STUDY SUGGESTIONS THAT WORK:
A new school year, with all its possibilities and promise, lies ahead for us all. The grades you make this year can pay off in helping you enter the college you want, in bringing you nearer to the lifework of your choice, perhaps in college scholarships.
AT THIS MOMENT THE YEAR'S AHEAD. MAKE THE MOST OF IT!!!
Efficient ways of study are not a matter of guess. Psychologists have been working for years on how to study. Research on the best methods of study have been conducted at top universities including Stanford, Ohio State, and Chicago. There, careful experiments with groups of students have thrown light on ways to study that are best. By using these ways, you should learn more easily, remember longer, and save hours of study time.
The suggestions that follow are based on the results of these experiments:
1. MAKE AND KEEP A STUDY SCHEDULE
Set aside certain hours each day for homework. Keep the same schedule faithfully from day to day. The amount of time needed to study will vary with the individual student and the courses on his schedule.
2. STUDY IN A SUITABLE PLACE - THE SAME PLACE EACH DAYIs concentration one of your study problems? Expens tell us that the right surroundings will help you greatly in concentration. Your study desk or table should be in a quiet place, as free from distractions as possible. You will concentrate better if you study in the same place every day.
3. COLLECT ALL THE MATERIALS YOU NEED BEFORE YOU BEGINYour study desk or table should have certain standard equipment - paper, pen, pencil, an eraser, and a dictionary. For certain assignments you'll need a ruler, paste, a compass, or a pair of scissors. With all your materials at hand, you can study without interruption.
4. DON'T WAIT FOR INSPIRATION TO STRIKE - IT PROBABLY WON'TWe can learn a lesson about studying from observing an athlete. Can you imagine seeing an athlete who is training for a mile sitting on the field waiting for inspiration to strike before he starts to practice? He trains strenuously day after day whether he wants to or not. Like the athlete, we get in training for our tests and examinations by doing the things we are expected to do over a long period of time.
5. A WELL KEPT NOTEBOOK CAN HELP RAISE YOUR GRADES
Guidance counselors tell us that there is a definite relationship between the orderliness of a student's notebook and the grades he makes. Set aside a special section for each of the subjects on your schedule. When your teachers announce important dates for tests and examinations, you will find how priceless orderly notes can be.
6. MAKE A CAREFUL RECORD OF YOUR ASSIGNMENTS
Why lose time phoning all over town to find someone who knows the assignment? Put it down in black and white - in detail - in a place in your notebook. Knowing just what you are expected to do and when you are expected to do it is the first long step toward completing important assignments successfully.
7. USE "TRADE SECRETS" FOR SUCCESSFUL STUDY
Flash cards are "magic helpers." On the front side of a small card you write an important term in History, Biology, English, etc. and on the back, a definition or an important fact about that term. Carry your flash cards with you. At odd times, take them out and ask yourself the meaning of the term. If you don't know, turn to the other side and review the answer. The "divided page" is another trick of the study trade. Make a dividing line down the center Of a sheet of notebook paper. Then write the "self-recitation" method of study. Cover the right hand side and fry to give the answer. Then check and re-check until you are sure you know the material.
A simple, but effective, study device is a "cover card". As you are studying, look at your notebook or textbook and read what you are trying to memorize. Then use your "cover card" to conceal what you have just read, and fry reciting or writing the facts from memory. Check until you are sure you have mastered these facts.
8. GOOD NOTES ARE YOUR INSURANCE AGAINST FORGETTING
Learn to take notes efficiently as your teachers stress important points in class and as you study your assignments. Good notes are a "must" forjust before the test reviewing. Without notes, you will often need to reread the whole assignment before a test. With them, you can call the main points to mind in just a fraction of the time.