Listen in class & do homework: To be successful in school the most intelligent thing you can do is show up for class, listen and make notes, do the homework you are asked to do, and everything will eventually fall in place. Remember if you do not understand something always ask your teacher to double check. Should you have a grade that is low, express to them you are concerned and want to learn the subject (and of course you want to keep the grades high as possible).
Also find out if there are extra projects that you can do to increase your grade. Talking to them shows you are interested in the subject but also interested in doing well. It can help your overall grade in the class. Of course for 11th grade you want the best possible grades you can get. Some of these teachers you ask for help with might also be the best to ask for a letter of reference as well. Especially when they see you have improved and are interested in improving and learning. Ask questions in class or after class, etc. also helps. As far as your overall grades, it is best to not share or listen to others about grades or even test scores. Also never compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to only you. Here are some effective methods for studying:
2. Study at the same time each day
While school clubs and activities may vary day to day, try to find a regular routine. This can be done by making a daily calendar (Monday through Sunday) then include times for each day. Plan a regular study block of time each day. For example, a 2-hour block is a good start. Usually you might not need this much then at times you might need more, but schedule a block of time that works for you. See the sample and "My Daily Schedule" below. Just select to print. I used these in college which are very helpful for even in high school.
3. Study music.
This depends on you. You might listen to different types of music depending on what you are doing studying. For example, if you are drawing or making something where you do not need to remember you can listen to any type of music. However, for doing homework such as writing, reading, math or studying for a test, sometimes total silence is best, but sometimes to boost concentration sometimes music such classical, inspirational (good for writing or creating ideas) or BiNaural Beats (best for concentration and doing math or similar problems) can help you concentrate more. You can click on these YouTube links or search for those and you feel works best for you. Generally having background soft music helps, but without headphones because studies show with headphones while studying limits remembering study material, so lower volume, background music is more helpful.
Additional Study Tips
The following are helpful tips when studying for tests. These have been shown to improve memory and learning.
- Make handwritten notes when studying for tests. Every time you write, then rewrite, will help you remember more easily.
- Study in evening, sleep and study again in the morning
- Memory and Mnemonic Devices. The Method of Loci is a mnemonic device to help make remembering things easier. You have probably already been taught to use these in school. They include acronyms, rhymes, chunking (dividing into smaller sections) and imagery to help link terms to better memory recall. For more information see the video below. For specific examples and strategies see Mnemonic Device techniques.
- Talking out loud. When studying, "saying it out loud" helps to improve remembering.
- Drink water before and during studying (also drinking water before a test is helpful). Water helps to improve mental processing and learning.
- Small rewards for yourself. Like things you enjoy to help reward yourself after studying.