To do well in any subject you must be able to think correctly! Thinking skills are something you can learn and develop. Ask yourself questions as you read your textbooks and notes. Talk to other students whom you notice have good thinking skills. You can also sharpen your thinking skills by taking IQ tests available in books or the Internet, or playing games that require thinking such as word games.

  • When studying, gather all notes, handouts or reference materials on the subject. Once you have done that, try to summarize the important points by listing them down in bullet points. Draw diagrams if necessary. Reread your notes and try to recall how your lecturer or teacher discussed them. Also, many students find it more effective to study together with a buddy. A studying buddy can help you test your skill in memory recall and reinforce your understanding of the subject.
  • Laziness can become a big stumbling block in your studies, but with perseverance, commitment and a little support, it can be overcome. Here are some tips to beat laziness: Firstly, think of your target and goals - you know you can't be lazy if you want to succeed. Secondly, keep healthy by getting enough rest and sleep, doing regular exercises and not eating too much until you feel too heavy to move. Third, repeat your goals everyday, and when you're ready, tell the people around you. Lastly, the support that you need may come from your family, friends; or maybe your religion. Or, it can even come from your own self! Every morning and before you go to bed, look at the mirror and tell yourself you will beat your laziness!
  • Successful students don't spend all their weekend having fun. They set a few hours, especially on the evening before class, to review their schoolwork. This helps them to be ready to go back to class when another week begins.
  • One of the best ways to understand and remember what you studied is by exchanging questions and answers with a partner. You can play this Question-and-Answer game with a classmate. Or you can form teams and play by giving marks for correct answers and subtracting marks for each wrong answer. The winning team gets a small prize such as a cup of tea or a pencil for each member, but all participants will benefit by learning and remembering along the way!
  • There are many pairs of English words that sound alike, but each has a different meaning. For example, affect means to influence, while effect means the result of something. Be careful to use the correct word so that you will not express something different than what you mean to express. Ask your teacher or lecturer; or just check with the Internet, or a dictionary, when you are not sure. Always write the right word!
  • Always remember that time is a critical resource that you can't replace when it's gone. Smart students use their time wisely so that they won't complain of not having enough time when exams or assignment deadlines are around the corner. Stick a large calendar up on your wall, behind the door, on the wall of a cupboard etc and look at it daily so that you always know the number of days you have before the exam or assignment deadline.
  • Review reading assignments and exercises just before class, or before preparing your school bag. Then, review what you have learned immediately after class, or on the same day when you get home. This way, you will be better prepared to absorb lessons during class, and will remember what you have just learned.
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