Some students spend too much time studying because they did not take the time to learn what was being taught in class the first time. If you follow these four tips, you will learn how to understand each lesson being taught in class so you will not have to put in extra time studying. This does not mean you will not have to study, but this will become a guide so you can use your time wisely. While you are in class, sit back and learn as much as you can and you will almost certainly get better grades and have more free time.
1. If possible, try to sit near the front to eliminate
distractions. Teachers will probably not have a problem
accommodating you if you ask them to sit you in a specific
location in order to help you focus.
2. Avoid distractions such as chatting with friends, looking
around the room, doodling, dozing, and daydreaming.
Keep busy by participating in the discussion, asking or
answering questions, and taking notes.
3. Contribute to classroom discussions. Raising your hand
and offering your thoughts or ideas will help the discussion
progress, make the teacher notice that you are actively
taking a role in your education, and finally, help you sort
out what you do and don’t know or fully understand. Try
not to feel intimidated about raising your hand and
answering questions. Start offering answers to questions
or topics that you feel comfortable with and eventually this
will become a habit. Eventually you will build enough
confidence to contribute on a regular basis.
4. Listen not only to what the teacher is saying but to what
your classmates are contributing to the discussing. You can
learn a lot by listening to your peers.
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