How to study when all study techniques have failed you?

How to study when all study techniques have failed you? Topic: How to study when all study techniques have failed you?
June 27, 2019 / By Abia
Question: Frazzled student here. I was assigned a two chapter study assignment in my economics class. I am crawling through my studies at a painfully slow rate. I am having an exremely rough time trying to wrap my head around these concepts... I have made flashcards, cornell notes, and regular sentence notes. I even googled additional sources and interacted with the software included with the textbook package (Practice tests, etc.) And as I attempt these tests, I fail them, after dedicating a whole day to my studies... What should I do next? Should I just throw in the towel and drop my class? Or should I request a tutor? What are some study techniques that helped you when you couldn't understand ANYTHING? Thanks for your time. Kelly
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Stevie Stevie | 4 days ago
1. Take notes on everything. For most courses in middle school and high school and junior/community college, most of what is on the tests and homework will be discussed in class. If your teacher draws a diagram on the board, copy that down - it can help you remember the information. Don't just copy what they write on the board either; take extensive notes on everything. 2. Calculate how much of your grade a project is worth. Prioritize. You won't get a high score if you don't aim for one. Some schools have an online place where you can check your grades whenever you want (PupilPath). Utilize this and make sure that you have a username and password from your teacher. 3. Homework comes first over everything else: set yourself goals and make sure you reach them before you go out and party. Social life is important too, but make sure your work comes first. But don't become a social outcast because that is as unhealthy as bad grades. Keep the grades up and have a social life. When you get a bad grade, just think that you can still bring it up in the future, so don't worry. Try to do your best, and most importantly: ask a teacher for help if you need it! You don't need to worry because things can only get better. 4. With tests, take the notes and make a study guide. Look in the textbook and add anything not in your notes. Do not omit anything. When taking tests, relax. If you're fidgety, or worried that you'll fail the test, you're sure to get a low score. If you studied for it long enough that you know the information, then you shouldn't be worried about getting a low grade. 5. Write good legible notes. Colored pens are fun to write with if you want to get more creative with your notes, but use them only for sections of your notes that you feel will be on a test or that are important. It makes them stand out. Use highlighters if there's something you need to find easily flipping through your notes, but don't highlight too much text or it destroys the point. 6. Try to do your homework immediately after school. Time management is essential. If you're given an assignment that's due next week, don't procrastinate; get started the same day you get the assignment. Always do your homework! This can't be stressed enough. It's so easy to forget or to just put it off. Get a calender system for your computer to remind you a few days before the homework is due. If you have trouble remembering it, use a notebook to write it down everyday, right after the teacher assigns it. Homework counts for a large portion of your grade. If your teacher has any extra credit assignments, do them! It won't hurt if you try it out. Even if you get some wrong, have confidence that your teachers will still give you some points back. 7. Stay organized. A lot of people say this but it really does help. Organizing your locker helps you remember to bring your supplies to class and to your house to do your homework or studying. Organizing your notes will make them much easier to understand later on. Keep your desk/study space tidy, and make sure you have a clean, quiet place to study and do homework that is withdrawn from the main part of the house and from noise. 8. Get good sleep. You need sleep in order to stay focused, and without it, you will have a hard time staying on task and you will forget what you just learned. Get lots of sleep and always eat a good breakfast. The breakfast will help you stay focused along with the sleep. 9. Ask your teacher if you don't understand something. It doesn't have to be a complex question - your teacher is always happy to help you. Ask after class or in an e-mail for assistance. Some people seem to think that you are stupid if you ask questions, but ignore them. Asking questions will improve your grades and help your understanding. 10. Invent a fun way to study. Don't study all in one night; study a bit each night. Your brain cannot take in so much information all at once. Make flash cards, have a friend over, or join an after-school homework club if you can for help from a teacher or a friend from the same class. You can type up your notes if it makes it easier to read. Do as much as possible to make sure you know the material. 11. Have good relationships with the teachers. They may give you a 90 instead of a 92 if you are mean, don't pay attention, or don't listen to their advice. 12. Plan ahead. Most students hear about a project or big homework assignment and always rush through it the night before it is due. Always plan the assignment beforehand. Always get the assignment finished at least 1 whole day before it is due.
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Stevie Originally Answered: How to study when all study techniques have failed you?
