Hope these tips provided by the Celerity Educational Group are helpful….
Personally, I never could do the “study group” thing. I’d try, but I would always get distracted and goof off instead of actually doing any work. Of course, saying I was at a study group was always a great excuse to hang out with friends on a week day, but that’s another story…Ã‚Â 😉
Organization Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This essentially involves planning a study framework and timeline, keeping ordered notes, maintaining notebooks and developing a method for sifting through acquired knowledge. Organization is a much touted method for achieving success but how to actually accomplish it is rarely investigated. Organization can take many forms and has many methods. Organization is about compartmentalizing knowledge and streamlining content. Any methods for doing so will vary from individual to individual based on their learning style. Thus, a tactile learner may take copious notes and create graphic organizers or an auditory learner may record lessons or notes for future playback. In short, there are many methods for achieving organization and how to do so will depend on you. But keep in mind, organization is necessary for success.
Asking Questions Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This seems simple but asking questions about the material and the assignment is often overlooked. It is imperative to inquire in order to increase your knowledge. The ultimate model teacher was most probably Socrates. Socrates never lectured but rather asked incisive questions of his students. The questioning process was likened to the birthing process. In fact, Socrates liked to call himself a midwife rather than a teacher because strenuous work was invested in producing a final idea or perfected knowledge. Thus, questioning is part of the learning process and is essential for achieving good grades.
Knowing What is Expected Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This means, among other things, knowing the criteria for the evaluation of your work. Educators call this Ã¢â‚¬Å“understanding the rubric.Ã¢â‚¬? Rubrics are essentially yardsticks for assessing and grading your work. Knowing the parameters of the rubric will help you modify your work product to ensure a favorable review and optimal grades.
Study Groups Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Developing a peer network or peer study group can be helpful in getting good grades. The peer study group can answer questions regarding the material, the rubric and can offer support throughout the learning process. Never underestimate the power of friendship particularly when it comes to grades.
Reading for Pleasure Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Many people forget to read for fun. While in school and even after school there is this pressure to read for a purpose. But reading for fun is not only enjoyable but stimulates imagination, creativity and stimulates language development. All these factors are essential in attaining knowledge, evaluating knowledge and ultimately achieving success in your knowledge which translates to good grades.
Time Management Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This involves scheduling time to study, to do assignments, to review notes etc. Essentially, planning ample time to acquire knowledge rather than trying to cram it in at the last minute will help you achieve good grades.
(This article was authored by Vielka McFarlane of the Celerity Educational Group.)