Study Tips From Our Visitors - 2009 Archive

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I get up 15 minutes earlier than I have to. Then I can double check to see that I have everything I need to take to school.

      Alex Zumaya, Student, 6 Grade  Rochester, New York, USA  03/17/2009

I always do my assigned readings before I come to a class. I am then more focused and do a better job of taking important notes. Sometimes I have questions in advance I want to ask the teacher.

      Anthony Reyes, Student, 10th  Kansas City, Kansas, USA  03/12/2009

I always study at a silent place with my friends. Always give a 2 1/2 hour gap between studies.

      Han Reddy, Student, 2008  Jaipur, India  01/20/2009

If you know a test is coming soon, say in about a week, try to study about 10-20 minutes each day. When the time of the test comes, you'll have studied at least an hour! It's better to spread out your studying over a long period of time, instead of cramming it in on one night. It helps the information soak in.

      Mady S, Student, 7th  Katy, Texas  11/22/2009

Be yourself no matter how had things are for you. Just try your best.

      Matilda Lamin, Student, Year 10  Sydney, Australia  12/20/2009

I learn best when I see things. Whenever I can, I turn the information in my books into pictures and diagrams. I can draw pretty well but that really doesn't matter. When I look back at what I drew, the information comes into my mind.

      Ricardo Arguello, Student, 10th  Lubbock, Texas, USA  02/14/2009

I have tried for years to get every single thing down on paper...DONT DO THAT!! If your notes are from a reading of some sort, read it beforehand for the major points. Use abbreviations that you will understand. Then after class, rewrite them so you know what the abbreviations stand for.

      Kayleen Hammitte, Student, 12th grade  Flat Rock, Michigan, USA  08/03/2009

Make friends with the students who get high marks and also those who don't always get high marks but simply have the passion and desire to do their best. This will help you get in the right mindset for studying and help you to keep competitive! Remember,friends influence you greatly! If you don't wish to become their good friends , then at least meet them often and respect them!

      Usman Zakir, Student, 4th Year Medicine  Lahore, Pakistan  12/19/2009

1) Attend school regularly 2) take down notes 3) revise notes within 24 hours of writing them 4) set small goals like 2-3 chapters at a time 5) take small breaks of 5-7 minutes between study hours 6)get help from friends if possible.

      Astha Mehrotra, Student, college  Lucknow, India  10/22/2009

If you want to be at the top in any class, you must attend each class and listen to everything carefully. Do this even if the the teacher's statement seems boring and useless to you.

      Chetan Kumar, Student, A grade  Deoghar, India  07/09/2009

I study in my room, with music playing at a low volume and a favorite candle burning. The familiar place, sound, and smell help me relax and focus on the task.

      Anna H., Student, 9th  KTN, Alaska, USA  12/11/2009

I try very hard to complete and hand in all my assignments on time. This gives teachers a very favorable opinion of me. Also, you can lose points if you hand in things late. So don't delay. Get started when you have to and keep on going till its done.

      Samantha Riggins, Student, High School Junior  East Lansing, Michigan, USA  01/16/2009

"Don't panic when others try to boast about how well they are prepared for the examination."

      Keorapetse Segokgo, Student, First year  Gaborone, Botswana  11/06/2009

From my experience, reading in and of itself is theoretical. The student must also write what he understands from his reading. This is the only practical way for a student to apply his reading in his student life.

      Sankar Guha, Parent, Dhanmondi  Dhaka, Bangladesh  04/29/2009

Use note cards...first write the vocabulary word or problem on one side and the definition or the problem on the other side. Study each card about 5 times each night for about a week or so before the test. This will help you do great on your test!

      Dakota Hauck, Student, 9th grade  Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA  09/29/2009

By preparing flash/index cards and by also rereading them as much as you can, you will remember what you learned.

      Ahron R, Student, 2nd form  Kingstown, Saint Vincent & Grenadines  11/11/2009

Highlight all the necessary information and write it down in print form. This will help you remember what each section is about and you can always rewrite it in your own way.

      Lee Chiloane, Student, 11th Grade  Johannesburg, South Africa  10/20/2009

It is a lot easier to study when you have a quiet place to do it in. It is also easier if you schedule a time to study every day.

      Jessica Callahan, Student, Sophomore  Greenwood, Indiana, USA  09/10/2009

When I take a timed test I always go through it and answer the questions I know first. Then I go back to work on the others. If I stop to work on one I don't know at first, I probably won't get to ones I can get right.

      Rachel Stern, Student, High School  Chicago, Illinois, USA  09/17/2009

I read this article about Kobe Bryant. He said that he always knew he had ability, but he had to practice and practice to make sure he played up to his ability. The same goes for school. You have to study and study to learn up to your ability.

      Rebecca Howell, Student, 10th grade  Pasadena, California, USA  12/29/2009

I'm an auditory learner who can learn best when I listen to something. When I read textbooks, I have a small tape recorder and I record what I think is the most important information. Then I listen to it over and over. This helps me remember the information for when I have a test.

      Rachel L, Student, Grade 10  East Lansing, Michigan, USA  10/28/2009

I expect to go to university after next year. In my senior year I'm taking advanced placement classes and the hardest elective I can find. I want to be challenged so I can smooth right into university demands. Don't take the easy way while in high school - you'll just pay for it later.

      Alex B, Student, High School senior to be  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA  06/05/2009

Did you see the research about colors? Red makes you more accurate and blue more creative. From now on I'm going to use red index cards to make my flash cards and will use a blue pen to write on them. Then I'll be accurate and creative.

      Joshua O'Brien, Student, 10th Grade  Providence, Rhode Island, USA  02/06/2009

Your brain is like a file cabinet. If you try to cram everything in at once, you won't be able to retrieve anything later because everything is so disorganized. Organize your "file cabinet" by studying one section at a time and really let the information soak in before moving onto the next lesson.

      Sy Hong, Student, College Grad  La Habra, California, USA  09/27/2009

Get a copy of the syllabus of the subject that you are studying. It states everything you need to know, and is also a guide to what is going to come in the examinations. Stick to your syllabus! Visit the library and the Internet and obtain notes on the topics listed in the syllabus. Study these notes and you are guaranteed to pass!

