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?
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!
Most students have no idea how to study effectively. Many teachers focus on getting good test scores, and understandably so, without focusing on teaching the basics of how to study. The result is that the students either don’t study, or spend hours studying with poor results, or study at the last minute and burn out.
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”
Most of the self-help myths that we tend to believe come from well-meaning people. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make them any less myths. In the field of study, for instance, what usually happens is this: A person finds a technique that works for them, and helps them improve their grades. They then spread the word that this is the definitive way for everybody to improve their test scores. But it doesn’t work like that. In fact, learning is a very individual thing. So let’s spend some time dispelling some of the most common myths about studying that you might actually believe–but which are not always true. Continue reading “Myths You Might Believe About Studying–But Shouldn’t”
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.