Then, if you get tired, frustrated, or bored working on one item, you can easily move onto something else, thereby staying productive as well as giving pending problems a chance to work themselves out subconsciously. It was built to house and provide permanent access to tobacco industry internal corporate documents produced during litigation between US States and the seven major tobacco industry organizations and other sources. Rather, they are continually asking, "Do I really understand what's going on here?" They ask this question of themselves honestly, applying an internal barometer formed from experience to detect the slightest lack of understanding, be it ignorance or confusion. Try to learn general principles and methods. In particular, don't waste time doing things that will not receive credit. This does not necessarily mean attempting the most heavily weighted problem first; rather, it means first doing the problem for which you can accumulate points at the fastest rate. As for the latter, pay attention in class to the instructor's patterns, to what he/she emphasizes, etc. Learning by examples (putting the new in terms of the familiar) can only take you so far. Study in ways that are suited to you.
If you're seeing this message, it means we're having trouble loading external resources on our website. The first mentality thrives on order, and inherently tries to do well what it already knows how to do; the second mentality thrives on disorder, and inherently tries to expand upon its abilities. He/She wants to get a good grade. Train yourself so there is an immediate reaction-mechanism within you: You reason that you should do something, and thus you. Closing Overall, there is one basic trait that distinguishes successful students from those that are not: Successful students force themselves to understand. Show your work and make clear your reasoning in order to have a chance to receive partial credit. Further Suggestions Unify and simplify your knowledge: A textbook presents the subject in a particular form, as does an instructor. Other people who seem to have less difficulty with self-discipline probably have simply had more practice at it, thereby making it less difficult; because, practice is what it takes. Why didn't the instructor or text(s) do this or that? Adopt the best of these two mentalities.
Remember: Unless the exam is multiple-choice, then a human being-who typically wants to grade the many exams in front of him/her as quickly and painlessly as possible-is doing the grading. Attempt to be methodical, neat, legible, deliberate, precise, knowledgeable, and reliable on the one hand, and creative, spontaneous, imaginative, smart, clever, articulate, and flexible on the other. But, don't be fooled into thinking that since you were able to work through an old exam, it means you understand all the course material in general, and can perform in a test situation. This is especially helpful for exams, when time is of the essence. Reasonably estimating the time required to perform each of the tasks at hand.
Try to do well immediately to instill an expectation of continuing to do well. Learn from the past, but don't be bound. Bring a calculator even if it's not suggested. How to Be a Good Student. Don't think that getting the right answer to a homework problem implies that you have mastered the corresponding material. Thus: Write legibly, orderly, and coherently. But, realize that it is equally foolish to be different merely for the sake of being different, as it is to mindlessly conform to the norm. And what could be more harmonious than finding yourself wanting to do what you know you should?
Exams Preparation: Roughly prioritize material as to its importance (primary, secondary, tertiary and concentrate your studying on the most significant topics. (Give yourself a pep-talk to this effect prior to each exam.) Starting the exam: Read the instructions thoroughly and carefully. It's up to you to view the homework problems from this wider perspective. Some common signs of insecurity: Asking a question to which you already know the answer; being artificially social with instructors or other students, when the real reason is to temporarily kill the pain. He/She may demonstrate methods (perhaps more efficient) or provide useful information that you hadn't thought. Therefore, form a habit of doing what you reason you should. Good time-management requires: Note taking on more than you can handle.
Introduction, the typical college campus is a friendly place; but it is also a competitive environment. Actually doing what needs to be done. Ask yourself "Why didn't I think of that? To be a successful student requires certain skills; but, these are skills that can be learned. Remember, the instructor only has a limited amount of time to test what you know and can. A couple of thoughts, though, that may help spur you on: A minute now is as precious as a minute later. Thus, keep in mind when preparing for an exam that the problems cannot be too complicated if they are to fit within the allotted time. Example: On a 50-minute exam worth a 100 points, you should be accumulating 2 points per minute; thus, a 26-point problem should be completed in 13 minutes.
Your grades will be especially important in landing your first job, or when applying to graduate school. All-nighters are really an indication of not having properly planned your activities. Just be determined to be "on" for the duration of the exam. Observe how the problems are weighted, and direct your efforts to where you believe you can pick up points most easily. Homework Keep in mind that your work is being graded by a human being. In courses on subjective material (e.g., humanities just regurgitate the material from class and the text(s). A good instructor, however, will present their course in such a way that it will be of little benefit for the student to try to learn him/her, thereby forcing their students to learn the material. Learn by observing others. Face your insecurities head-on. Do all of the homework and assigned reading.
For maximum efficiency, have several projects going at once. Learn as many methods of problem-solving as you can. Only you can do these things. Making the grader's job easier will more likely lead to you getting the benefit of doubt when it occurs. Do you know the subject matter well enough to explain it clearly and completely to someone else? They do not merely go through the motions of attending class, reading the text(s and doing the homework, expecting these actions to necessarily suffice. In order to do well in a course, it is up to you (the student) to do two things: Learn the material.