Friday, 23 October 2009

interesting on how to get straight A's

this is for my son and daughter gcse coming soon next month...:

It took me
6 months
It made me
feel in control.

"I got straight A's for one semester."
How I did it: In my folder I kept a page for every class, and wrote down the grade I received on every assignment, and kept a running update of my grades in every class in the front of my notebook. Whenever any one looked like it was gonna slip, I put extra time into reading, note-taking, studying, memorizing for that class. I even read extra stuff not assigned by the teacher in order to be able to answer extra stuff on the essay questions.

Lessons & tips: Keep track of everything. Ask your teacher how much each assignment is worth. Do EVERY assignment, make sure the ones of little value are done well, and the ones of larger value are done really well. It takes time and attention to detail.



It took me 20 years It made me apathetic ...

"It was hard and sometimes boring, but I have knowledge and skills I wouldn't have had if I didn't do it."
How I did it: Always attend class unless you're sick or have an emergency. Get there early enough to pick out a seat where you'll be able to see and hear everything, and be in the instructor's line of sight. Get out paper and two pens or pencils, as well as any assignments or books you'll need so you don't miss anything while looking for them. Put away anything that might distract you.

During a lecture, take notes. Write down important words and phrases and copy diagrams. Leave wide margins to put down your own ideas and questions. If there is nothing to take notes on, doodle. It keeps you slightly more focused than daydreaming, just in case important information comes up.

Keep your calendar and to do list with you at all times. Note down assignments, test dates, etc. as soon as you get them. Keep your paperwork organized and easily accessible. The syllabus, instructions for assignments, and so forth should all be in one place.

During group work, be the one who's organized. The note taker usually gets to deliver the group's findings to the class. That will get you noticed by the instructor, and unless you're a complete goof-off, being noticed by the instructor is a very good thing.

Do all your assigned reading (if possible.) If it's not possible, and that's a distinct possibility especially in grad school, prioritize. Skip the highlighter and instead write notes in the margins. (If it's not your book, use post-its.) The notes should include your own ideas and questions. At the end of each chapter, write a quick outline summary of that chapter. Go back to the questions you wrote down and try to answer them using what you've read. Use reference books and the internet to try to answer your questions as well. Bring difficult questions to your instructor.

When you get an assignment, plan your strategy that night or the next morning. Figure out what you'll need to do step by step, how much time each step will take, and put it all on a timeline. Leave enough time to get help from the instructor, tutors, friends, or the Writing Center if you run into trouble.

To prepare for tests, test yourself. Ask your instructor what kinds of questions (multiple choice, short answer, essay) will be on the test, and guess at what questions might be asked. For subjects like math and chemistry, work out practice problems you can get. Check your answers and then focus on your problem areas. For subjects like history and literature, write an outline of all the material from memory. Then go back to your notes and texts and scan them to see what you left out. That's the stuff you need to work on.

Keep your desk really organized, clean, and neat. If you don't like a desk, you don't need one, but you do need a comfortable place to sit, a place to put your computer and spread out a little, and a place to store your stuff. An easy chair next to a file cabinet is great if that's what works for you. Create a separate login on your computer that doesn't have access to games and use something like LeechBlock (a Firefox plugin) to keep yourself from surfing or going on social networking sites while you're working. Don't watch TV while working. Most people have some music that helps them focus and other music distracts them - have a separate "concentration" playlist if you need to. Noise cancelling headphones are a very good idea in a shared dorm room or a busy house.

Work for 40-90 minutes, then take a 10-20 minute break. Switch tasks. Don't let yourself burn out.

Get enough sleep. Mental work tires you out, and young people need a lot more sleep than 30 year olds. Try to sleep a regular schedule, but if you're thrown off, force yourself to get up at the same time and make up for it by taking a 20-120 minute nap and then going to bed early. That alone will make a world of difference for your ability to concentrate. Eat right, take a vitamin, drink lots of water, and exercise no matter how busy you get. Don't binge drink, smoke pot habitually, or use heavy drugs.

Lessons & tips: Do not try to get good grades for personal fulfillment. Grades are just an indicator, and academics aren't always directly related to what's important in life. Do it for the good it will give you - acquiring knowledge and skills, getting the credentials you need to make a good living, developing self-discipline, or whatever.

Resources: A quiet, comfortable place to study and lots of time to do it in.



My philosophy




It took me
3 months
It made me

"Success is the best feeling ever "

How I did it: Attending all classes, and studying for the joy of learning and not for grades...

It was an enrishing experience and I was the top student for 5 years..

Lessons & tips: Just enjoy learning.. be curious ...
And never miss classes

more detail here

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