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Is learning how to study better a good idea if you already have good learning skills?

My reason for asking this question is that I have always had rather good study skills. However, despite having good study habits for college, I have never been at the top of my class. I always rank somewhere in the middle. This is not good enough for me especially considering I was always at the top of my class during my early school days. My parents always were about making their child study, so I was taught to work hard in my early years. However, I still believe if I learned how to study better I would be at the top of my class.

Timothy Norman

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Kaitlin Dean on January 11, 2018

No one is too good for learning. Even people who are experts in their field can
learn a thing or two from other people and improve their craft even further. Therefore, it is not a bad idea for you to consider how you can study better. Your college study habits might not be yielding desired results because you are probably using the same study habits you were using in high school or middle school.

College is more complex and advanced compared to previous levels of education. While some study habits might work, others might not work very well. To achieve better results in college, you will need to make some improvements in the way you study. Below are some tips you can use to attain good skills for studying:

  • Join a study group: One of the things that make it difficult for students to get to the top of their class is their sole dependence on their own efforts to get there. If you want to lead your class, you will need to depend on other people as well. It is advisable to create a study group with the students who are at the top of your class. You will learn a lot from these students in the study group and you might also borrow a few study tricks from them. As they say, ’birds of a feather flock together’. Their success might end up rubbing off on you.
  • Discover your weak points: Even with phenomenal study skills, top students always have an area they struggle with which can prevent them from leading their class. The only way to deal with this problem is to identify your weak points so that you can deal with them effectively. You can choose to hire a tutor or get help from your teacher so that you can make your grades better.
  • Create a study plan: Another thing that might prevent you from living up to your potential is studying without a plan. In order to perform well in your studies, you need to have a good study plan. The plan should include all the important topics your teachers are most likely to test you on, breaks and rewards for every time you complete a task. With a study plan, there is no doubt you will improve how you study and get better grades.

Brian Warnera year ago

If you are not seeing results with your current study habits, there is a great chance that your habits are not suitable for your situation. You need to learn how to study better in order to improve your grades. I suggest revamping your methods of studying by using completely new ways of studying. This will get you out of your comfort zone and give you a challenge. However, when choosing study methods, make sure you choose proven successful ones. This way, your performance will not go down any further but improve. It might also be a good idea to seek advice from your instructor. They might be able to share some ideas on how they were able to succeed in their studies when they were in school. Try different options until you identify a method that works best for you.


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