It is officially spring. Such a wonderful time of year. The air is fresh with smells of the blooming flowers and the sights of the new greens on the trees. I wanted to remind all of you that everyday is a new day and that we should follow mother nature’s spring example. Although there may be time where we feel as if we fail or fall, whether it be in a class at school or within our personal lives, we always have a chance for a new beginning.
So with that said, I would like to share with you my top 5 tips for becoming a better student:
1- Always eat something for breakfast- Even if it is only a piece of fruit, or even if your class doesn’t start until 1 or 2 o’clock, eat something, your body needs fuel and it makes you feel more energized and alert. Instead of daydreaming in class about being hungry or what you’re going to eat for lunch, you will be able to focus more on what your professor is teaching.
2- Take comprehensive notes- Don’t try to write down word for word what your professor is saying unless he or she emphasises that it is a very important point. Try to pay attention and write your notes in a way that you will be able to understand them after the class is over. You may not need to copy word for word what is on their power point slide, but just a sentence or two in your own words can help you understand the entire point.
3- Ask questions- This is very important. If you did not quite understand a point or may not have heard the entire explanation, ask your professor to explain it again. This is what our professors are here for, to help us comprehend what they are teaching us. More than likely, you will not be the only person that didn’t hear or understand what the professor was saying, so don’t be shy when you raise your hand. We are here to learn, not just regurgitate and forget information.
4- Attend all classes- It will be hard to do well in a class if you miss any of your lecture time, even if you try to get someone else’s notes, you may comprehend your professors lecture differently than someone else, therefore being in class is critical.
5- Study, Study, Study- Read some materials before you come to class so that you are prepared for what the professor may be discussing. Keep up to date on all assignments so you don’t fall behind. Manage your time wisely so that you have time to study. Television can become addicting, so turn it off, go outside, or somewhere where there are the least distractions and find a few minutes to study.
And Today’s Random Fact: “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”