4 Study Tips to Help Improve Your Grades

4 min read Not doing schoolwork will cause your grades to suffer. Here is a list of four study tips that could improve your grades.

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Photo Credit: (Siora Photography) School Girl with a Book in front of natural rustic red brick background holding a book up to her face.

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By Breanna Bell | bbell20@radford.edu

If you’re in school during this pandemic, then completing your course assignments can be challenging in general. We are all going through various things, but not doing schoolwork will cause your grades to suffer.

If this is something you’re struggling with, here is a list of four study tips that could significantly improve your grades this semester.

1.  Study Space

Having a place where you can strictly focus on completing schoolwork can make a difference, which you can customize to fit your specific needs. 

If you are the type of person who needs a quiet space to focus, then maybe a noisy room full of people isn’t the best place to study. An office, lounge, or a trip to the library could prove to be beneficial to you.

We all know people who study in bed. Unless you’re a person who has extreme will power, this is a disaster waiting to happen. This deadly combination will have you sleep in fifteen minutes, and all of your study time will most likely go to waste.

I urge you not to study in bed or somewhere comfy. If you already do and you frequently fall asleep, I think its time for a change of scenery for you.

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Photo Credit: (Jason Leung) An office, lounge, or a trip to the library could prove to be beneficial to you.

2. Do Not Cram

We have all been told not to cram before, and it’s valid for most people. If you can do this the night before and still retain the information, that’s great, but this method does not work for most.

Cramming takes a toll on your body. It places a high level of stress on your brain and makes it work double-time, which is why most people are so tired after because it causes mental fatigue.

Not only does it cause mental fatigue, but a lot of people also have no idea what they studied the night before. So is cramming worth it if you still fail? The answer to that question is No. It’s not. All you did was waste your time and stress yourself out.

A much better study method is thirty minutes a night for a week before a test or assignment of fifteen minutes a night for two weeks. Try this next time before you decide if cramming is for you.

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Photo Credit: (Tim Gouw) Full focus at a coffee shop.

3. Write It Down or Say It Aloud

Many people study by just reading straight from the book, which has to be one of the least effective study methods out there. If you can study by just reading, that’s great, but most people need more than that.

One effective study method is writing it out. Writing things down is proven to help you remember it.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t include typed notes. These notes have to be written by hand to achieve the best possible results.

Another effective method is reading your notes out loud. If you’re the type of person who can recall anything, this may be the method for you and could be the difference between passing and failing.

Notes on a whiteboard
Photo Credit: (Kaleidico) Writing things down is proven to help you remember it.

4. Ask For Help

A lot of classes offer tutoring or assistance of some kind. However, most of this assistance is outside of class time.

Don’t hesitate to communicate with your teacher. When students reach out on their own, teachers tend to be more inclined to help because they see you care about your grades and often refer you to a tutoring session. 

If your teacher doesn’t offer to tutor you directly, see what your school offers. There will most likely be something they can do for you.

For example, Radford University offers the Harvey Knowledge Center for students if they need help in their classes.

In the end, the pass of fail sticks with you and only you, so do what is best for you to see your success.

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Photo Credit: (NeONBRAND) When students reach out on their own, teachers often refer you to a tutoring session.
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