      Nicole R, Student, Secondary  Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  07/02/2009

Try to get the hardest stuff done first. Then everything else will seem like a breeze when you're working.

      Christy Moore, Student, 8  Dallas, Texas, USA  11/17/2009

Eat first before studying to get energy.

      Gabe S., Student  Forest Park, USA  01/30/2009

What the mind doesn't remember, the hand does...TAKE NOTES-and also have a peppermint candy in your mouth when you study and again when you take a test to "jog" your memory by association..Works for me.

      Terri Wilson, Student, Junior B  Bellingham, Washington, USA  05/04/2009

Do not study too much at a time. And do NOT cram the night before a big test... you will forget EVERYTHING!!!!

      Shelly M, Student, 7  Middle Granville, New York, USA  05/22/2009

I watch my professors carefully for clues about what's most important. Some start moving around a lot, some raise their voice, and some start moving their hands about. When this happens, I write down what they're saying.

      Allison Eckhart, Student, College soph  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA  07/27/2009

If you are trying to reach a goal you have to do that first. Then do other things.

      Sunil Sunil, Student, Middle  Bangalore  07/30/2009

Have a clear mind, peace, and quiet. Keep the goal you're trying to reach in mind. That's the reason for you studying.

      Fatimah Haskins, Student, 1st  Jacksonville, Florida, USA  11/16/2009

Study is like food. We should make a study schedule like we do our eating schedule. Study needs time and the best time for me to study is 6am to 8am and then 6pm to 10pm. Late night study doesn't bring good results and is not good from a physical point of view. Make a habit of daily reading and you will succeed.

      Yasir Ali Bhatti, Student, BS(textile)  Quetta, Pakistan  09/26/2009

Stay organized. Keep your materials together so you don't waste study time looking for things. An organized mind is a great mind. I have a place for everything and everything in its place.

      Samuel Williams, Student, University  Birmingham, United Kingdom  01/29/2009

I have a copy of the World Almanac. Sometimes when I have a few free minutes I just turn to a page. If the info is not interesting I turn to another page. I love facts and sometimes they are very useful for school. Anyhow it's fun.

      Elizabeth Williamson, Student, 8th grade  Providence, Rhode Island, USA  11/10/2009


      Sanju Bai, Parent, DOCTORATE  SURREY, British Columbia, Canada  04/28/2009

Never say you can't do it. Always say that you can do it. If you trust yourself you can do it.

      Hera Haidery, Student, 8th Grade  Karachi, Pakistan  12/25/2009

If you can't study in a silence mode, you can always select a slow music mode in the background while studying for mind relaxation. Don't give up when you come across tough questions. Keep trying.

      Koshiela Nair, Student, A Levels  Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia  03/07/2009

You need to have questions in your mind as you read.

      Padam Singh Lodha Rajput, Student, M.B.A  Dholpur, India  09/26/2009

When taking notes during class be sure to abbreviate things due to the fact that if you don't you will not get everything that's being taught. Try to keep listening when you are writing your notes - half listen and half write.

      Seamus Anglin, Student, 10th grade  Cleveland, Ohio, USA  09/18/2009

Study during the evening between 6 and 9 and write down what you remember just before you go to sleep. In the morning when you wake up try to recall the information you studied the previous night. Then glance at what you wrote. In this way you will not forget what you studied. Practice and hard work gives better results.

      Mahesha P, Bachelor of Engineering  Mysore, India  12/12/2009

"When I study, I first prepare all the things that I'll be needing for reviewing. I buy some healthy food, because when I am studying, my mind works faster when I'm eating food."

      Erlon Gumanab, Student, 1st year  Quezon City, Philippines  07/15/2009

Always work hard and maintain a study schedule from the earliest days because it will help a lot. A 2nd major thing is to concentrate on your class lectures and ask at least one question. 3rd, never miss a lecture because it will be difficult for you to learn at the next lecture. Finally, don't wait to prepare yourself on exam night.

      Yasir Ali Bhatti, Student, BS  Hyderabad, Pakistan  03/18/2009

I try not to just focus on my study but give enough time to me to take a walk.This to ensure that my body and my mind are always ready at the same time.

      Zuhelmi Glet, Student, 2  Kuala Langat, Malaysia  01/07/2009

I find that I know all the words to songs I like and listen to over and over again. So if I can set the information I need to know for a test to a song or a ditty, then I will recall the information, especially during a test...sing to yourself though!

      Patty Y, Professional  Rockledge, Florida  10/05/2009

Don't forget about school over the holidays. Spend some time reviewing. Not too much - but enough so you don't forget stuff.

      Amanda W, Student, grade 7  Tampa, Florida, USA  12/06/2009

Read and highlight important and bold print in the text. Then review at the end of the week.

      Georgetta Davis, Student, freshman  Greenville, Texas, USA  05/22/2009

Each of my professors has a different teaching style. I try to identify that style and then adjust my studying and work to that style as much as possible. In short - be flexible.

      Rena Weinstein, Student, University  Haifa, Israel  04/09/2009

Have confidence in yourself. Think that you're the best in the class.

      Mohammad Raessi, Student, 8  Doha, Qatar  09/23/2009

"Don't read too much into a test question. You may get it wrong if you overthink.

      C M, Student, Nursing School  Mobile, Alabama, USA  09/22/2009

I write very sloppy when I take notes. At night I rewrite my notes in good handwriting. This makes them easier to study for a test. Also it makes me think about what I wrote - sometimes I add information or make changes.

      Ronaldo Harris, Student, HS soph  Pontiac, Michigan, USA  08/18/2009

Establishing a good study environment is the basic component for good studying.

      Roohullah Ali, Student, Undergraduate/ Bachelor  Quetta, Pakistan  10/05/2009

While studying, make sure you are well fed and well concentrated. Try to meditate and calm down before reading anything.

