How to get bet­ter at stud­ies

What­ever the is­sue is, there are things that you can do to im­prove your re­sults

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Samir Parikh

Dur­ing your school years, there are few things that are more stress­ful than not be­ing able to per­form well aca­dem­i­cally. Dif­fi­cul­ties in pro­cess­ing and com­pre­hend­ing in­for­ma­tion can serve as a sig­nif­i­cant im­ped­i­ment to aca­demic ex­cel­lence. In to­day’s high-stim­u­la­tion at­mos­phere, it is dif­fi­cult to block out dis­trac­tions and con­cen­trate on the task at hand.

With the high pre­mium that our so­ci­ety places on aca­demic ex­cel­lence, poor aca­demic per­for­mance can have dire con­se­quences for one’s sense of self­worth, mo­ti­va­tion and so­cial stand­ing. As a stu­dent, un­der- stand that if you are fac­ing prob­lems with aca­demics, or are weak at a spe­cific sub­ject, you need to put in that ex­tra ef­fort to be able to com­pen­sate for it, and not let it pull you down.

the prob­lem: Not know­ing the ex­act prob­lem will only lead you to waste time shoot­ing in the dark. Iden­tify spe­cific ar­eas of dif­fi­culty and the pos­si­ble rea­sons be­hind them.

tasks into small goals: The thought of hav­ing to study chem­istry, math­e­mat­ics or his­tory can seem daunt­ing and de-mo­ti­vat­ing. Di­vide your stud­ies into smaller, more achiev­able sec­tions.

dis­trac­tions: If you want to con­cen­trate on your work, keep your desk clut- ter-free and put away your cell phone. Study in short spurts of 45 min­utes and take short, but fre­quent breaks.

mul­ti­ple meth­ods of learn­ing: Stu­dents have dif­fer­ent ways of pro­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion and dif­fer­ent styles of learn­ing. If you face dif­fi­cul­ties in read­ing, ask some­one to read the in­for­ma­tion out to you. It is also im­por­tant to prac­tise writ­ing notes, to make the in­for­ma­tion a part of your mus­cle me­mory.

not be too crit­i­cal of your­self: If you do badly in a test or are strug­gling with a sub­ject, do not be too hard on your­self. In­stead, fo­cus on the things you have ac­com­plished and con­grat­u­late your­self.

in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties: Do not get com­pletely bogged down in aca­demic is­sues. In­stead, par­tic­i­pate in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties to hone your po­ten­tial.

help from teach­ers and par­ents: If you con­tinue face prob­lems at your in­sti­tute, talk to your teacher for help. Do not keep things bot­tled up in­side you. Share your feel­ings with your friends and fam­ily.

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