You've studied for days for that very important exam, but you still didn't get the grade that you wanted. Sounds familiar? If so, you will probably really enjoy this blogpost and video about How To Get Straight A's + my best study tips and advice for school after studying at uni for almost 4 years now. These tips all worked for me, and trust me - I didn't used to be a straight A student at all before university. Hopefully they work for you too!
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MY GUIDE TO STRAIGHT A'S
- Your professors are human - not walking encyclopedias. Your professors tend to focus on certain topics they find interesting or important during lectures, and not talk about the whole study book. Usually you can notice this quite easily and I always make sure to write that down in my notes. Most of the times, these 'highlighted' topics are also the main questions of the exam. This means that you don't have to study EVERYTHING, but you can focus more on those important parts of the text book. I do recommend reading everything before hand, so you will still have a good overview of all the material.
- Study smarter, not harder. This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one. Sometimes texts can be so tedious, it's impossible to really remember everything. Studying for hours will not help you get better results. Understanding what and why you need to study certain topics will.
- Ask questions. Don't feel ashamed or scared to ask your professor a question. Professors usually really appreciate the fact you ask them things about the subject, so no need to hold back. Try to also answer questions professors ask during class. Even if you have the wrong answer, you don't have to feel bad: it's actually a proven psychological process that whenever you 'fail' you will actually remember the right answer better.
- Being organized is key. Make sure you don't start studying or writing your essay a day before the actual exam or deadline. This will give you way more stress and reduces your ability to remember the important things. I personally still struggle with this as well, especially now that I am a double degree student. When it comes to essays, I like to start one or two weeks before hand. For exams I try to start 3 weeks in advance if I haven't read all the materials each week.
- Find a planner that works for you. The key to being organized is having a good planner. I always use my Supplied by Lily Student Desk Planner, because it gives me a good overview of each week. It's also filled with to do lists and deadline lists, giving me a good overview of what I need to do over a longer period of time as well. You can order your Supplied by Lily Student Desk Planner here.
- Love what you study. Last, but not least, you need to love what you do. It's often forgotten that education should be fun and interesting. I hear so many people talk crap about their courses or topics that they need to study. Of course it's not possible to love each subject you need to study, but if you don't like anything, maybe consider switching to a different major. You need to love what you do to succeed at it - if you don't, find something else that you do love.
With these tips, you can hopefully also become a straight A's student. This advice definitely worked for me. I was far from being a good student during high school, but everything changed when I went to law school. I truly felt like I was doing something I liked and enjoyed, rather than just 'studying for the sake of it', which was the mentality I had during high school. So guys remember: if it's not easy, it doesn't mean it isn't possible. ;)
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