Five tips for getting better grades

  1. Study, Study, Study
    The first tip is rather obvious. The rule is you should spend at least two hours outside class to revise your material for every hour that you spend. We have the following suggestions for you:

    • Know how you best study. Some people like complete silence to concentrate while others prefer a little bit of noise. You have to find what works for you and stick with it.
    • Break your studying into shorter periods of time and it will make less of a chore. You will also need to give your mind enough time to absorb the new material.
    • Develop and practice good study habits. With good studying habits, you will find it easier to recall the material you study at will. One advice-no more burning mid-night oil.
  2. Getting organized
    Be it a day planner in your backpack, a calendar on the wall at home or a to-do list on your smart phone, keeping track of when assignments are due and staying organized is not difficult once you have some tools on hand. Important things to mark down on your calendar includes test, quiz or assignment due dates.
  3. Adopt a positive mental attitude
    Start by mentally taking control of the situation. Instead of thinking “This is too tough for me”, think “Let’s break the problem into smaller chunks and see what we can do about it” or “is there anyone I can approach for help on this question?”
  4. Note taking
    Note taking is a critical factor for academic success. Whatever you hear in class is most likely to come up in the exams. Go over the textbook, read through and analyze it. Make sure that you understand everything. Only then do you start to prepare your study notes. If your study notes are organized and well thought out, chances are- you will be able to answer your exam questions successfully.
  5. Embrace New Technologies
    Times have changed.Studying no longer means writing things down with pen and paper. There are now more options for personalising study than ever before. It could be through online tools, blogs, social media, videos or even mobile apps. Learning has become more customized and user-centred. Go ahead and explore new ways to learn.