      Jon B, Student, 12th grade  Sandy, Utah, USA  10/05/2009

Set out a "To Do" and "Done" pile. That way you will feel accomplishment when you take a look at all your completed work. Work in regular 1 hour blocks, using a kitchen timer. Give yourself a 5 or 10 minute break to do whatever before getting straight back into it. Do plenty of practice papers under exam conditions - give yourself a head-start in experiencing the pressures of sitting for an exam.

      Charlotte L, Student, 11  Sydney, Australia  09/07/2009

Always review the lesson of the day.

      Aliria Vargas, Teacher, 6th grade  San Diego, California, USA  08/07/2009

Study at the same time each day. It is best to study in groups. When I study I keep my feet off the ground. Otherwise I get sleepy. Get at least 6 hours of sleep daily and especially sleep well the night before an exam.

      Kuber Singh Rao, Student, 12  Calicut, India  06/12/2009

I study at midnight because my mind has relaxed then. I eat healthy foods every day and get plenty of sleep.

      Thandeka Mkabela, Student, University  Nelspruit, South Africa  07/29/2009

If you're having trouble in math, get help RIGHT AWAY. Everything builds in math. Once you fall behind in math you won't catch up without help. Ask your teacher for help and get help from a friend who's really good in math. You might even need a tutor.

      Henry Rosario, Student, 11th Grade  Chicago, Illinois, USA  01/24/2009

Say the words you are studying out loud so that you may hear them as you read them. Repeat this as many times as possible. Never cram. Always review what you have learned during the day. Also, when you learn something, share it with others. As I believe,"Men learn while they teach."

      Daryl Haguyahay, Student, 1st year BSA  Davao City, Philippines  07/18/2009

I think we should view new lessons and also review them. Remember to review new words before going to bed and in the morning!

      Tho Lehuu, Student, 4th  HCM, Vietnam  08/23/2009

It is better to study a particular subject intensively in a day rather than studying up to five subjects in one day. Focusing on one subject at a time will enable you to cover more instead of putting too much stress on the brain. Secondly, if you study at night, avoid sitting in a very comfortable position, studying in bed, or lying face down.

      Ayodeji Abiodun, Student, o-level  Ilorin, Nigeria  10/19/2009

I try to keep to the time I have set aside for studying. For example if I decide to study for 2 hours first I do my homework and the time I have left in my two hour block I divide it between subjects I need to study for.

      Garry B., Student, 5th  Big Spring, Texas, USA  02/20/2009

I plan my study time and study topics before I start. First, I read the chapter to learn the main objectives of the chapter. I headline the main topics in pencil. Then I come back to the first portion of the chapter and start reading carefully through the chapter.

      Parvez Alam, Student, IPS  Delhi, India  11/10/2009

This may sound crazy, but if I really feel I HAVE to get into the material even more I put on some LOUD and adrenaline-pumping music. I can read the material while the music is blasting in the background and do very well comprehending what I read!! I also outline the chapters and usually make note cards as well. Works great.

      Linda Shelton, Student, entry RN program  Ft. Wayne, Indiana, USA  08/24/2009

I try to manage my time schedule. Every time I don't, I don't have a time to study.

      Mohd Saad Rozita, Pre Intermediate  Selangor, Malaysia  10/24/2009

I take careful notes in my classes. This makes me stay alert so I don't miss anything important - especially things that might be on the test. When a teacher seems excited about something it's almost always on the test. I write that down for sure.

      Roberto Escobar, Student, High School  Ponce, Puerto Rico  06/27/2009

1. Take notes When you take notes you will have more facts to study 2. Have a good workspace Try to have a nice quiet room away from any distractions 3. Have someone test you on what you have studied any be sure you know all of the answers.

      Armani S., Student, 6th  Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA  01/11/2009

Make sure you have a good and quiet place to study. If you need help ask an adult. Don't just guess the answer cause that's how you fail.

      Mckayla Ball, Student, 5  New Mexico, Ohio, USA  10/08/2009

When you have to read about a science experiment, make sure you know the difference between a control group and an experimental group. The experimental group gets the experimental treatment while the control group doesn't.

      Leonard Sandusky, Student, College junior  Jacksonville, Florida, USA  12/24/2009

Writing something 2 times is equal to reading it 10 times. So students of today, please be sure to write to come up in your life.

      Sashwin Ashwin, Student, High School  Bangaloru, Yukon Territory, India  06/04/2009

Write the words you don't know in a book called word bank book. Study these often.

      M. M., Student, Primary 6  Singapore, Singapore  02/22/2009

While studying keep a bottle of water near you and drink a sip of water every 5 minutes. And while you are studying pull your ears every 5 minutes because it makes your brain active. Just pull 2 or 3 times.

      Muthu S., Student, 11th  Chennai, India  01/18/2009

"When you go to study, read over the material several times. Read all of the notes you have taken within the same day. Try to repeat what you have read. Study for one subject, take a break, then go on to another."

      Abigayle Bond, Student, 10th grade  Lemoore, California, USA  10/28/2009

I find that using cue cards and writing all my notes on them really helps me learn the information.

      Bex H, Student, 8  Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada  06/29/2009

Whatever you study in a full day, you just try to remember it at every night before sleeping. You will always remember it automatically.

      Pritee Jagdale, Student, Engineering  Mumbai, India  03/25/2009

I have to spend a lot of time to remember my notes when I read them. I have a technique. I draw a picture about the subject matter of my notes. This helps me to remember my notes perfectly. All the best.

      Prasanna Kottamasu, Student, 10th grade  Chirala, India  06/07/2009

When studying vocabulary you should understand the meaning of the word and do not memorize the definition word for word. A way to remember the meaning is to come up with sentences that use the word or another word that will make you think of the meaning.

      Darla F., Student, 7  Charoltte, North Carolina, USA  01/03/2009

Plan your time effectively. if you fail to plan, you planned to fail.

      Flokas Florian, Student, University Of Namibia  Windhoek, Namibia  03/30/2009

Make up a memorable song to help you remember information. Also try using mind maps. Don't forget to take regular study breaks and get at least 10 hours of sleep the night before a test. On the day of the test avoid eating sugary things or drinking caffeine as it slows down your brain.

