t sure that your study skills are any good, ask you teacher or tutor to help. You have to practice your sports skills, music skills and gaming skills and study skills are no different. If you have been studying in the same way since elementary school, chances are your study skills are outdated. You could be working much smarter and therefore spending less time studying for greater results.
The same goes for your essay and assignment writing skills. Perfecting the art of assignment writing is vital for your academic success all the way to college. Ask your tutor to work on your writing skills to ensure that you streamline and perfect your processes.
Everyone has a learning style; perhaps you like listening to lectures (auditory) or you like watching videos and making mind maps (visual) or maybe you like doing experiments (kinesthetic). Most people use a combination of these styles to learn and knowing what learning style you are best at will mean that you can convert information into that style to absorb it easier.
For example, if you are a visual learner, watching YouTube videos of demonstrations will help you to grasp difficult concepts. You will also be able to quickly memorize facts when you write them into a mind map rather than reading from the text book. Knowing how to best present information will mean you understand more and learn faster.
For most students, organization is the key to better academic performance. We all know the feeling; you forgot you had a test, you left your homework at home, or you’re up all night trying desperately to complete an assignment. If you are always leaving things to the last minute, never have everything you need for class or forget to hand in assignments then you’re not fulfilling your potential. Being good at organizing your time and getting things done will be a life skill that will help you through college and then on to your professional life.
Eat yourself Smart!
Just like athletes need to fuel their performance with the right food, you need to feed your brain. Your brain uses 20% of your calorie intake and runs best on carbohydrates and protein. If you have a big exam coming up, don’t pull an all-nighter; your performance drops a grade for every 2 hours sleep you miss out on. Don’t rely on coffee and donuts as you won’t be able to concentrate. Instead opt for water, green tea and exercise. Sleep well and eat a very healthy diet filled with nuts, fruit, veggies, whole grains and protein. This will help you to concentrate, will improve memory and higher cognitive functions because a healthy body really does mean a healthy mind.
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