Why are GPs so cunning? When you get a C-grade, they sink down fast, yet an A-grade only just nudges them up a little!
Every undergraduate wants to be a valedictorian but we also know how cunning those darn GP figures can be – when you get a C-grade, it sinks down but an A-grade only just nudges it up a little. Hell!
The student then has no choice but to read more.
Students must note however is that those with better study methods and strategies score higher on their exams, and long study hours do not automatically translate to excellence – reading technique, quality and timing matter even more.
The following are some suggestions on improving upon your current studying techniques and working up those wilting GPs.
Review the study material right after class when it's still fresh in your memory – before you forget!
Space out your studying and review class materials at least several times a week, focusing on one topic at a time – not waiting for the night before a test or exam to do marathon jacking!
Always keep your study materials – lecture notes, course textbooks, study guides and any other relevant material – very close by, where you see them always!
Study in a comfortable and quiet place with good lighting and little distractions – comfortable does not include your bed because you might be tempted just lie down and take a nap!
Learn the general concepts first, don't worry about learning the details until you have learned the main ideas – else you get confused!
Take notes as a summary of the important ideas as you learnt as you read – they’re good for quick study later!
Take short breaks frequently while you study instead of doing long studying stretch – your memory retains the information you study at the beginning and the end better than the middle!
Chose your study group wisely and make sure the members are serious about the test!
Space out your studying, studying a little every day instead of trying to cram all at a go – this keeps what you learn in your long-term memory!
Understand a topic before moving on to another – don't just read through a material and try to memorize everything!
Identify your best reading time and stick to it – if you are a morning person try studying in the morning, if evening, stick to evening!
Test yourself or have someone test you on to find out where you are weak or strong – go through questions at the end of each chapter and practice tests!
The good one.... listening to relaxing music such as classical or jazz on a low volume can relieve some of the boredom of studying.
So go dust out your dusty textbooks and crank your GP up with these tips!