Help Your Teen Improve School Grades
Is your teen's busy social and extracurricular life interfering with his or her studies? Get your student back on track with these tips to maximize studying success.
"The 5 effective and efficient steps I have developed, including visualization and the development of a strong sense of self, are guaranteed to help students reach their highest potential," says Victoria Bullis, a wellness expert and former elementary teacher.
1. Sleep on It
After a long day of learning and note taking, go home and relax. Change it up! Take an hour for yourself. Thereafter, you will be more efficient and absorb more information. Review and organize your notes before going to bed. By doing this, your subconscious will absorb the information and store it to memory for the following day.
2. Collaborative Learning
Collaborative learning is a team process where students studying the same subject support upon one another. Keep in teams of three to five students; the bigger the group, the more difficulty in getting everyone involved. Each member of the group empowers the other to speak and contribute as well as increase options for problem solving and expanding knowledge of the subject.
3. Create Review Tools
Flashcards will enable you to test not only your ability to recognize important information, but also your ability to retrieve information. This method is ideal for definitions, formulas and lists. Put the topic on one side of the card and the answer on the other. Perfect for students on the run. Create an audiotape of the material to review on the go.
4. Positive Attitude
Life is always measured as being half empty or half full. Learn with an open mind and do away with the half-empty attitude. Students view homework, tests and studying with a negative attitude. However, succeeding in these areas will bring you one step closer to your career.
5. Study Smart, Eat Smart
The saying "you are what you eat" holds truth. A night before an exam, don't pig out on junk food. Too much sugar can cloud the brain and cause you to feel sluggish on test day. Fish may not rank highly with teenagers, but fuel up! Loaded with vitamins that are good for the brain, it's a perfect dinner for the night before the exam.
Using the memory effectively and efficiently will create a better foundation for knowledge. Bullis emphasizes the importance of avoiding the bad habit of procrastinating or cramming the night before the exam. In making the grade, she encourages students to utilize all the educational resources throughout the school year and not just during exam crunch time.