1. Take notes on everything. For most courses in middle school and high school and junior/community college, most of what is on the tests and homework will be discussed in class. If your teacher draws a diagram on the board, copy that down - it can help you remember the information. Don't just copy what they write on the board either; take extensive notes on everything. 2. Calculate how much of your grade a project is worth. Prioritize. You won't get a high score if you don't aim for one. Some schools have an online place where you can check your grades whenever you want (PupilPath). Utilize this and make sure that you have a username and password from your teacher. 3. Homework comes first over everything else: set yourself goals and make sure you reach them before you go out and party. Social life is important too, but make sure your work comes first. But don't become a social outcast because that is as unhealthy as bad grades. Keep the grades up and have a social life. When you get a bad grade, just think that you can still bring it up in the future, so don't worry. Try to do your best, and most importantly: ask a teacher for help if you need it! You don't need to worry because things can only get better. 4. With tests, take the notes and make a study guide. Look in the textbook and add anything not in your notes. Do not omit anything. When taking tests, relax. If you're fidgety, or worried that you'll fail the test, you're sure to get a low score. If you studied for it long enough that you know the information, then you shouldn't be worried about getting a low grade. 5. Write good legible notes. Colored pens are fun to write with if you want to get more creative with your notes, but use them only for sections of your notes that you feel will be on a test or that are important. It makes them stand out. Use highlighters if there's something you need to find easily flipping through your notes, but don't highlight too much text or it destroys the point. 6. Try to do your homework immediately after school. Time management is essential. If you're given an assignment that's due next week, don't procrastinate; get started the same day you get the assignment. Always do your homework! This can't be stressed enough. It's so easy to forget or to just put it off. Get a calender system for your computer to remind you a few days before the homework is due. If you have trouble remembering it, use a notebook to write it down everyday, right after the teacher assigns it. Homework counts for a large portion of your grade. If your teacher has any extra credit assignments, do them! It won't hurt if you try it out. Even if you get some wrong, have confidence that your teachers will still give you some points back. 7. Stay organized. A lot of people say this but it really does help. Organizing your locker helps you remember to bring your supplies to class and to your house to do your homework or studying. Organizing your notes will make them much easier to understand later on. Keep your desk/study space tidy, and make sure you have a clean, quiet place to study and do homework that is withdrawn from the main part of the house and from noise. 8. Get good sleep. You need sleep in order to stay focused, and without it, you will have a hard time staying on task and you will forget what you just learned. Get lots of sleep and always eat a good breakfast. The breakfast will help you stay focused along with the sleep. 9. Ask your teacher if you don't understand something. It doesn't have to be a complex question - your teacher is always happy to help you. Ask after class or in an e-mail for assistance. Some people seem to think that you are stupid if you ask questions, but ignore them. Asking questions will improve your grades and help your understanding. 10. Invent a fun way to study. Don't study all in one night; study a bit each night. Your brain cannot take in so much information all at once. Make flash cards, have a friend over, or join an after-school homework club if you can for help from a teacher or a friend from the same class. You can type up your notes if it makes it easier to read. Do as much as possible to make sure you know the material. 11. Have good relationships with the teachers. They may give you a 90 instead of a 92 if you are mean, don't pay attention, or don't listen to their advice. 12. Plan ahead. Most students hear about a project or big homework assignment and always rush through it the night before it is due. Always plan the assignment beforehand. Always get the assignment finished at least 1 whole day before it is due.
Stevie Originally Answered: How to study when all study techniques have failed you?
Try to explain the concepts to someone else (pick someone who is patient and who won't mind you explaining boring economics principles to them). It works wonders. As you try to explain, you will realize where the holes in your understanding are, and then you can go look at exactly what your notes say about that concept, or if they aren't in your notes/book, write down specific questions to ask your teacher. Once your teacher (or your book, or your notes) answers those questions for you, try to explain the concepts to someone again. If you find more holes in your knowledge, ask more questions! If you can explain all your concepts thoroughly without finding holes in your knowledge, then you should know enough to pass any test.

Paise Paise
Try to explain the concepts to someone else (pick someone who is patient and who won't mind you explaining boring economics principles to them). It works wonders. As you try to explain, you will realize where the holes in your understanding are, and then you can go look at exactly what your notes say about that concept, or if they aren't in your notes/book, write down specific questions to ask your teacher. Once your teacher (or your book, or your notes) answers those questions for you, try to explain the concepts to someone again. If you find more holes in your knowledge, ask more questions! If you can explain all your concepts thoroughly without finding holes in your knowledge, then you should know enough to pass any test.
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Lindsey Lindsey
Sometimes relaxing is the answer. Try not to worry, and take it slow. I usually learn a small portion, asses myself, then move on to the next portion. Then I asses myself on everything together.
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