How to Make Classes Easier

The bell rings, class begins, and the teacher starts walking in between the students, handing out tests. You know you'll pass, but only because you were up at three in the morning hitting the books and chugging Monsters. Fear not, there IS a way to keep up on your classes without the hassle of late night memorization and book binging.


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    Take notes on note cards instead of in a book. Doing this allows you to write down just the important information so that when you study for a test, you don't have to read through the entire section of the book again.
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    Try to sit in the middle of the classroom. Teachers tend to ignore students in the back of the classroom because they belong to the "I don't want to be here" group, and pay less attention to those in the front of the classroom because they belong to the "prodigy" group (you barely understand quantum physics? Hah!). Sitting in the middle ensures that you are getting as much attention as possible from the teacher during class.
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    Dress nicely when coming to class. Nothing says "I'm serious about learning" like business-casual. Teachers will take you more seriously, and as an added bonus, people give more credit to a person that's well dressed.
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    Take notes on all the questions you have for that week. It helps to compile a list of questions so that you can check them off if you understand the concepts later.
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    At the end of the week, organize a meeting with your teacher during their office hours. Meet with them to discuss any questions you have. Bring your list of questions from that week.
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    Try to build a personal relationship with the teachers. Teachers love nothing more than a student who has the initiative to talk to them. It gives them a better idea of where you're having problems, and allows them to say things that they couldn't in the class (Giving shortcuts for problems, deeper conversation about a subject, etc...). The better the relationship with your teacher is, the more help you get from that teacher during the semester.
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    Get all of your homework done before the weekend. It seems like a natural thing to save all of your homework for the weekend, but it's not a good idea, because teachers expect you to do it, and usually save their biggest and longest assignments for the weekend (You have to do SOMETHING during those boring weekends, don't you?).


  • Keep weekends free. If you don't have any homework to do during the weekend (finish writing a paper, turn in math assignments, etc...), you can finish off the mountain of assignments your devious teacher is planning to give you more quickly. Then you have the rest of the weekend to relax.
  • Review your note cards little bit at a time, and not all at once. The best way to avoid having to pull an all nighter is to occasionally quiz yourself using the note cards you made during class. If you do this, then you shouldn't have any problem doing well on a test and getting enough sleep at the same time.
  • Don't procrastinate. Plan out your week before you start it, so you have a rough idea of what you're going to study each day and don't end up bogged down with four hours of homework the night before class.

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