      Carryn P, Student, 11  Los Angeles, California, USA  05/24/2009

Don't panic while studying. Calmly study everything without any disturbances. Don't get up from your study place until you finish what you have to do. If you are weak in a subject, write the information until you learn it.

      Ganesh N, Student, 7  Bangalore, India  11/25/2009

I always carry a pocket dictionary with me. When I come across a word I don't know, I look it up. I write the word and what it means in a part of my notebook I call new vocabulary. I look at these whenever I can and I try to use the words. I think a lot of people judge you by your vocabulary and I want to look good.

      Shawn Washington, Student, 10th Grade  Baltimore, Maryland, USA  02/18/2009

After I write a paper I go over it very carefully to see if I have to revise anything. Before I hand it in I have someone else read it. They always find some things I missed and can fix.

      William Maroney, Student, 11th Grade - High School  Trenton, New Jersey, USA  02/25/2009

I always read different articles every day. This improves my reading skills. I read passages from my text books. After that I read them again as practice.

      Abdulqadir Jeylani, Student, 2009  Seattle, Washington, USA  03/21/2009

Look we all have to face it... It's hard to study sometimes. I personally think that it is easier to sit down on your floor with your textbook and your notes, put on some of your favorite music, close the shades, and read and review and keep doing that untill your done... I probably shoudn't tell you this but if you just pay attention in class and do all of your work you'll do just fine. Also, do all of your homework. I know I sound really boring but it really helps.

      Kelly Dubreuik, Student, Seventh grader  Enfield, Connecticut, USA  12/15/2009

I find that it helps especially when learning essays for a language to voice record yourself. This helps you to remember and also you will notice any mistakes made in pronunciation. Flash cards are great for things you may find difficult to remember. Practice your questions by writing them out and make summary notes for every chapter. Explaining something to someone else also helps you to understand and remember.

      Helen R, Student, leaving certificate  Galway, Ireland  05/18/2009

I have my students use the sentence Please (parenthesis)excuse (exponents) my (multiplication) dear (division)Aunt (addition) Sally (subtraction) to help them remember the order of math operations.

      Robin C, Teacher, Middle School  Binghamton, New York, USA  12/15/2009

We need not to study hard but rather we should study smart.

      Hillary Mokaya, Student, Form 3  Nairobi, Kenya  12/02/2009

After reading a textbook chapter,videotape or audiotape yourself giving a lecture on the chapter. Whenever you have free time, watch or listen to it [like before going to sleep or while having breakfast). Watching yourself or listening to your own voice on tape helps your memory and boosts your confidence.

      Vinayak R, Student, sslc  Bangalore, India  06/24/2009

I never start to study if there is a movie on I really want to watch. Bad move unless you can record it!! Your mind wanders to the movie and you can't concentrate. Have all the things done you feel you HAVE to do. Meals, laundry, walking the dogs... Then settle down where you will be comfy with the least distractions. Have some bottled water and healthy snacks available and get going. Also, don't try to study with a bad headache. Try to get rid of it first.

      Linda Shelton, Student, RN program  Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA  09/06/2009

I study best with music on with my headphones. This blocks out unwanted noise.

      Brianna Revill, Student, 6th Grade  Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA  10/21/2009

Do not study at the last minute. Study your notes before hand and revise them 2 to 3 times before taking any exam.

      Ashwil Sequeira, Student, XII  Mumbai, India  05/24/2009

I try to study in a quiet place that does not have distractions. This way I can focus on the subject.

      Suzanne Biver, Student, Graduate  San Jose, California, USA  05/22/2009

I came up with a neat way to help me when I'm learning about countries in the world. I find their flag on the Internet and read about how the flag came about. I just read about the flag of Peru and learned how the colors came from the Incas. They ruled Peru before Spain did. The flags are also neat to look at.

      Tony L, Student, 7th Grade  Boston, Massachusetts, USA  06/10/2009

Exams can stress one out to a great extent, especially if you forget important points while answering an exam. To remember answers well it is important to summarize the answers in points. Write down the points for each answer on a piece of paper & put them up where you can see them daily, say on a bulletin board or stick them up on a wall. Just go through the points daily. If you do it this way, you will remember the answers at the exam.

      Mohima G, Student, College  Ambernath, India  11/01/2009

First, read the topic 3 times. Then make a mind map of the main points using bright colors. Every night before you go to bed, reread the topic and review the main points on your mind map. Do this for each subject and each lesson.

      Maryam K, Student, 10  Riffa, Bahrain  09/14/2009

When reading through your notes make sure you highlight the important parts with a highlighter. This way they will be easy to find.

      Al Thomas, Teacher, Adult Literacy  Thompson, Manitoba, Canada  12/21/2009

Some of my teachers don't make our assignments clear. I don't want to waste time doing the wrong thing. I'm not shy to ask a question if I'm not sure what I am supposed to do.

      Hector L, Student, HIgh School  Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA  04/23/2009

I stopped using a yellow highlighter pen when I read my textbooks. I realized I was highlighting almost everything and paid almost no attention to what I was reading. Now I take written notes instead. This makes me really focus on what I am reading. Also, I write only the most important information so my hand won't cramp up.

      Natalie Kuroda, Student, College Soph  San Francisco, California, USA  04/29/2009

Always concentrate on the difficult part of the study material first, as solving it correctly boosts one's confidence. Plan and schedule your work to make your life much easier.

      Kunal R. Sarpal, Student, 10+2  Atlanta and Alaska, USA  09/23/2009

Studying regularly is the most important way to get good marks in examination.

      Aditi Mathur, Student, 8  Jaipur, India  07/21/2009

Here is how I deal with getting distracted during studying. A lot of times I think of ideas or other things to do. I just write them on a pad and go on studying. When I'm through I look at what I wrote. Some things I follow up on and others don't really seem important. Meanwhile, I've studied what I set out to study.

      Margaret Sanderson, Student, 9th grader  Baltimore, Maryland, USA  12/02/2009

I sit in the front row of my classes. That way there are no distractions between me and the teacher. The further back you sit, the more kids in front of you who can distract you.

      Hector Rosales, Student, HS junior  San Francisco, California, USA  08/07/2009

To learn English as a second language read the newspaper and listen to the news carefully.

