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Bill's Guide to Studying and Academic Success

1) Keep an updated assignment book in which you write down every upcoming test and assignment. (including due date).  This allows you to plan your studying.

2) Before you start studying, everyday, make yourself review when assignments are due and tests are scheduled.

3) Start studying for tests using gradual review.  Memorizing works better with progressive memorization.  For example, if a test is coming up in two weeks, you can review ten minutes per night - this makes the night before the test easier.

4) Start assignments in advance.  When you put off paper research untill the last minute, the library books you need may be out on loan and you will be out of luck.  Procrastination leads to rushed and poor quality work.

5) Your teacher will likely tell you all about the test, so listen carefully.  Know how your teachers test.  Does he or she primarily use notes, the book, or both?  Know how he or she inks.  Study past tests you have been given which will guide your understanding of how the next test may be organized.  

6) Take detailed notes.  If you are absent, make a point to get the notes from someone who attended class.

7) Know your strengths and weaknesses.  If you are having trouble in class, don't be shy about asking for help or finding a tutor.  Everyone has weaknesses.

8) Talk to your teacher if you are having problems.  He or she may have some good feedback.  Don't let your ego or pride get in the way.

9) Give yourself regular positive feedback for your efforts.  Let yourself feel good about crossing assignments off your "to do" list, knowing you gave your best effort, etc.  Don't focus excessively on grades - your best effort is most important!

10) Try to make learning meaningful to you.  If you don't like a subject, try to relate it to something you do like.  You will remember better if you can make it interesting.

Good luck!

William McFarren
Psychological Consultants and Affiliates
Newark, Ohio 
740-522-2230