3 Tips to Prepare For The New School Year

 The most important tip of all: find a furry study buddy.

The most important tip of all: find a furry study buddy.

There's something so motivating about back-to-school season. The trifecta of fresh notebooks, a new set of classes, and adequate sleep encourages productivity. However, as the months go by, it's harder and harder to maintain the thrill of a new school year. I have three study tips that will help you maintain your grades all year long - even when you don't want to.

 
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repetition builds good habits

The only way to build expertise in an area is by putting the time to be familiar with it. Even though it's painful, put in a little bit of time every day to familiarize yourself with the concepts. I like to do 10-20 practice problems on the day's lesson, depending on how difficult/tedious the concept is, and do an extra 3-5 practice problems from the lesson before. 

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the best students teach

So teach! Also known as the Feynman Technique, this study technique employs the educator locked inside you. In study groups, give a small "lecture" on the subject in question as if you were the professor. When questions arise and you can't answer them, that's where you know a gap in understanding exists.

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words of wisdom

There's a good chance your professor has been teaching the course you're taking for a long time. Ask your professor the common pitfalls of students as soon as possible, and keep them in mind as you're studying. There's a good chance that the biggest pitfall your professor sees is "students not studying enough."