I've made a resolution to get all As this semester, and I'm starting to realize it's not about the big things you do it's the tiny ones. Midterms are just around the corner and now's the time to get on top of assignments and get your A. Here are seven small habits you can do to get yourself an A.
1. Make some flashcards - It takes almost zero brain power to make flashcards. I usually make mine while watching TV or something. But the thing is, you're not going to want to study them right after you made them. So set aside separate times to make and study your cards. (btw check out my post on how to study flashcards like a boss).
2. Study A little bit every day - I bring flashcards with me everywhere I go and study in 2-3 minute chunks on the way to dinner or waiting in line. I also read during this time, but when I have a Spanish quiz coming up or something I'll switch out the Kindle for notecards.
3. Take awesome notes - Put away your washi tape and colored pens and learn how to take some actual notes for once. Spending too much time during a lecture worrying about the format of your notes can really hinder you from getting the information you need. I use Cal Newport's method for notetaking as explained in his "How to become a Straight A Student." During class, I set up my notes in a question, evidence and answer format. This allows me to instantly turn my notes into a study guide, not wasting any time fussing over how they're written.
4. Organize yourself - I have a pet peeve when it comes to planners. I've gone through so many planners from Erin Condren to Day planner and everything in between. I can't stand when people spend more time decorating their planners than actually using them. Yes, you should have a planner, but it should be something that's functional first and pretty second. It's also important that you actually use it. I guarantee that you will NOT remember, and you could save yourself all the trouble of forgetting an assignment, rushing to do it then turning in something your not proud of with two seconds of proper planning.
5. Check in- When I was a reporter last semester I figured out you should contact people early and often when working on a story. I feel the same way about grades. It's vitally important that you know what is need for a good grade in a class. I use an app called Grades for exactly that, it's probably the best $2 I've spent in the App store.
6. Stay ahead - My math class is set up with a 1 hour lecture on Mondays, then two 1.5 lab sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Labs are weird where you just sign in and work at your own pace and leave when you're done. I'm basically paying tuition to teach myself on a computer. Anyway the point is I'll finish my work for the week and could easily leave. Instead I start work on the other sections since it's time designated for it anyway.
7. Have a scheduled time to study - Make it a time in the morning before classes, but not so early that you won't wake up. On Tuesdays my lab doesn't start until 11 a.m. by waking up at my usual time I can get dressed and get to the library to get the bulk of my studying done. It's also important to know what you're going to study during this time. You can't just show up at the library and sit on Pinterest all morning, that's wasting your time. The night before, write up a quick plan of what you need to do based on your upcoming tests and assignments.
What are some other small habits or study tips you guys have?
seven small habits to get you an A Hannah-Beth 8:00 AM
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