      Sayra Khan, Student, ESL  Delhi, India and USA  08/31/2009

Never give up trying. If you don't succeed at first,try again. Always believe in yourself, and you will see how you can go places.

      Christina Fast, Student, 10  Orleans , Ontario, Canada  12/02/2009

Here is what I do when, for example, I study Human Resource Management. I use a size A4 sheet of paper (about US 8.5" by 11"). I write HRM in a circle in the center. Then I draw a line from the center for each chapter and write the name of the chapter on its line. Then for each chapter I draw 10 lines and write an important point on each. Then itís very easy to visualize the whole subject.

      Anbalagan K, Parent, Degree  Singapore, Singapore  10/20/2009

To make studying more interesting, I sit in front of the computer and surf the Internet on the topic or check on the topic in encyclopedias like Britannica & Encarta. It makes the topic feel more interesting & fascinating.

      Sumaiyah Najib, Student, 8  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  06/04/2009

I don't worry about selling back my textbooks. That way I can mark them to help me understand and remember the information. I can also go back and review them to help with other classes.

      Cassandra Richardson, Student, College Sophomore  New York, New York, USA  04/03/2009

To be honest I get bored when I study. That's why I study with my best friend. She's in most of my same classes. We have fun when we study and try to turn things into learning games. We keep each other going. The time goes fast and I learn a lot. Oh yeah - she's very smart.

      Donna L, Student, Grade 7  Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA  06/03/2009

Just 4 golden rules- 1. Write on white paper what you forget easily and paste it on a wall with tape. It will not take much time. I have over 100 papers stuck onto my walls 2. Focus your work on the syllabus 3. Make some short-term goals. 4. Do what your goals require.

      Chiranjiv Kumar, Student, 12 Commerce  Bathinda, India  04/05/2009

When you sit down to do your homework, make sure you have everything you need so you don't need to get up for extra supplies.

      C George, Teacher, 6  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  09/28/2009

To create a good Study Environment:[1] Find a place to study and keep it for study only.[2] Tool-up the environment with all study needs.[3] Control the noise level and the visual environment at acceptable levels.[4] Avoid relaxing while working; create a work atmosphere.

      Sharath Babu, Student, B.E.  Bangalore, India  07/13/2009

I make lots of note cards. I write important information and go over them a lot. Sometimes, my mother sits with me and asks me questions about the information on the cards. If I don't know, I go back to my textbooks to learn it.

      Jose Ramos, Student, Grade 9  Austin, Texas, USA  03/21/2009

First, you have to identify the topic which you have to read about. Then start reading. You will then learn what you need to learn.

      Sahil Khan, Student, MBA  Kolkata, India  09/03/2009

Don't put off today's work for tomorrow. You never know for sure what tomorrow will bring.

      Chochi P.C, Student, 3  Polokwane, South Africa  04/30/2009

Remember to look over your notes before you do an assignment; it really helps me when dealing with hard homework problems.

      Rafay Syed, Student, 10th Grade  Madison, Alabama, USA  10/03/2009

I study at night on the Internet site my online university provides. I make printouts of my tasks to review during my free times.

      Reynaldo Aquino, Student, College  Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  12/20/2009

This is how I make sure I concentrate when I study. As soon as I sit to study, I draw a square on a sheet of white paper. I say to myself what I am going to do - read 30 pages for example. My mind does wander when I study. Every time it does, I put a dot in the square and write the thought that distracted me. I try to get less dots each time I study.

      Vijay Anand, Student  Chennai, India  10/11/2009

I compare my class notes with my friends' notes sometime after class. We all can fill in anything we missed in class and make our notes much better. Don't get lazy though and depend on your friends. Take good notes yourself. Also get notes from your friends when you miss class.

      William (Bill) Andino, Student, Secondary 11  Nashville, Tennessee, USA  07/02/2009

It's important to attend each and every lecture so as to have a visual memory of the topics. This way when you study them again, the topics will be in your mind

      Puneet Patel, Student, BE  Bhopal, India  07/20/2009

When I work on math problems, I write each step as I do it. This makes me think carefully about what I am doing. If the answer doesn't seem right I can can back through the steps I wrote to see where I went off.

      Alexandra Lowell, Student, 8th grade  Richmond, Virginia, USA  06/19/2009

Begin to study your lessons at least one week before a test or exam. Be sure to concentrate!

      Patricia Catherine, Student, 8th std  Bangalore, India  09/29/2009

Read all the time.

      Sunaiyah Baimad, Student, University  Shanghai, China  07/30/2009

I usually study anywhere in my home. Before studying any subject, think of questions related to the topic. Think about why the topic is important, why we are studying it, and what are its general applications.

      Rachit Sharma, Student, B.Tech  Jaipur, India  07/13/2009

I always try to follow my study schedule. When I really do this, I am very happy.

      Lidya M, Student, 5th grade  Staten Island (Great Kills, New York)  08/26/2009

First of all organize yourself.Then if you want to learn a chapter just concentrate on the chapter and nothing else.

      dhruv p, Student, grade 8  Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  05/22/2009

When you choose a college major, pay attention to your interests, skills, and abilities. Go with your strengths. Also pay attention to trends in the job market. Look for areas that are steady or growing. Keep in mind that some career areas may require you to do graduate work.

      Matt T., Other, College Counselor  Los Angeles, California, USA  02/04/2009

Do not think about doing something. Just do it! Do not think about when you should start. Get started!

      Sohail Farooqui, Student, Graduate  Karachi, Pakistan  09/25/2009

I'm a firm believer in there's a place for everything and everything in its place. I'm not OCD, but I am super organized. I don't want to waste study time looking for the materials I need. I use shelves and drawers, and keep things that go together next to each other. For example, I have several history resource books of my own plus my text and they are next to each other on a shelf. Doing this has worked for me through high school and now in college.

      Florence Antonelli, Student, College  Knoxville, Tennessee, USA  07/23/2009

When a teacher talks very fast in class, I leave blank spaces in my notes when I can't get something down fast enough. I don't want to stop because then I'll miss what's next. Then after class I check with other students to fill in the blanks.

