It is that time of the year once again. The slate is fresh, parents are anxious, excited, and want the best for their child.
If you are a student, or even a parent reading this, here are seven tips to help you transition back to school in the most productive way and get ahead of the class!
1. Mind Map your textbooks!
This is probably one of the best things you can do as a student. Mind Mapping, if you don’t know, helps you to organise large amounts of information on to one big page. It looks like one big map with squiggly lines known as branches. The beauty of this technique is that by organising large bits of information, such as books in this example, it helps with greater recall and understanding. Better yet, this can be achieved in just 45 minutes for a whole 200 page book!
2. Everything you read from now on – read it visually.
Instead of just seeing a bunch of words together in a sentence, see if you can add some colour, movement, or even humour to make it more interesting. The more you do this the more memorable the text becomes, hence you remember more of it.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
This does not have to be in class. Before you attend class, write down at least five questions you have about that particular class. If it’s on a certain topic make the questions about that. If you’re unsure of the topic before heading into class, try and anticipate. The more you work on questioning, the better you will get at obtaining answers. Better questions can lead to better answers.
4. Don’t be afraid to get help.
It is extremely exhausting to try and do it all yourself. Ask friends, teachers, colleagues, uncles, aunties, grandparents, whoever it is. Establish a wide net for support. It will not only help you in school but for daily life when you’re much older. It’s also much better for your mental health.
5. Go easy on yourself.
Seriously. Too much pressure is no good and is counter-productive. You are at school to LEARN. This means making lots of mistakes, failures, successes, bad decisions, good decisions, and so on. Not everything will go to plan. And that is OK. The most important bit is how quick you can get up and keep moving forward.
6. Make every effort.
This is a big one for me and I let my kids know every time. Doesn’t matter whatever the outcome, you have to make an effort. The more you do this, the better you will get at it and it will put you ahead of most students as you will have the energy to keep going. The more energy you have, the more effort you can sustain.
7. Learn memory techniques.
I suggest this for obvious reasons as it not only helps with recall of information, but helps store learning into long-term. This enables you to process the information to better learn from it. You can also apply techniques directly to your learning. For example, learning long lists, remembering dates and formulas, languages, speeches, essay structures, and plenty more.