Some people fool themselves in high school and skid by doing the bare minimum required to make their grades. The interesting thing is that your success in college depends far less on how easy it was to make grades in high school, and more on how much you challenge yourself and how well you’ve learned to study. These are a few tips to get you started.
- Practice a cram-free life. Last minute project completion and test preparation are not good habits. Plan ahead so you walk into a test well prepared or have time to review your assignments before turning them in.
- Set aside short periods of study time more frequently and stick to them. It’s easier to concentrate when you split up study time rather than doing a marathon.
- Tackle your toughest subjects first when your mind is fresh.
- Read the textbook, even if you have good notes. In college, you’ll need to be able to pick up on important points from the books because your class time notes won’t be enough to cover everything you need to learn.
- You will notice in college that all your tests fall in the same one- to two-week period. In high school, teachers often communicate and spread tests out. That won’t happen in college, which is why it is important to practice the good habits of staying on top of homework and studying for exams.