A strategy is an individual’s approach to complete a task. For a student, a learning strategy is how they approach learning and how to better his/her performance in the course.
Coming up with a perfect strategy will help students become more efficient in their studies. Let’s have a look at some strategies you can carry along with you to improve your learning.
1. Making the right course choice
Correctly choosing a course to take is the first step to building your learning strategies.
Classifying this under learning strategies is an understatement; this is an educational life strategy if that makes sense.
What I am trying to say is that whatever you chose as your final option should be made consciously and with great care.
Choose a course you like, one that you are good at, a course that reflects your strengths. Ultimately, no one wants to be stuck in a job that they hate doing.
Many students fail in their finals not because they failed to study, but because they made the wrong course choice.
A good course offered by a reputable institution will go a long way to assure you some level of success.
Do not enroll in a school that offers poor quality of education. It will injure your résumé.
2. Schedule management
All successful students know how to manage their time well. They don’t need follow-ups from teachers and class representatives when given tasks.
To efficiently learn online, you need to manage your time well. Now that you are learning from home, there are a lot of distractions and outside activities that might cause you to fail.
The best way to efficiently use your time is drawing up a schedule that has time allocated for class, one for assignments, for personal studies and the rest can be your extra time to play and engage in your fun activities.
3. Active participation
Among the many academic strategies that you can use to ace your exams, active participation in class remains the most reliable one.
There are so many benefits of a student taking part in a class. Participating in class increases your interest in learning and as you already know, passion for class
From participation, you get to learn from other students. Speaking out loud your ideas and opinions enables you to assert
It prepares you for exams as you would have already noted the areas of weakness from your teachers’ feedback.
To start a good semester, you need to organize your schedule and class. Create the perfect time to do extra research and work from school.
We must admit that for most of us, working through a strict schedule and remaining organized throughout the semester remains a challenge.
You might be organized at the beginning of the semester but halfway, you run off schedule.
Note-taking should be done in an organized manner. It helps the retrieval process easier and more likely for you to revisit your classwork.
5. Taking on proper research.
Highly productive students take on further research and do not rely on the teacher’s notes given in class.
They do advance research and reading before class and after class, they go and expound on the notes given in class.
Personal studies outside class also help broaden the course content and knowledge in the taught area.
6. Identify and stick to a learning method
There are so many learning methods. To choose the best learning method, you should look into your areas of weakness.
Some students are good at memory retention, some have poor listening techniques, some have very good memory retention but are poor at focusing.
Some of the most powerful study techniques include;
- Spaced repetition: This will involve regularly reviewing your notes and learning materials. Over time, the information will be stored in the long-term memory.
- Active recall: It involves a student recalling the information learned. Constantly making your brain retrieve information helps the information stick.
A combination of both active real and spaced repetition has been proved by many productive and high-performing students to be the smart and quickest way to learn and ace in exams.
To better your focus, you can also try reading through the use of the Pomodoro study technique. It involves reading for a few minutes then taking a shorter break and repeating the circle for the number of times you want to study.
The most common Pomodoro timing is 25 minutes work and 5 minutes break or 50 minutes work and 10 minutes break.
7. Stay positive and motivated.
Finally, find ways to keep being motivated. Feeling academically low is common for most learners but ensure it does not affect your studies.