Saturday, June 24, 2006

Study Habits: A No-No for the Common Student?

- Rene "Pixel" Ong


Okay, let's face it. There are some things we just couldn't change no matter how hard we try. I guess this goes out to all the teachers in the world, eh? To the students, this is for you too, I hope you wouldn't mind if I take away your hall pass this time.

Every new semester, we begin each class with a little useful reminder about the grading system. To me I call this a hint of what's about to come. To the rest it becomes a reference for which they can weigh in their chances. But whichever way we see it, it all bores down to two, that is, we either make it or break it. A pass or a fail...

Hopefully we will get closure after two months, but until then, let's talk about the now and what you can do to avoid that next fail mark.

By the time you read this, you probably have a good plan about what you’re going to do with your grades. If not, you better do it now. And if that’s not good enough still, boy you’ve got some nerve going into school. You’re wasting money and precious time, kiddo!

If you’ve managed to reach through this paragraph, consider yourself a good listener and give yourself a nice pat in the back. You’re showing signs of interest and that’s always a good place to start.

Okay, down to business. Here’s a brief list on how to pass all your subjects with flying colors, courtesy of yours-truly:

::: Go to school and attend every class as much as you can. A nice chunk of your grade is taken from this, and this is something that only requires your presence…should be easy, right?

::: When in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask. There are a few students who would only be too willing to help you in your lessons. Go ahead and ask them if you’re afraid to ask the teachers, which you probably are. I’m sure they won’t bite.

::: Pass all your quizzes. This is important, kids. Trust me. If you do this, you’ll get a decent chance at making that pass. Why? That’s because most of the things that come up in quizzes usually come up in the exams. They’re bound to be. Plus, you’ll find it rather easy to study for the exams since you already studied them in all your quizzes. That should beak down the burden of having to “bit-by-bit” study during your prelim or finals.

Once you do this, you’d be surprised at what a little useful thinking can do for your future. Who knows? Maybe you can even hit the top list of your class this time around.

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