Eight Helpful Tips
- Buy and Use a Planner - you have to write down the assignments, the instructions, and the due dates. You will not be able to remember everything without the aid of a planner. Buy one that has large enough space to record the work for all of your classes and one that has a calendar for the year. Bookstores and stationary stores carry the planners in many sizes, designs, and colors.
- Have a Designated Study Area if Possible -work at a desk or an area that you can call your own if at all possible. If you work at an area where there are a lot of electronics, you may be distracted. And if you work at the kitchen table, you will often have to move your things. Find a space of your own.
- Ask Questions in Class -for some reason students hate to ask questions in class. If you want answers that the teacher has not provided, you have to be brave and ask questions in class. You will find out that as you ask questions, other students have the same questions. They, too, are simply afraid to ask questions out loud in class.
- Go for Extra Help -teachers are required to give extra help sessions. You should go when you have questions on assignments. Use the expert, your teacher, as often as you can.
- Use an Online Study Center -there are many free online help centers. Find one that fits you perfectly and then bookmark the site for easy reference. Make sure the people who man the site are reliable and qualified.
- Find a Study Buddy -look around at school and see who might be a good study buddy for you in each class. If you are absent, you can get the work and notes from him or her. You can return the favor if he or she is ever absent. You can help each other online or face-to-face when you need assistance. If the two of you combined are strong in all the academic subjects, you are covered. If you have to add additional people to the group to cover all the subjects, then extend invitations to the best candidates. You will want responsible students.
- Consider a Tutor -if at any point you far too far behind in your work, hire a professional. You could go with a peer tutor, a professional tutor, or a local graduate student. A tutor can get very expensive, and you will be expected to have regularly scheduled sessions. Many charge you when you cancel the session. Check the budget and make sure there is money for the tutor. If there is no money, go to the guidance office at your school. Ask your guidance counselor if the school has a peer-tutoring program. With this free program, honor students tutor other students. They are paid with community service hours.
- Look Ahead in the Textbook-it seems weird, but if you want to keep up with work, you have to look ahead at the work. By just scanning a passage, you are introducing yourself to the content. Then when the teacher starts the content in class, you all ready have a slight foundation, so you will absorb the topic quicker.
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