Idea List: How to Be a Better Student

    “Idea List: How to Be a Better Student,” New Era, Nov. 2004, 25

    Idea List:

    How to Be a Better Student

    School, homework, and studying. You probably already know a lot about these three things, but you can always use a few good tips on becoming a better student. Here are some from the youth in the Yokota Military Branch, Honshu Japan Military District, on how to study effectively.

    • Be organized. Write down the dates your assignments are due and when you will have tests on a calendar or other place where you will be reminded often of your deadlines.

    • Turn your homework in on time.

    • Get a good night’s sleep before tests.

    • After you have studied by yourself, studying with a classmate or group can help you better understand hard concepts. Quiz each other.

    • Procrastination is your enemy. Avoid it.

    • Study for a set amount of time each weekday.

    • Take notes in class and from your textbooks on the most important lesson points. You can also make flash cards to remind yourself of key concepts.

    • Use any study guides or hints your teacher has given you.

    • Have a positive attitude. Complaining will only make learning harder.

    • Pray for help. The Lord will help you if you do your part.

    • Exercise. A healthy body will help you be more alert and awake to study.

    • If you’re having trouble understanding something, ask the teacher or one of your parents for help.

    • Read. Even when it’s not an assignment, reading good books will increase your comprehension and vocabulary.

    • Eat breakfast. You’ll need brain food throughout the day.

    • Study somewhere you can concentrate. Loud music or a lot of people around you can be distracting.

    • Find out what kind of learner you are. Some people learn better when they listen, some when they read or see things, and some when they write things down. Discover a study method, or a combination of methods, that works best for your learning style.

    Illustrated by Scott Snow