Good Habits
Good Habits
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Maximize your productivity and results by following these simple rules:

 

1] Everyday write down the key points you learned from each lesson onto a cue card. This helps your mind to retain the day's important facts. On the weekends look over the cue cards. Get your parents or friends to quiz you on them.
 
2] Learn how to make mind maps, cluster maps, power-points and other memory aids. Mind maps are graphical illustrations of a subject and a great memory tool to use, especially during exams. These tools are great for flash-carding and memory-retrieving.
 
3] Don't do rough drafts for essays. Just do the good copy straight away, but thoroughly as well. In an exam situation you won't have time to write out a whole draft copy, so practice writing out good copies straight away.
 
4] Make a timetable for exam days by marking the dates on a calendar, so you can be prepared by the time the test comes around.
 
5] Make a list of your classes and the topics covered in class. As you study a topic, mark it in a way that is meaningful to you, to remind you which topics have already been studied.
 
6] Set aside a study time each day when you are not too tired, or too hungry. If you are going to study for a long time, remember to take a break in between.
 
7] Set up a study group. Study groups share notes, thoughts and ideas or how to solve or understand a particular problem. Be sure to honor the class rules on what work may or may not be done in groups.
 
8] Plan out 'trial' exams for yourself. All you have to do is redo one of your past tests or quizzes within a time limit. Get into the exam mode by clearing your work desk of everything except your paper and pen.
 
9] Get enough sleep at night. It's harder to concentrate when you got less than six hours of sleep the night before.
 
10] When choosing individual subjects to study, start with the least enjoyable or the most difficult subject. Master it, and you'll end up loving it. At the very least, you won't have to worry about putting it off until it's too late because you don't like it.
 
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