Top Study Skills To Improve Your Grades

Do You Need Some Study Skills to Help Improve Your Grades?

Understanding the value and benefits of having a few study skills under your belt can mean the difference between a great grade and scraping by.

You can spend hours studying and then not recall much or feel like you are on fire and your exam was much easier than you thought.

Top Study Skills to Improve Your GradesWe’ve all had these two experiences, that feeling of dread when you can’t remember answers but you know you should or the confidence high when the answers are all there when you need them.

Having a few proven study techniques you can pull out of a hat is very easy to do.

Just read the selection below and choose one or two techniques that appeal to you the most. It’s helpful to understand your personal learning style so choose the study tips that you feel will be the most fun or motivate you.

1. You need a good study environment

Ask yourself what is a good study environment for you. Do you need a quiet space with no noise or music nearby or a room to move around and maybe even bounce a ball. Look at your desk space, wall space and desk size.

Do you need to put information on the walls, dance around or organize your study information into piles. Is there good light, fresh air and a comfortable chair.

What do you need to change to make the study space suit you. Your environment will reflect your learning style and get you engaged and focused quickly.

2. Schedule and Time Yourself

Research shows you can optimize memory by working intensively, highly focused for short periods of time with frequent breaks. The studies show that you remember the most information at the beginning and end of a study period. Try intensive 30 min study periods with 10 minute breaks in between.

3. Use Lists

This can immediately get yo organized. List main events of your study material so you memorize the broad ideas. Once this is memorized it is much easier to fill in the details. Memorizing the facts broadly gives you a head start on knowing something about every question.

This works well when you need to memorize dry facts or material you find boring. Add descriptive words, sensory information. You can talk, draw, sing or write this out.

5. Talk to Someone

Pretend you are teaching the information and talk about what you need to learn. Give your companion your list so they can make sure you know your facts, are speaking in a chronological order and haven’t left anything important out.

6. Chunk Information

This is really important when you are studying as your short term memory can only hold 3 to 5 pieces of information at a time. Group words, numbers and facts together and memorize them in three. Then check to see if you remember the information easier.

7. Get an idea of your Learning Style

We all have preferred methods of learning and when it comes to test time you want to use your strengths. Where you have a tendency to be more of a visual, auditory or kinesthetic person memorizing will be much easier if you choose the techniques that suit your style.

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