      Ivannia Torres, Student, 10  Corpus Christi, Texas, USA  11/22/2009

Don't study too much at a time, or else you might forget what you learnt.

      Marian Abhiroop, Student, 2009  Forest Park, New York, USA  03/01/2009

Write down questions. I try to make questions about the subject I want to learn. These questions will help me to formulate answers. That is a great way to master a subject.

      Jaap B, Teacher, high  Alkmaar, Netherlands  10/15/2009

Don`t ever think about what happens around you. Just focus on yourself and your future.

      Sarah Ettarrass, Student, 1  Casablanca, Morocco  09/25/2009

If I feel that I'm procrastinating too much, I just sit down, take some deep breaths, and begin to write a detailed schedule of what I'm going to do and when I'm going to do it. It helps a lot and after every task I feel satisfied once I cross it out as completed. Between long tasks I take a 5 minute break.

      Keki P, Student, 7  Zagreb, Croatia  10/11/2009

Always study something over and over.

      Alexeonna Wrong, Student, 3  St.Matthews, South Carolina  10/15/2009

Assume that studying at home is like a job. Give it your full concentration. Get the counsel of a more experienced student when needed. If you lose your concentration, try listening to light classical music for 15 minutes to get your mood right.

      Daniel Nadeem Akram, Student  California and Delhi  04/28/2009

Use the glossary in your textbooks. The words are defined in the way they are used in the subject you're studying.

      Lance Stewart, Student, Middle School  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA  08/03/2009

Don't get bogged down or disturbed by other students when you are in class. Focus yourself so that only the teacher and the study materials are visible to you

      Arsalan Ahmed, Student, 9th grade  Karachi, Pakistan  05/02/2009

I kept finding that I got a headache after I studied for about an hour. I put in a stronger bulb for my desk lamp and that was it. No more headaches. So check to see you have enough light so you don't strain your eyes. Or maybe you need glasses or need to check whether your glasses are right.

      Ivannia Castillo, Student, High School  Amarillo, Texas, USA  01/07/2009

Find a comfortable area, preferably one with a desk that provides space for materials, books and other necessary items. The chair should provide adequate comfort and height for the desk. Another criterion to consider for a suitable place is one that limits distractions (i.e. not near the phone, kitchen, family room, etc.) I find that as little stimuli as possible allows me much better concentration.

      Bettye Thomas-Carpenter, Student, Freshman  Augusta, Georgia, USA  05/05/2009

Commit to studying those subjects which you think are difficult for you. Always take notes during class discussions.

      Ritchie T, Student, 1st  Cebu, Philippines  11/17/2009

I go over my textbooks at the start of the semester. I look at the table of contents and then I see the subjects listed in the index. I skim through the book to see if there are things that can help like definitions and things to think about. I also look at the end of chapters to see if there are questions. Doing all this gives me a good idea of what to expect in the class and I feel ready to go.

      Lucinda Robinson, Student, Grade 10  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA  07/08/2009

First of all, before studying think of a glorious scene such as sitting on the beach and water falling on your head. Then feel the wave of refreshment in your body and especially mind. Continue this for at least 2 minutes and then you are ready for any sort of hard studies.

      Mohammad Rafay Dar, Student, O-level  Lahore, Pakistan  02/15/2009

Never procrastinate. If you do, you won't be able to turn in work and you'll get bad grades.

      Zack Edwards, Student, 10  South Ogden, Utah, USA  10/08/2009

Organization is the key. Make sure you know where your study materials are. You don't want to waste time searching for things when you need them. Also - put things back in their place when done.

      Heather Thornton, Student, HS Senior  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA  03/04/2009

When I study or am taking a test I chew on peppermint gum. I was once told by an eighth grade teacher that the mint stimulates something in your brain to help you remember.

      Bridgett Allen, Student, junior  Forks, Washington, USA  10/02/2009

I believe that the environment sets a study mood if it's a good one. I change things in my study place every once in a while to keep it looking fresh. My mind is fresh when I'm in a relaxing environment. I get tired of the same old things. So just think about what having a different mood each day will be like.

      Sharon Esser, Student  Washington, North Carolina, USA  11/03/2009

The way I remember what new vocabulary words mean is to try to associate the word with something in my own life. Here's an example. When I learned about thermostat in a science class, I thought about how my mom always tells my dad he keeps the thermostat too low. That way I remember that a thermostat is something that regulates temperature.

      Rachel W, Student, High School  Jersey City, New Jersey, USA  09/21/2009

Whenever you study make sure it is quiet and you can focus entirely on what your doing. Also, when you have a big test coming up try to study a little bit each day, rather than coming home from your date Thursday at 12 and remembering you have a huge biology test the next day!

      Bethany Monroe, Student, 10th grade  Raleigh, North Carolina  10/15/2009

My mum always tells me to 1) Work Hard, 2) Study Hard, and 3) Play Hard. With that I managed to pass my Primary School Leaving Examination with flying colours and get to my dream school.

      Amelina Mirza, Student, Secondary 1  Singapore, Singapore  03/09/2009

Don't neglect short periods of time you have during the day. It would help to study then.

      Harsha A., Student  Bengaluru, India  01/16/2009

I videotape myself or audio record myself reading my notes. Then in my free time or before I go to sleep, I just look at the video or listen to my voice on the tape. This helps me remember what I just covered when I was studying. You should plan your time effectively, because if you fail to plan, you planned to fail.

      James Banda Jr., Student, secondary school  Bobonong, Botswana  08/12/2009

A good study tip is to make flash cards. Just the fact that you have to rewrite your notes helps you study. I used to use this writing-down trick when I was learning my lines for a play. It always worked. Also flashcards are an excellent way to study because once you know most of them, you can subtract the ones you know. Then you can focus more intently on the things you don't know. I'm an LD Student and I have been getting excellent grades using this trick and many others.

      Katrina Gail, Student, 9th  Brooklyn, New York, USA  12/18/2009

When I study, I turn off things that might distract me such as my cell phone and computer. I usually listen to classical music.

