- Start studying for tests at least one to two weeks in advance :
Cramming for exams is never a good idea. It will not allow you to achieve long-term academic success. I recommend setting a reminder on your phone (or making a note in your planner) one to two weeks before each scheduled test so that you can begin preparing for it.
For major exams, I recommend that you begin studying four weeks or more in advance.
- Create a sense of purpose :
When students lack a sense of purpose, it is difficult for them to maintain a consistent level of concentration and drive. If students believe that their only goal in school is to get straight A’s, they will quickly lose motivation.
How can you cultivate a sense of purpose?
- What values do you want to live by?
- What long-term goals are important to you?
- How do you want to help others?
- What are your responsibilities and duties are
- What kinds of relationships do you want to cultivate?
- What kind of person do you want to be?
- As you reflect on these aspects of your life, you will gain a better
- Understanding how to succeed in school in light of the purpose you are living out.
This clarity will help you perform better in school or college
- Make it impossible to forget rather than trying to remember :
Examples of these “things” include: Homework \Projects
Exam preparation: Bringing a textbook to class
Taking a water bottle to school
Taking your calculator into the exam room
- Find ways to help others and contribute :
When they place too much emphasis on achievement and not enough emphasis on contribution. After all, the goal of education is to equip you with skills and knowledge so that you can help others.
When students lose sight of this, they may feel as if school is pointless.
To keep things in perspective, look for simple ways to contribute as a student, such as volunteering, fundraising, resolving problems at school, or serving the underprivileged.
25. Periodically evaluate yourself :
Don’t assume you understand the material well just because you’ve read the notes and looked through some examples.
You could have been daydreaming during those study sessions, for all you know.
What else can you do to be a good student if reading your notes does not guarantee better grades?
Periodically assess yourself. Do a lot of practice questions and keep a list of your mistakes so you don’t make them again on the exam.
- Instead of just motivation, rely on systems :
How can students improve their academic performance? Instead of waiting to be motivated, be methodical and systematic.
Students who perform well in school do not wait until they are in the mood for a concentrated study session before getting to work.
They also do not wait until they are motivated to begin studying for an exam.
Instead, successful students rely on systems to ensure that they complete their work even when they don’t want to.
- Recall any new information you learned on the same day :
This daily review won’t take long, but it’s an important step in ensuring you stay on top of the material. Using this tip will also help you move information to your long-term memory faster.
- Explain the concepts you’re learning out loud :
Learning everyone about topics you’re studying is another way to gain a better understanding of them. Explaining a concept out loud will improve your understanding and ability to recall the details. While this is a fun exercise to do with classmates and friends, you can also teach it to a fictitious audience. It doesn’t matter who you explain the material to, as long as you can explain it.
- While you’re studying, put your phone away :
Cell phones are likely the most distracting factor that students face when attempting to study. While text messages and social media are excellent modes of communication, they have no place in the classroom. Setting a timer on your phone and agreeing not to look at it during that time period is one strategy you can try. Make checking your phone a reward for staying focused, rather than allowing it to constantly divert your attention away from the material you’re studying.
- Never multitask while studying :
It’s impossible to study well while doing other things, and it doesn’t work for any activity, let alone something as mentally demanding as studying.
Refrain from multitasking while studying. Don’t constantly check your social media feeds or text messages. Studying while watching TV, listening to music, or talking on the phone (unless you’re discussing the material with someone) is not a good idea.
Yes, it can be difficult to put your phone away or not have Netflix playing in the background. However, the advantages of uninterrupted study time are substantial. Is it really worth it to get a lower grade?
- Take regular breaks from studying :
Taking regular study breaks boosts overall productivity and concentration. That’s why locking yourself in your room for six hours straight to study for an exam is a poor decision. You may believe that you get a lot more done this way, but research shows that breaks help you study faster in the long run. So, for every 40 minutes of work, take a 5- to 10-minute break.
I recommend using a timer or stopwatch to remind you when to take a break and when to return to your studies.
Avoid using your phone or computer during your break because these devices prevent your mind from fully relaxing.
- Work consistently :
Do not do last-minute work or cram for exams.
I know it’s easier said than done.
However, if you put in consistent effort, you won’t need to study as hard for your final exams. You’ll naturally perform better in school because you’ll retain more information.
- Keep a record of important dates, deadlines, and so on :
I’ve started working with many students who try to remember important dates by memorizing them.
Needless to say, these students frequently dismiss upcoming tests or deadlines. This causes panic, as well as poor quality work.
- Give yourself motivation :
Give yourself small rewards whenever possible to keep yourself motivated.
For example, you could decide to reward yourself with a 5-minute YouTube video after 45 minutes of work. If you enjoy working out, you could decide to do a 30-minute workout after you finish your Work.
Rewards are a simple way to motivate you to come to work even when you don’t want to. That is an effective strategy for improving academic performance.
- Maintain a positive attitude :
Everything usually comes down to attitude. Be enthusiastic about your subjects, and use positive thoughts to convince yourself that you will succeed and achieve your objectives.
36. Analyze the mistakes you make in tests and exams :
It may not be a pleasant experience, but I strongly advise you to go over every error you make in tests and exams.
Examine why you made each error. Consider the following questions:
- Was the error the result of carelessness?
- Did I overlook something important?
- Is it possible that I misunderstood a concept?
- How can I be certain that I won’t make the same mistake again?
- What should I do to better prepare for future tests?
- This analysis will assist you in making consistent academic progress.
- Develop the idea that intelligence is a variable quality :
It has been demonstrated through research that students who think they can become smarter actually do so. That much power is in belief.
Therefore, intelligence is a quality that can be acquired over time.
Never describe yourself as “unintelligent” or “not academically inclined,” as you can get smarter with the right attitude.
How can you excel academically? Believing that you can is the first step.
You’ve already lost the war if you tell yourself that you are incapable before you even start.
Your grades will rise organically if you adopt a can-do attitude.
- Pre-commit to specific behaviors and habits :
Pre-commitment is a tactic in which you make commitments to specific desired behaviors in advance. You won’t be tempted to act differently in the future if you do it this way.
- Take practice exams in exam situations :
It is unsuitable to conduct too many practice exams under exam conditions due to limited time. However, I recommend that you take at least two to three practice exams under exam conditions before each exam.
This will help you prepare adequately and will also train you to deal with the exam’s time constraints.
It’s practically inconceivable that you won’t improve as a student if you use all the advice in this post. Of course, expecting you to use all of the advice at once is neither reasonable nor practical. After all, success is a journey that is developed step by step.
Success is a result of everyday decisions and routines, both in school and in life in general.
Incorporate one or two suggestions in the upcoming week, and invite some companions who share your viewpoints.