Why is it that there are some students who spend every waking hour studying and others who don’t appear to put in as much effort but still get good grades? Is this due to genetics? Are some people just naturally more intelligent than others? Is it IQ?
Wouldn’t it be great if lecture information was transferred to your memory instantly and have it there to recall whenever you need it. Unfortunately, this isn’t how it works. In the real world you need to find a way for that information to go from your teacher’s mouth, the textbook, the PowerPoint presentation, whatever the medium may be, and into your brain. Different people will have different techniques in which they will do this. One effective way is to use mind maps.
This article will help you distinguish your preferred learning style and offers you a range of study tips and advice to help you get the most out of learning. The first step is to complete this simple questionnaire. Try and do this before reading the explanations that follow, and answer the questions honestly. Remember, there is no right or wrong answer, this is designed to help you reach your full learning potential. See the Complete Guide to Learning Styles
When it comes to learning, it’s probably no surprise to discover that we all learn differently. Most teachers are very aware of the different learning styles and use a variety of strategies to help pass information on to students, like yourselves, in the classroom. However, it is possible to take matters into your own hands in order to improve your own learning. If you are aware of your own learning style you will be able to make your study and revision time much more effective, which will not only help ensure academic success, but leave more time for all the fun stuff!
It sounds like such an easy question: “What does your instructor or teacher want to see from you on your test paper?” And the easy answer: “He wants to see the right answers.”
However, it’s a bit more complicated than that. What an instructor really wants is to see that you are grasping the material and making an attempt to get as much as possible from the course. That’s it in the proverbial nutshell. More specifically, here are 14 things that you can show your instructor in order to truly impress him when you turn in your exam paper. Continue reading “What Your Instructor Wants to See on Your Exam”
It’s a popular misconception that you can’t really study for math. People who say you can’t will admit that you can do math assignments and math homework. But actually studying it–looking at material in order to better on tests and upcoming assignments–that, they say, is impossible.
They’re wrong. It’s true that studying math is different from studying any other class. After all, math is about more than just remembering certain facts. But it is something that you can study for–and studying will get you better grades, just as in any other course. Continue reading “Yes, You Really Can Study Math”
You’ve probably known people, either in high school or college, who seemed able to pass any class–even make A’s–with little or no study. It wasn’t necessarily your imagination, either. It’s a fact that people learn differently, and some people manage to absorb material without “study” in the traditional sense. That is, they might have other ways of learning the material rather than pulling out their notes and textbook and trying to memorize it. Continue reading “Acing Classes with Little or No Study”
You’ve seen them, you’ve talked to them–but are you one of them? I’m talking about those people at the local coffee shop, who have their laptop computers and perhaps a textbook or two, along with their notebook and pen. I’m talking about the coffee shop studier. This is the person who, rather than going to the library or staying at home or in the dorm, they head to Starbucks or some other coffee shop to fill their brain with the material from their classes.
Ahhh, the late night study session. It’s challenging, it’s aggravating, with friends it can be fun, it’s important. It’s so many crazy emotions rolled into one. It’s also a time when you often just have to have a snack. Seriously, it’s not just fun to snack when you’re studying with friends, it’s actually a good idea. It’s easier to stay alert if you have a little something in you. Conversely, it’ll interfere with your ability to concentrate if you’re thinking about how hungry you are. However, it’s important that you eat and drink the right things during your midnight study sessions.