Boosters for Student Performance

Rahama Obadak
Marketing & Comms, Flexisaf

8 leverage point for students

What works for you?

A big part of academic success is having the right mindset. You have to believe in yourself and know yourself to know how to be successful.

-Examine your academic strengths & weaknesses

-Capitalize on your strengths while overcoming/minimizing your weaknesses. -Understand how you learn best

-Figure out the study methods that work best for you.

Course Management.

Mismanagement of courses often leads to bad performance through the term; and subsequently, failure.

-Be fully aware of course expectations, requirements, and project due dates.

-Get the detailed information you need

-Plan better for all graded materials in your courses.

Read.

Being in school comes with great responsibilities, one of which is reading avidly

One has to read actively with a purpose to learn and retain. To do that you have to use the R's of memory:

Reception (attentive & observant), Retention (review & recite), and Recollection (organizing & visualizing).

Here are the different methods we all employ; try them out to see what suits you best.

-Jot, underline, highlight, or annotate

-Make a keyword list

-Summarize as you read

-Take continuous quizzes

-Change the context of the information to better understand it.

Get the most out of your classes.

You must attend every class successfully.

-First, you should sit toward the front of the class;

-Try to sit in the first row. Statistics shows that grades of students who sit toward the back are lower than those who sit in front.

-Be actively involved in your classes. Even in pure lecture classes, some level of student involvement is welcome. Some teachers award marks for involvement so don't miss the chance to earn a few points.

While making effort to attend class is important, you must also have a primary goal of learning. You must try to focus allowing minimal distractions. Suspend in-class chatter and “finger exercises” on any handheld device -until the lesson is over.

Write it down.

Writing is the cornerstone of academics, careers and success in general. It is a good measure of intellect and other things that express qualification. It's not all about attending all your classes. Are you listening carefully? Because that's the only way you can take detailed notes that will help you revise after the class is over. You must improve both your writing & vocabulary to clearly express your ideas and arguments in research papers, term projects, or in essay exams.

-Listen well for clues on areas of concentration

-Take self-explanatory notes

-Identify which note-taking method works for you; Cornell, Outlining, Mapping, Charting & Sentence method? Or do you have a custom method for yourself

-Critical thinking abilities as listening, reading, and speaking skills

Writing is an easy referencing method. It builds your self-confidence. Better writing skills make you sound smarter and can be a driver of professional success.

Study Differently Everyday.

Higher success rates in academia are associated with students who allocate some study time every day

-Reading, writing and reviewing allows understanding while cramming inhibits it. -Daily active studying will build and increase your knowledge base for the long-term.

Active studying means practicing involving behaviors, such as creating outlines, developing flashcards, studying in groups, rewriting notes, etc. Also, take practice quizzes and tests to prepare for the actual examinations.

Know Your Professor.

Anonymity in the classroom has never helped anyone. There's nothing wrong with it but it is better if your teacher can place a name to a face. It also helps when you have a good reputation and relationship with him/her.

-Visit the professor during his/her office hours.

-Gain some insider information & get help in areas you're struggling in.

–Stand a chance to be graded more leniently by your professor.

Get help on time.

Stop yourself from being a part of those who worry about whether the course can be salvaged or not at the end of the term. When you need help or explanation, get it before its too late; from the professor, graduate assistants, colleagues, or other students at the campus tutoring centers.

-If the issue is non-academic, talk to someone from any available support center/medium. Be it guidance counselor or someone from an extra-curricular group with support inclinations for learning disabilities and other guidance.