Improving Academic Performance
If you want to improve your academic performance, it’s important first to understand what factors are responsible for success. After all, if you don’t know why something works or doesn’t work, how can you implement changes that will help you succeed? In order for students to understand the factors that lead to better grades and test scores, we’ll need to take a look at the science behind cognitive ability and learning.
Managing your time
The ability to manage your time is one of the most important skills you can learn. Time management is the act of planning and controlling how you spend your time, in order to make sure that you get everything done.
You don’t have to be a master planner, but just knowing where your time goes each day will help you better manage it. Try keeping track of your activities for one week (by using an old-fashioned paper calendar or app), noting how long each task took, and then looking at the results together with a friend or family member. You might find some areas where you’re wasting too much time—like spending 20 minutes every morning browsing social media instead of doing homework—and others where it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks (like forgetting about an assignment until three days before it’s due).
Time management isn’t just about getting more done; it’s also about being less stressed out by work. Make sure that when planning out all those extra hours from productivity improvements like limiting distractions during studying sessions and using Pomodoro timers (to limit distractions) on any remaining tasks, take into account any other responsibilities that come up throughout the week: extracurriculars or volunteer opportunities may require more free time than originally anticipated! Be sure not only to schedule them into each day according’t plan ahead as much as possible so they don’t disrupt other parts of
Organizing your homework
Organizing your homework can be a convenient way to make sure you stay on top of deadlines, keep up with assignments and prioritize your workload.
- A calendar: You can use a paper calendar or one on your phone or computer.
- To-do list: A to-do list is a handy way to keep track of what still needs doing and what already has been completed. It also helps you remember things that may not have been written down but are important nonetheless.
- Planner (or similar): Planners come in many forms, including wall calendars, day planners and notebooks/notebooks with monthly calendars as well as weekly pages for each day of the week. There are also free printable versions available online if you don’t want to purchase one yet don’t mind printing out pages yourself at home so they’re already printed out when it comes time for them!
Doing self quizzes
One of the best ways to improve your study habits is to test yourself regularly. While there are many ways you can do this, a “self quiz” is one of the most effective methods for reviewing material and reinforcing your understanding. A self quiz can be as simple as asking yourself questions about what you have learned so far, or it could be more complex and include written responses or even short-answer questions.
What differentiates a self quiz from other kinds of quizzes?
The answer: You make it up! While teachers will often provide some sort of standardized test or quiz that you have to take in class, there are no specific guidelines for making your own study materials. This means that when it comes time to take the exam, all you have to do is sit down at whatever study space works best for you—whether that’s at home or in your dorm room—and start writing those answers down on some scrap paper!
Studying out loud
Reading and studying are two different things. Reading is passive, while studying is active. When you read, you’re taking in information passively; when you study, you’re processing that information and making it your own.
By reading out loud to yourself or someone else (a tutor or friend), you’ll improve the quality of your study sessions and the memories they create.
- It forces active memory retention. This means that instead of just seeing something on paper or a computer screen, remembering it as an image in your mind’s eye, then forgetting it again later when distracted by other thoughts or activities—you have to actively recall the information from your brain into some sort of verbal format as well. This process helps encode more information into long-term memory than simply absorbing it visually would have accomplished alone.*
- It encourages comprehension.* If something makes sense to us when we hear it spoken aloud rather than read silently (such as jokes), our brains may be able to grasp concepts more easily if we hear them spoken rather than read them off silently.*
Using the Feynman technique.
Feynman technique involves learning material by reciting it to yourself, either out loud or in your head. You can repeat the same thing over and over again until you know it well enough to be able to recite it from memory.
To use the Feynman technique:
- Choose a subject (math, history, biology…) that you need to learn for school and write it down on a piece of paper or whiteboard.
- Now take one paragraph at a time and read it out loud while writing each word down as you say them (or vice versa). You may find that some words are hard to pronounce – if so just try saying them anyway because this will help your brain remember them better!
- Once you’ve finished reading/writing all of the words in that paragraph three times go back over them again but this time without looking at what has been written down before hand so there is no chance whatsoever that someone could see what was being written during any point within their own study session too!
These study habits will help you do well in school.
These study habits will help you do well in school.
Academic performance is an important part of life, so it’s worth learning how to improve your grades and how to study for better results. These tips will help you get a better grade on your next test, which will make your parents happy!
Even if you’re not sure what the Feynman technique is, the important thing to remember is that there are many different ways to improve your academic performance. The most important thing is that you find a study habit that motivates and works for you—and then stick with it!