DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Front Page - Lau­ren Cham­b­liss Her­nan­dez

Cram­ming at mid­night for to­mor­row’s fi­nal exam… Read­ing the sum­mary on the back cover of the novel for your English as­sign­ment… Was I sup­posed to mem­o­rize that for­mula for my physics test? Some­times, poor study habits creep into the rou­tines of even the best stu­dents. You can beat these bad habits by fo­cus­ing on pos­sess­ing the qual­i­ties needed for a great schoolyear. Aca­demic suc­cess comes by way of strong study habits. Though these habits may take time and dis­ci­pline, they are the key to see­ing the re­sults you want and de­serve.

Aca­demic skills: Go back to ba­sics. Un­der­stand your read­ing, write ef­fec­tively and speak elo­quently. Mas­ter these three skills and you will be on your way to not only aca­demic suc­cess, but suc­cess in your fu­ture work­place.

At­ti­tude: Your at­ti­tude is the key to how you see and deal with ed­u­ca­tion. A pos­i­tive at­ti­tude breeds pos­i­tive re­sult. The abil­ity and will­ing­ness to learn are en­hanced when one pos­sesses a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

Ap­pli­ca­tion: A good stu­dent has the abil­ity to ap­ply the re­sults of his or her learn­ing in a creative way and achieve his or her goals. This in­cludes more than an­swer­ing test ques­tions on a given sub­ject. Ap­ply what you have learned through­out the year across subjects, even af­ter the exam is com­plete.

Per­cep­tion: Keep­ing an open mind, cou­pled with at­ten­tion to de­tail, will al­low you to see and un­der­stand in­for­ma­tion from all an­gles. Of­ten times, au­thors will pro­vide dou­ble-mean­ings or a math prob­lem can be solved more than one way. Be­ing able to see all sides of a sub­ject will give you the abil­ity to make the most of your ed­u­ca­tion.

Time Man­age­ment: Dis­ci­pline in manag­ing time is an im­por­tant skill that ev­ery stu­dent must pos­sess. Pro­cras­ti­na­tion is the down­fall of many stu­dents. Give your­self time to do your as­sign­ment to the best of your abil­ity. Start­ing as­sign­ments early will al­low you to ask your teacher for help, if needed and will al­low you to check over your work be­fore hand­ing it in.

Un­der­stand What You Learn: Many sur­veys sug­gest stu­dents of­ten mem­o­rize facts with­out un­der­stand­ing their mean­ing. The mem­o­rized facts and the­o­ries will stay with the stu­dent for the exam, but will be quickly for­got­ten. It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand the con­cepts and the­o­ries taught. Of­ten times, higher level classes will re­quire in­for­ma­tion learned in a pre­vi­ous course to be ap­plied in a dif­fer­ent way. Be sure you know what you are learn­ing. Ev­ery­one has study habits that work. Find how you can posses all of these qual­i­ties and you will be on the path to suc­cess. Need help fig­ur­ing out a way to in­cor­po­rate these habits into your rou­tine? Talk to your teach­ers, pro­fes­sors, guid­ance coun­selors and peers about suc­cess­ful meth­ods. DT

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