By Light Chigereokwu
Many people often think that being a good student means just attending classes, taking notes, reading the textbooks, and studying intensely before the tests. However, learning, like many other activities, involves a complex set of skills that require practice according to a publication by the Pennsylvania State University, USA. For you to excel you must practice the following:
Don’t Miss the Class
When you pay attention in class and take good notes, you are starting the process of learning. Do you have trouble paying attention in class? Are you sitting next to a loud person? Is it hard to see the board? Make sure you’re sitting in a good seat that lets you pay attention. Tell your teacher or parents about any problems that are preventing you from paying attention and taking good notes. Attendance is essential for passing any class, and becomes more important in a class where participation may form part of your grade. Make sure that you are present in body and mind whenever you attend your class.
Never sleep in class.
Switch off your cell phone and always hide it away during class.
Avoid chatting with your classmates, especially when your instructor is talking.
Your Note Is Important
Note taking is a vital skill to a student’s success. Start by writing down facts that your teacher mentions or writes on the board during class. Try your best to use good handwriting so you can read your notes later. It’s also a good idea to keep your notes, quizzes, and papers organized by subject.
Because much of what your instructor talks about during lectures will end up as your tests and exams for the course, make sure that you take good notes during class to earn as many points as possible on class assignments. • Write as much as you can during class to help you retain the information. Things that your instructor writes on the board or includes on a PowerPoint may be even more important to remember, so be sure to write these things down. If you have trouble keeping up, then you may consider recording lectures (with your instructor’s permission) or asking a friend to compare notes with you after