      Trisha Clarissa, Student, 11  Jakarta, Indonesia  07/11/2009

If you really want to study, find a place at home where it is really quiet. Never bring over friends who would distract you. The room should have at least one window as some cool air will help. For me, the best way I learn is after 11.30 pm when everybody is asleep. Then it is quiet everywhere and I can concentrate more. If you study during the day and your parents keep checking on you, I would recommend you go to your local library. This is a place where for sure nobody will annoy you.

      Radha Chamburn, Student, A  Moka, Mauritius  09/07/2009

I make a a song about the information I have to learn and then I sing it.

      Phebe M, Student, 8th  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA  11/10/2009

If you want to be a perfect and brilliant student, study smart. Do not force yourself to learn something or study something. Just relax for a while, wash your face, and than listen to your favorite music while studying.

      Dheric Britian Steert, Student, 6th year  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  06/25/2009

As a Language and Public Speaking Coach, I have found that unless a student focuses on his or her purpose for studying, little is achieved. Ask yourself: "What is my purpose?" Firmly place in your mind the following: "I must understand this particular topic better." Such conscious affirmation minimizes distraction and increases the motivation to study. (56 words)

      Lucy Arthur, English & Public Speaking Coach  La Florissante, Trinidad and Tobago  06/30/2009

Try to write neatly on an essay test. If your teacher has trouble reading your handwriting, he may not understand what you are trying to say and you'll lose points.

      Regina Hawthorne, Student, HS sophomore  Fort Worth, Texas, USA  11/28/2009

I always set a target for myself for the next day. I write it down on the piece of paper. For example: The first three assignments must be done by the end of tomorrow. I always write down what I want to achieve in the future... and I always get it done right!

      Fez Amj, Student, BA Degree  London, England  07/30/2009

If we study with concentration and racing forward to a goal,we can obtain our supreme success.

      Sri S., Student, 2009  Chennai, India  03/24/2009

Math has always been hard for me. I'm in algebra now. I'm real careful to copy down ALL the steps my teacher uses when she shows us how to solve a problem. Miss one step and you'll be lost later. Also, don't just try to memorize formulas. You have to understand them and practice using them.

      Chris Amberton, Student, High School  Louisville, Kentucky, USA  12/11/2009

First of all, read carefully. Try to understand what the topic is about. Think about it until you realize the gist of the information. Try to remember it from time to time. If necessary, write it down. Converse about the topic with friends or others.

      Oviee Saleh, Student, University  Dhaka, Bangladesh  09/02/2009

I put playing to the side and study or do homework.

      Robert G., Student, 5th Grade  Big Spring , Texas, USA  02/25/2009

Always be cool and relaxed. Ask your teachers about your doubts then and there. Don't keep problems in your mind. If you have any problems express them to your parents and teachers. Try to understand meanings and concepts as you study. If you are weak in any subject, spend one hour daily on that subject. If you come across any new word, immediately use a dictionary to find out the meaning.

      Venkateswaran R, Student, 11th standard  Coimbatore, India  11/03/2009

If you have questions and you really don't understand something, ask your teacher to help you individually on any day that you both have time.

      Chanin Scott, Student, 6th grade  Charlotte, North Carolina  10/14/2009

Use context clues to understand what you read.

      Banu Bulat, Parent, Grade 5  Ankara, Turkey  11/12/2009

Study for 30 minutes, take a 15 minute break, then study some more if desired. It's proven that you cannot clearly remember or stay readily focused for longer than 30 minutes, so why waste your time when you won't remember the information? Remember: it's not how long you study.. it's the information you remember. If you read for half an hour and remember half the information, it is better than reading for an hour and remembering nothing.

      Rebecca P, Student, High School Freshman   Ontario, Canada  08/09/2009

I don't try to be the first one to finish when I take a test. It's not like it's a race. If I try to finish ahead of other students, I panic and I get sloppy. Sometimes in my class one student finishes and then it's like everybody starts to finish at the same time, like when popcorn starts to pop in the microwave. I just take as much time as I need. I usually do good.

      Horacio Torrealba, Student, 10th grader  Savannah, Georgia, USA  05/29/2009

The only reason you can't do it is because you tell yourself you can't.

      Shunta M, Other, Post Grad  Orlando, Florida, USA  12/21/2009

When I have to learn a new word I write it and what it means in the back of my notebook. Then I make sure to use the word at least 7 times in the next week. I put a check next to the word each time I use it to be sure.

      Felipe M, Student, Secondary  Mexico City, Mexico  08/22/2009

Don't sit around worrying about the work you have to do. Get on with it! If you worry about it, you'll get nervous and then make dumb mistakes. You'll feel better when you get it done right.

      Jodie Tessler, Student, 9th Grade  Carson City, Nevada, USA  03/06/2009

Don't just start to study. Plan what you will study. If you don't, you will waste much of your time just sitting around figuring out what to do. Know what you want to do, have your stuff ready, and GET GOING.

      Roberto Hermeida, Student, 10th  Des Moines, Iowa, USA  01/10/2009

Make note cards for the material you must learn. Rewrite your note cards, using fewer words until you are down to just a couple of cards. In this way you have the most important material.

      Mary Nelson, Teacher, Middle-high  Greenwich, Connecticut, USA  03/07/2009

Whatever you study, please study with all your heart. Always when you study never leave behind doubts. Note down the doubts on a piece of paper and stick it on the wall so that you can ask your teacher the next day!

      Angela Mariyam, Student, 12  Dxb, United Arab Emirates  02/05/2009

When I study, I try to ignore or avoid distractions. That way, my mind is clear to accept the one thing I am studying.

      Jasmine Ligacion, Student, Grade 6  Brampton, Ontario, Canada  03/21/2009

Study in the early morning. Concentrate when studying and write important points after learning them. Recall the points before going to bed.

      Marupalli Sreenivas, Student, B.Tech  Kapu Umilada, India  12/30/2009

Take the most important information from each paragraph and write it down. If you write down symbols or doodle in the margins it helps you recall the information when you need it. I have actually sat down to take a test and could not recall any of the subject matter because of experiencing test anxiety. Once I calmed down and closed my eyes, I was able to visualize my notes along with the symbols and doodling. I actually made an A on that test!

