Sooner or later the realization hits one that studying is an essential element in achieving the lifestyle and self-satisfaction that we desire. The fortunate few recognize that early on and develop good study skills in high school which help them accumulate good grades and the opportunity to attend a college to their liking. Most young people are far too busy with other ambitions and give studies only the amount of time necessary to accomplish and learn what is necessary in any given class to get an acceptable grade.
A reasonably intelligent teen that has learned to read and write competently during the elementary grades can usually learn what is asked of them in high school today by being attentive in class and doing a relatively small amount of study outside of class. Term papers, special research projects and final semester exams are the main academic pressure points that challenge today's high school students. It is understandable, therefore, that when these same young people decide to continue their education and enroll at a college of their choice, they find out rather quickly that they are going to have to work harder at this study thing than they ever have before.
I. Before You Begin
II. Designing a Plan
III. Working Your Plan
IV. What About Class Time?
V. The Art of Effective Study
VI. Exam Time?...Already?!
VII. Taking Exams
VIII. Navigating the Library (After You Have Found the Building)
IX. Researching Online
X. Writing Term Papers and Reports
XI. A Speech!...I Can't Give a Speech!
XII. Seek Help When Needed
XIII. Now What?
The fact that you have found your way to this website indicates that you may be interested in finding a way to develop an overall system of learning and a personal philosophy for study that will allow you to be successful in whatever type of study looms before you. The principles and ideas presented here are meant to be general study helps that can be applied whether you are a high school student wishing to improve learning skills and prepare for college, a college student needing help in attacking the load of work facing you, or an employee needing to improve study habits to improve or excel on the job and prepare for advancement.
For many people, the realization that they are woefully unprepared to master the learning challenges before them brings on an overwhelming paralysis that must be overcome. For those who see the challenge looming in the distance, procrastination has a way of rearing its ugly head and imploring them to put off getting to work and finding ways to learn faster and more effectively. You have taken that first step. It's time to get to work. Improving one's ability to learn and to learn faster requires a commitment to a long on-going process and most likely changing the way that many seemingly little things are done that will eventually result in very meaningful results. Are you ready for it?
Last Updated: 08/20/2013