The Key to Getting Good Grades – “Active Studying for School Success”

The Key to Getting Good Grades – “Active Studying for School Success”
Wondering how to get the grades you want and deserve.  Are you trying to figure out how to obtain better grades?
Do you currently find yourself cramming for Tests?
There’s a strategy students can implement in order to have improved test grades-
It’s called Active Studying.
Active Study Includes:
Time Management
Study every course, or class you attend daily. Take 15-30 minutes per day to review any information exposed to during the class  you attended.  For example if you have biology class on Monday and Wednesday study any notes, Power Points, information
highlighted in your chapter preferably right after class, or before going to sleep.  The next day you will study/review the material again before going to bed.  On Wednesday, study any Wednesday notes, Power Points, etc.. along with Monday’s notes.  It’s important to review any notes from each class daily or every other day.  Review of the course material daily increases comprehension which helps to increase test scores. Studying daily also helps to place information in long term memory in order to be retrieved at a later time. The more you review or expose yourself to the course material this increases understanding of the material which can be applied on tests.
So along with all the other things you have to do in any given day set aside time daily to study all course material exposed to.  Give everything an appointment in your calendar/day planner and follow it-stick to your schedule. This requires discipline, but you can do it

Try this technique for studying and see how your grades improve. 

Stress Management


Stress Management

Most of our Stress results from over commitment and lack of Organization/Time Management 

Stress Warning Signs

  • Changes in eating patterns.                             *Changes in sleep patterns
  • More frequent headaches.                               *Taking longer to fall asleep  
  • Shorter temper than normal for you.               *Waking up tired and not well rested
  • Recurring colds and minor illness.
  • Frequent muscle ache and/or tightness.
  • More disorganized than normal for you.
  • Increased difficulty in task completion.
  • A greater sense of persistent time pressure.
  • Increased generalized frustration and anger.

What to do….

Give away/reduce some of your responsibilities when possible

Believe in your ability to do well and be successful

Remember Preparation is the keep to stress management and a success outcome.

Create a schedule/routine-Stick to it

Exercise to decrease stress (regularly)-yoga and meditation are wonderful for stress reduction

Deep breathing

Minimize Caffeine (decreases anxiety/stress)

Eat Healthy

Take time out to laugh/ Do things you enjoy

Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night (helps with focus and confidence)

Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs

Express Feelings in a clear and direct manner (example: “I feel angry when you….”)

End Negative Self-Talk and Increase Provide Self-Talk

Engage and get support from friends/family that are positive or have similar goals