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Top 10 Study Habits/Tips to finish strong

Finally the end of 3rd quarter and those amazing grade checks we all

look forward to.Are your grades behind? Use these tips to help you pass your class and make it easier in the long run.

  1. How you approach studying matters!

Many people approach studying as a boring thing, not as any enjoyment to learn.That is okay, but researchers have found that the way you approach things matters almost as much as what you do.

Ways to improve your study mindset.

  • Think positively
  • Avoid catastrophic thinking (Ex: “I don’t have time to finish this project, so I’m going to fail anyway.”
  • Avoid comparing yourself to peers
  1. Where do you study?     

Many make the mistake of studying in a place that really isn’t conductive to concentrating. Many distractions makes a poor study area. A library, study hall or a quiet cafe even will make for the perfect studying place.   


  1. Always have your supplies

People sometimes bring things they don’t really need to study; these items can become distractions. Some may think note taking on computers is the best way, but it may not be. Some people will get distracted by checking their feed or playing games. Find what works for you.

  1. Rewrite your notes/Become more organized

Some people find outlining as a standard approach to boil components down. Many find connecting similar concepts together makes it easier to remember. Every person is unique when putting information together, but you need to find an organizational approach that works for you.


  1. Memory Games!

Memory games or mnemonic devices  are methods for remembering pieces of information using a simple association. Most people find words and put them together to create a nonsense sentence to remember.

  1. Practice with friends or maybe even yourself

You can practice with yourself by using flashcards, past quizzes or practice exams. If a practice or exam is available, use it as a guide to study. If one isn’t available make one yourself or with classmates. Most group studying is better when kept small —  around 4 to 5 people who have a similar academic aptitude.


7.Pick a time to study every night

Too many people treat studying as a thing to do when the test is the next day…If you study just as your class time is scheduled, it becomes much less of a hassle.You will have better prepared yourself. Spending 30-60 minutes a day should be ideal.


  1. Take a break once in awhile

Because so many people view studying as a chore or task, it’s human to try and avoid it. On the other hand, if you reward yourself, you might be surprised in your attitude change. Studying hours at a time with no breaks in not ideal for anyone. Studying for a hour and then taking a quick break to grab a snack is more sustainable and enjoyable.


9.Keep a healthy and balanced

It’s hard to find a balanced life while in school. But the more you seek out life, the easier it becomes. When you’re out of balance, you become out of focus on things such as studying. If you spend time with friends or just focus on a relationship and spend no time thinking about school.Your life will become unbalanced. Keeping a healthy diet and exercising often will help you stay balanced.


10.Check the expectations for your class

Every teacher has a different perspective on the class he or she teaches. Talking to your teacher early on will definitely help you with projects and school work. It might even bring your grade up.  Pay attention in class. If your teacher writes something on the whiteboard or announces something, listen and watch.This might just come in handy later. If you get a particularly bad grade on a paper, try to understand where things went wrong and what you can do in the future to stop it from happening again.