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A One Month Plan to Improve Your Study Skills and Raise Your Grades

greatgrades A One Month Plan to Improve Your Study Skills and Raise Your GradesMany of us simply work off the assumption that we can cram and quickly get through everything we need the night before the test. In elementary and high school, we never develop any real study strategies and we simply straggle through our classes doing the best we can without any real plan for how to improve.

Now, part of this goes back to not getting something essential that we need when we are younger, but now that you're in college or graduate school, it is essential that you improve your study strategies. Here are a few ways that you can easily improve over the course of a month

Week 1:

Take a Series of Learning Tests

The key to improving your study strategies is to learn how you learn. Then, you can base your studying on facts and study in ways that you know will help you. You can find tests on your learning style online for free – most of these actually give fairly good results. Or, you can visit your career center, and they should be able to give you several official learning assessments and score them for you. They'll probably even sit down with you and explain what everything means and give you a few ideas of ways to study.

Week 2:

Meet with the Career Counselors

If you decided to take the learning tests on your own, that's wonderful, but now you still need to meet with the career counselors. At your school, there may be a different department helping students improve their study skills, but this is the most common. Meet with them and ask for information on a variety of strategies based on your needs. Additionally, you can do some Google searches and find all sorts of information on different study strategies with most of them coming from university web sites.

Week 3:

Implement at Least One Study Strategy

During week 3, you want to implement at least one study strategy. Generally, you only want to implement one at a time as you start so that you can see which really work for you and which don't. That being said, you may have classes that will inherently require you to implement different types of study strategies, and if that's the case, go ahead and begin implementing more than one.

Week 4:

Assess Your Progress

You can make as many changes in your life as you want, but until you assess your progress, you're really no closer to successfully improving your study strategies. Look at the strategy or strategies you implemented and determine how well they're working for you. I'm not saying you should give up on a strategy just because the first week wasn't smooth, but if it's clearly not going to work for you, it's time to try something else.

In the Future

Keep following the steps for weeks 3 and 4 until you have successfully pinpointed which study strategies work best for you. Now, you have improved your study skills and made a significant change that will make your life better. Just remember to keep it up so that your grades will improve and you will succeed in college.
 

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10 Ways To Excel At College

1. Be Open To New Experiences

Entering college, you are a stranger in a strange new world. You probably don't know anyone, and you might be far from home and lonely. Who could blame you for clinging to the familiar? Understand, though, that just about every new student is going through the same emotions that you are, so you should not be afraid of getting out there and meeting them. And if you are one of the kids who applied with a group of friends, it's great that you've found a way around the initial anxiety of school's first days, but your comfort is a double-edged sword. Don't be so comfortable with the high school crowd that you don't try some of the new experiences college has to offer.

2. College Is For Students — Be a Great One

With all of the dorm high jinks and parties erupting everywhere, you might not feel that you've joined a community of scholars, but you have. Make sure you attend all of your class meetings and sections, and take notes. Not only will your professors and TA's love you for this, but you will be in a great position when you have to prepare for tests, papers, and exams.

3. Don't Procrastinate

There's so much to do, and so much fun to have. Don't let it overwhelm you. Make a study schedule for yourself and stick to it as best you can. There might be days when no studying gets done, but most days, you should spend a few hours staying on top of your assignments.

4. Join a Campus Organization

If you love to write, join the newspaper or magazine. If you're an actor, try out for a play. When you get out into the "real world," people will be interested in your GPA, but much like college admissions staffs, employers and graduate programs also like to see that people engaged in their college experience in some way on a passionate, personal level.

5. Visit the Career Services Office

Speaking of the real world, it's never too early to drop in at career services. A visit to your school's career center can help you focus your course of study to prepare you for an exciting career. You might also find out about internships.

6. Befriend A Reference Librarian

With the advent of Google, many students think that libraries are obsolete. Nothing could be further from the truth. When you have your first assignment that requires research, drop by the reference desk. Your librarian will show you a world of options for sourcing your papers and projects that will impress your professors.

7. Consider a Term Abroad

Many schools offer the opportunity to study in a foreign country.

8. Move around

We all know about the freshman fifteen. If you're diligently studying, they can creep up on you before you even realize it. Even if you don't engage in a hardcore workout program, move around. Go for a walk with a friend for a study break instead of staying in and ordering that pizza.

9. Eat Right

While pizza is okay sometimes, make sure a real vegetable passes your lips now and then. By taking care of yourself, you'll feel and think better.

10. Sleep

No doubt, you'll be very busy. To make sure you can keep up the hectic pace college demands, schedule some time to sleep. If you get exhausted, you won't think as clearly, and you won't have the energy you need to be excellent.

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10 Ways To Rock At College

1. Be Open To New Experiences
Entering college, you are a stranger in a strange new world. You probably don’t know anyone, and you might be far from home and lonely. Who could blame you for clinging to the familiar? Understand, though, that just about every new student is going through the same emotions that you are, so you should not be afraid of getting out there and meeting them. And if you are one of the kids who applied with a group of friends, it’s great that you’ve found a way around the initial anxiety of school’s first days, but your comfort is a double-edged sword. Don’t be so comfortable with the high school crowd that you don’t try some of the new experiences college has to offer.

2. College Is For Students — Be a Great One
With all of the dorm high jinks and parties erupting everywhere, you might not feel that you’ve joined a community of scholars, but you have. Make sure you attend all of your class meetings and sections, and take notes. Not only will your professors and TA’s love you for this, but you will be in a great position when you have to prepare for tests, papers, and exams.

3. Don’t Procrastinate
There’s so much to do, and so much fun to have. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Make a study schedule for yourself and stick to it as best you can. There might be days when no studying gets done, but most days, you should spend a few hours staying on top of your assignments.

4. Join a Campus Organization
If you love to write, join the newspaper or magazine. If you’re an actor, try out for a play. When you get out into the "real world," people will be interested in your GPA, but much like college admissions staffs, employers and graduate programs also like to see that people engaged in their college experience in some way on a passionate, personal level.

5. Visit the Career Services Office
Speaking of the real world, it’s never too early to drop in at career services. A visit to your school’s career center can help you focus your course of study to prepare you for an exciting career. You might also find out about internships.

6. Befriend A Reference Librarian
With the advent of Google, many students think that libraries are obsolete. Nothing could be further from the truth. When you have your first assignment that requires research, drop by the reference desk. Your librarian will show you a world of options for sourcing your papers and projects that will impress your professors.

7. Consider a Term Abroad
Many schools offer the opportunity to study in a foreign country.

8. Move around
We all know about the freshman fifteen. If you’re diligently studying, they can creep up on you before you even realize it. Even if you don’t engage in a hardcore workout program, move around. Go for a walk with a friend for a study break instead of staying in and ordering that pizza.

9. Eat Right
While pizza is okay sometimes, make sure a real vegetable passes your lips now and then. By taking care of yourself, you’ll feel and think better.

10. Sleep
No doubt, you’ll be very busy. To make sure you can keep up the hectic pace college demands, schedule some time to sleep. If you get exhausted, you won’t think as clearly, and you won’t have the energy you need to be excellent.

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