A One Month Plan To Improve Your Study Skills And Raise Your Grades
Many 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
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.
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Week 2: Meet with the Career
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
Week 3: Implement at Least One
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.
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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
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.