Smart Kids Who Fail – Using Good Study Habits to Reach Your Goals

Hey, there! Are you a smart kid who is having a little trouble in high school? You’re not the only one. A lot of extremely bright young men and women have a hard time in high school because many of them are not suited to the “traditional” learning style Unfortunately, most of these teens don’t have access to an environment that suits them better and, chances are, neither to you. Not to fear! Using good study habits can help you make it through this tough time and on to college, where hopefully, you can find an environment better suited to your learning style.

Study Habit No. 1 – Eliminate Distractions5 Tips to make the most out of studying on Zoom - Pacific Training Group

If you are an intelligent young adult, chances are you are interested in many things and have many hobbies. While having such an active curiosity is certainly a quality to be admired, it can get in the way of concentrating on the things that have to get done. So, if you are having trouble staying focused, find a place to study where you are free of distractions like music, hobbies, and social networking. Turn off your computer and your cell phone, and find a quiet place to study where you are not going to be disturbed. Often, public libraries have study corrals for studying. These are especially useful because you have instant access to a whole building full of resources that you can bring right to your desk. Also, libraries are quiet and often have a no-cell-phones rule that can help you eliminate distractions like texts and Facebook updates.

Study Habit No. 2 – Buy a Planner

Truly bright students can also tend to be disorganized, like an “absent-minded-professor.” Buying a good academic planner can help you organize your schoolwork and become more efficient. Many good planners have one week per page and have a different box for each subject in each day. Writing down your homework the moment your teacher mentions it will increase the chance of your success and decrease the chance of you forgetting anything. At the end of the school day, take out your planner and make sure you have all of the books you need before going home. You don’t want to get stuck with a major homework assignment due and no way to do it!

Many teachers will assign all the homework for the week (or even month) all at once. Don’t fail to take advantage of that! If you work on your homework during any spare time you have, rather than at the last minute, not only will you be more relaxed but you will also learn the material better by absorbing it little by little instead of rushing.

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