Students who don’t ace tests are often labelled as lazy or inattentive. If you aren’t doing well inschool, or are struggling, then don’t dismiss yourself as dumb, or the teachers as useless – it may be a variety of subtle things that are drawing potential away from your learning.
Make things more interesting for you and you will start learning more effectively. Simple things, like learning to listen, taking notes and being more organized can maximize your learning potential more than you’d ever imagine.
Figure out which learning styles work best for you. The basics are learning byseeing, doing, and hearing. Think back on something you remember well from class; was it a hands-on activity? Did the teacher give you a detailed essay? Were you given a handout? Once you know how you learn it can be done better. There are also tests available on the internet to determine your learning style.
Benefit by doing. Hands-on activities are great, as they stick in your memory and help you more:
Rid yourself of distractions while learning. Cell phones, music, and your chatty partner distract you from your instructor. Sit in a suitable place, as classes are for concentrating, not talking to your friends. Keep valuables in a bag, or far away enough for them not to attract your attention.
Establish good relationships with your teachers. If you hate your teachers, then you will have a lot of trouble learning. Be polite and show respect, and put in some effort, and your teachers will hold a liking for you that will make classes more pleasant.
Set small goals for yourself. For example, take notes during class, and at the end of the week, see if you can write a short essay based on the material you’ve been learning. Before you begin a new unit, write down some questions on the topic, and at the end of each lesson, see how many of them you can answer. Each time you accomplish a goal, reward yourself by buying a CD or item of clothing, going out and having fun, or just taking a break.
Make things more interesting by figuring out a way to make classes more pleasant. Finds ways to motivate yourself:
See if you can summarize what you learned into a little notebook after class. Jot down a sentence or two that you can look back and recall the day with.
Ask for help if you’re struggling. Many people don’t do this. If you find you are struggling, know that almost all teachers want to help you catch up. See if your school has a resource room you could use during study halls or go directly to your teacher.