In high school, you typically are very busy with after school activities and may not have enough time to put into your studies. Nonetheless, you can still find time to set aside for your studies and work on improving your overall GPA by using your time wisely. Do not quit one of your activities if you can. Instead work to plan strategies that will provide you with more time to study by changing with your schedule. Add a study hall to your schedule to give yourself more time to study during the day, or make sure to use the time you have before your extracurricular activities begin to study. During your lunch break, use the time to study if you have an upcoming test or quiz. It is better to get your work done earlier than later because you will be less likely to focus at night and you won’t do your best. Do not wait until late at night to study because you will not retain the information you need to succeed and do not cram the night before. Make sure when you study on the weekends to take a short break every hour, because you can only focus for a certain amount of time. Your short term memory cannot remember what it needs to and process loads of new information if you wait until the night before an examination to study. You should make sure to study for a test at least two to three weeks in advance to remember the information.
You should go through your notes from class and power points. Use these notes as a guide when you go through your book. Re-write or type your notes by combining the notes from class and adding the corresponding information from the text to study. You can write questions for yourself on flash cards or make a chart out of the information with the answer on the other side to review. If you make a chart, you can fold the paper or cover the answer over so that you can look at the question and write it out and then check your answer on the other side of the page afterward. Make sure to re-read the chapters at least two to three times. When you read the chapters, make sure to annotate your text with notes and highlight important definitions, words, or phrases that you think are important and that were discussed in class. You can also create a mnemonic device as code to remember information. If you don’t re-read the chapters and write a set of review notes or highlight important information, you will not retain the material as well. You must learn to take good notes in high school if you want to succeed in college. Do not sit in the class and not take down as many notes as you can. You will not get the information you need out of the course and at the end of the semester; you won’t remember everything the teacher said in class. Organize your notes and save all of your papers to study for an exam study guide.
Try these strategies, and find a study plan that works best for you. You can also create a study group and compare notes to make sure that you wrote down all of the most pertinent information from the lecture. You do need to focus on more than just your grades if you want to get into college as they look for the best leaders. Whether you sign up for the debate team, dance team, mathletes, cheerleading, band, foreign language club, forensics, social studies club, joining the band, doing ballet, gymnastics, playing a sport, or playing other musical instruments you must show that you are dedicated to becoming a well-rounded scholar that will contribute to their campus. These activities improve your ability to think and reason critically on a much higher level, which will help you succeed in your studies. You can also use these activities as a guide to choose a major. If you succeed at activities that use the right side of your brain you should choose a major that is artistic, while if you excel at activities that use the left side of your brain you should choose a major that is scientific. Thus, to do your best make sure to manage your time wisely, continue to do extracurricular activities, and you will begin improving your scholarship in high school.
Julie is a tutor and featured blogger with Academic Advantage Online Tutoring who enjoys Reading, Writing, Studying the arts, humanities, and sciences.