I can only imagine what you’re thinking right at this point. That is, “it’s not possibly to improve your test scores quickly!” That you need to struggle and study long, arduous hours, just to keep “average” grades right?
Though, now I’ve mentioned the possibility, you must at least be curious.
Keep paying attention as I give you some useful secrets to studying effectively and efficiently, rather than through sheer brute force of spending lots of time. Plenty of people have dealt with the same problems and found good solutions– and not-so-good solutions, too. You can help yourself study far more effectively by taking advantage of their advice.
Uncover the success study blueprint. Finding others that are currently using one is your key to success. For example, you would not ask a chef how to build a house, or a volleyball coach to teach you chess.
So half the secret is in getting inside the head of those who are studying like this right now.
You ask how that can be done?
Blue printing others actions for success.
You can start by observing your classmates. Find out who is the best student in each of your classes. Ask them what they do to achieve those grades. Chances are they’ll say something vague like “I study hard”. But you need to go deeper, you need to go several layers below the surface of what “I study hard” means, here’s an example dialogue:
You: George, how are you getting such good grades no matter how much you don’t like a class?
George: I don’t know. I just study hard and apply myself I guess.
You: You question what he had meant when he said that he had studied hard and applied himself.
George: Well ya know I spend a lot of time studying. Don’t you?
You: Yeah I do, but I’m not getting the results I’d like to get. How many hours do you study in a typical week? You seem to study nowhere near as much as I do.
George: The time I spend is about one hour a day on three days a week, from Monday to Friday, and perhaps one more hour on the weekend.
You: What time do you do your homework at?
George: I do my studying first thing after getting home. If I wait until after I eat, I’m too tired to concentrate. If I have something else to do after school, then I wait until about an hour after dinner, and in the meantime I go hang out with my friends so I can calm down first and concentrate better.
You: Where do you study? At home, the library, outside in a park?
George: Your question is rather coincidental. In the past, I studied in my room because my parents were watching TV and I found it too difficult to concentrate. Now, I just go downstairs to the nice, quiet basement instead.
It’s important that George doesn’t feel like you are slamming him with too many questions. Be sure to check in with him to make sure that he is okay with participating. George needs to feel as though you are happy and grateful for his cooperation and help. He might not be aware of how much you appreciate his input, so you should clearly communicate your pleasure.
You: Once you’re sitting at the desk, then what do you do?
George: Before actually doing any work, I decide just what I want to get done. Then I work through all the problems. If the assignment was only even-numbered exercises, I’ll try the odd-numbered ones if I have extra time, and stop once I’m absolutely confident with that form of problem. On average I can get that confident after solving three problems or so. All the work I do that isn’t assigned, I write in ink, so when I’m studying later on I can see my mistakes.
You: Thanks for all your help! I’ll give your kind of studying a shot right away and let you know how it goes. And by the way, I know I’ve found it helps me a lot to use different-colored pens to help me remember things and keep them sorted in my head, and if I think up any other advice to give you I’ll pass it along.
It is important to show other people how much you actually appreciate the time they invest in helping you to advance. The best ways for doing that depend on the individual people and the situation. The important thing to remember is to show your gratitude afterwards with at least a heart-felt ‘thank you’.
Other sources of terrific information are teachers, librarians, parents, older brothers & sisters, and other family members. Of course, make sure these sources have achieved the exact or similar results you are seeking.
Author: Dr Marc R. DussaultThis author has published 4 articles so far.