      Elizabeth Webb, Counselor  Galax, Virginia, USA  02/18/2009

I keep an ongoing list of the things I have to do for school. I write the things I absolutely MUST do in red. I put a check and the date next to something when I do it. I used to cross them out but this way I can go back and see what I did. If I write something but then don't have to do it, then I cross it out. So far I haven't crossed out anything I wrote in red.

      Armando Lopez, Student, high school  Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  05/11/2009

Listen to what your teacher says in class, not to students who are talking when they shouldn't. What they say won't be on the test. But listen to the other students if the teacher wants the class to talk about what you are learning.

      Randall W, Student, 5th grader  Reno, Nevada, USA  05/18/2009

The vocabulary in my science courses is pretty technical. Here's something I came up with. When I have to learn a new word or term, I Google it. I read articles that come up that include the word. This gives me practice with the word and I get to understand it better and the ways it's used. And here's the best part - it's fun. I learn some incredible things.

      William Jenkins, Student, High School junior  San Rafael, California, USA  06/02/2009

When I get graded work back from my teacher, I make sure I don't make the same mistakes the next time. That's why we have the saying to learn from our mistakes.

      Amol Waghmode, Student, F.Y.B.C.A  Indapur, India  02/27/2009

What I like to do to help me study is to repeat the same things over and over.

      Brandon Bulaclac, Student, 9th Grade, Archbishop Murphy High School  Edmonds, Washington, USA  03/26/2009

Studying is easier when it is just review. Listen in class and learn as much as you can. Set goals for yourself such as learning one chapter and then take a break. Believe in yourself and you will achieve!

      D. F., Student, 11  Dallas, Texas, USA  02/04/2009

If you read a word and you do not know the meaning, write it in a book called the word bank book. Write the meaning beside the word that you don't know. And study the words and meanings often.

      Kathy Evans, Student, Primary 6  Singapore, Singapore  05/22/2009

I make a song about what I have to know when I study. When I sing the song it makes study like play.

      Isha Bharti, Student, 1  Meerut Cantt, India  12/12/2009

I practice my handwriting every day so my writing is neat when I take a test. Then my teacher can read what I write and I get a better grade.

      Ramona L, Student, 8th Grade  Boston, Massachusetts, USA  04/20/2009

When you cannot focus on studying, try do some simple exercises, take a walk, listen to music...You will feel better and then you can go back to studying.

      Wong Chiang Ann, Student, secondary lower 6  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  05/23/2009

Never Never Never give up!!! However difficult the task try to complete it!!!

      Aparna Panguluri, Student, 12th Standard  Hyderabad, India  03/25/2009

Self-confidece is a key to doing better on a test. Having a little treat for yourself at the end of a study session can be the key to not procrastinating.

      Ethan Passiment, Student, 7  Toms River, New Jersey, USA  11/24/2009

All you need to have a good score on a test is to understand the concepts and practice them in daily life.

      Ilafi Bestari, Student, 12  Indonesia  12/20/2009

I personally love flashcards when it comes to studying. However, lately it's been hard for me to carry them around because I travel so often. You can find amazing websites where you can make all of your own flashcards and store them online. I open one browser with the flashcards and skip between that and writing emails. It makes studying pretty easy for my busy life!

      Nicole Ye, Student, Syracuse University  Syracuse, New York, USA  02/10/2009

Try taking notes in class everyday. So when it's time to study, you don't need to cram all night.

      Jasmine Ligacion, Student, Grade 6, 2008  Brampton, Ontario, Canada  03/26/2009

When I study I read over all my notes. Once I'm done I think of the main things I need to remember. I write questions on cards and put the answers on the back. That way I can ask myself questions and see if I get the answers right. It is almost as if you are taking the test.

      Shae A., Student, 8  Saskatchawan, Canada  03/25/2009

The best way to learn is to help your fellow classmates, friends and siblings in their studies, especially if it is the same subject and/or topic. You will find new concepts you wouldn't have thought about before and that way you will do more research and will try to understand a topic more and in a better way.

      Obaid Ullah Muhammad, Student, Undergrad  Karachi, Pakistan  12/27/2009

At the start of a new course, devote a blank page in your notebook to the major subjects of the course, which you write in throughout the semester. By the end of the semester, you should have a list of around five things that make up about 60-80% of the final exam.

      Hilda H., Student, 2nd year college  Reykjavik, Iceland  05/07/2009

When I take notes I always rewrite them. I also add things as I go, especially from the readings I feel are important. This helps me remember things better and as I look things up in the text and add notes, it brings a deeper understanding of the material.

      Linda Shelton, Student, entry in RN prog.  Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA  08/24/2009

Sit at a table by yourself and make sure it's quiet so you can concentrate. Make sure the tv is OFF!

      Candace R, Student, 9  Sydney , Nova Scotia, Canada  10/19/2009

When you're in the middle of a test and you start to stress out, stop, put your feet firmly on the ground, stand up straight, and take a deep breath. It will release you from stress.

      Day R, Student, 7  West Palm Beach, Florida, USA  12/08/2009

Study hard the night before and read over everything to make sure that you understand the material.

      Dzire Veal, Student, 1  Lithiona, Georgia  08/13/2009

When studying at the library we all know it can get pretty loud these days. I carry ear plugs with me to the library. They help so much, and if I need to whisper, I can hear myself.

      Lisa W, Student, 2nd year Bachelor of Science  Houston, Texas, USA  05/26/2009

Reading out loud as you study can help you to focus on the information.

      Nicole H, Student, 12  Melbourne, Australia  10/18/2009

I learned to Be Prepared when I was a boy scout. I learned this again when I almost flunked out of college my first year. Unless I prepared for a class, I got nothing out of going to class. Read what you have to before class so what your professor says in class makes sense.

      Scott Thornton, Student  East Lansing, Michigan, USA  02/28/2009

When the work seems tough, believe that you can. Take a break and get back at it. You will be surprised.

      Marsha Jarvis, Student, AAS  Balandra, Trinidad and Tobago  09/22/2009