to Get an 'A' Plus
Never Worry about Your GPA Again
To prepare for a test:
- Make the decision to commit yourself to earning
- Attend and ask questions in each class.
- Take good
- Know the syllabus inside and out, and adhere to its
deadlines and policies.
- Consider joining a study group, getting tutoring,
or reviewing supplementary study
- Stop by during the professor's office hours for additional
direction or assistance.
- Work on assignments immediately to give you time
to revise, revise, revise, and practice, practice,
- To prepare for every class, read the assigned chapter
beforehand and note any questions.
- After class, review anything you didn't understand,
look up answers to quizzes, and tackle the study guide.
- Read everything. Highlight relevant material. Remember,
if you get behind, it is too difficult to catch up.
- Check the class (Internet) Web page often. Many professors
put most of the news, events, and items of interest
for students on this page.
- You may need to work on your writing (communication
skills) above all else. Get a writing handbook, style
guide, and a good college dictionary.
- Know your concepts, your terminology,
and your facts.
- Do extra credit assignments.
- Set aside a regular study schedule and give yourself
enough time to master the material. At a minimum,
students are asked to study two hours a week for every
hour in class.
- Periodically review lecture notes and other study
- Use a semester/quarter planner.
- Review all reading and lecture notes, making an
outline of important information.
- Create a sample test, take it, and then go back
and concentrate on your weak areas.
- If you can't seem to remember the material, write
it, recite it, or think of associations which will
help you remember during the test.
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See also Top Ten Study Tips for Adult Learners.