Improve Your Study Habits With These 4 Techniques

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School can be tough for any age group. With the Internet, television, gaming, cell phones – wow, it’s difficult to put life on hold and hit the books. But you need to. You have to, if you want decent grades.

What makes some students perform exceptionally well Time and again they’re the top of the class. Are they those special amongst us? Those who possess the minds that are very foreign to the rest of us. I bet that isn’t wholly true. The fact is some people just seem to have minds that excel in other subjects. But, with enough effort, many of us can make it academically.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get some help and improve your grades? Maybe you could you use some tips on how to study better – for yourself, a friend or loved one?  Below are a few tips on how you can revolutionize your studies and get such fabulous rewards.


It is important that of all the courses you undertake you take note of the tricky areas. Some courses and some contents make us uncomfortable. It is very normal. Grade a notebook or start a section in one just for monitoring your progress.

List the courses you need help with and specific areas in which you need to focus on for improvement. For instance, maybe you to catch up on reading the lessons, interpreting your class notes, completing your assignments, etc. List items for each course.


Next search for tools to help with each item you’ve listed above. Maybe speeding reading would help, so head to the library for a book or video course on how to speed-read. Maybe you cold use help of a fellow classmate to make sense out of your notes and to help with your homework.

Consult your teachers and colleagues. Google search some content. Your notes can make this search for solutions very easier.


Put your tools to work. After having sought for help and found answers, practice your newly found knowledge. Practice is what gets such knowledge imprinted on your mind. Use a daily planner and make yourself set time aside to catch up on reading, meet with your study buddy, complete your assignments – one step at a time.

Don’t give up. If something doesn’t work, go back to the SEARCH step above and find an alternative solution; find a study group, ask for supplementary reading to understand your lessons better, get a tutor, stop the late night television get your homework done.


When you’ve finished, it’s time to evaluate yourself. Reflect and see how you’ve understood the newly found knowledge. Take a practice test. How’d you do? Did your scores improve? If so, great! Use the same methods and keep at it!

If not, go back, find out why and make changes /improvements. Maybe you need a different study partner, a study group or a tutor. Maybe the course’s reading load is too heavy and you need a lighter course.


Take your studies seriously. Invest more as you expect richer rewards. So before your grades take a dive, take the plunge yourself and kick your studies into gear. Plan your success and take charge of your future.


Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.