How to be at  the Top of  Your Class

How to be at the Top of Your Class

Using the Multiple Exposure Technique vs Traditional Methods….

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Learn some of the material ahead of time so it will be your second pass when the teacher brings it up in the classroom
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Then you’ll be able to ask more intelligent and pertinent questions. Previewing a lesson ahead of time also helps you determine how much study time you’ll need to devote to the topic.
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Summarize your notes
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A summary is a condensed version containing basic details, important points and the main focus or theme of the topic.
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Study and memorize after each class
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Go through your notes from the day and commit anything to memory you don’t already know. Make a small notation next to the details that need further attention for you to fully understand the point.
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At the end of each week, in the margin of your notes, summarize each paragraph into just one or two words
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This will make it easy for you to recall the heart of the topic when you are reviewing your notes for an exam.
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Every week review the past week in detail to make sure you don’t forget anything by exam time
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A quick review is all you need and you followed these steps, you will most likely get 90% or better on your exam.
Developing your multiple exposure techniques will allow you to add memory skills. Soon, these techniques will become second nature to you provided if you stick to this system. Improving your memory is rewarding in all aspects of life and you will notice a difference.

Method 2: Using Traditional Methods
Steps
Become Goal Oriented
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If your aim is to be at the top of the class then you have to set study goals and assess the time needed for you to retain the required information. Be honest with yourself when determining the time needed for you to complete your study goals before exam time.
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Find Your Competitive Spirit
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Join or create a study group with other students for motivation and encouragement. Studies have shown that reviewing and studying with other students is more effective than studying on your own.
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Be Disciplined
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Unless you’re a genius, you won’t reach your goal of being at the top of the class unless you’re disciplined. You need to manage your time, complete assignments efficiently, and study, study, study. Cutting corners and slacking in general will not get you to the top of the class.
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Develop and Apply Study Habits
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Take notes during class lectures to study from later on. You should also schedule time to study at home. In class, make sure you understand the lesson being taught by the professor. If you don’t quite get it, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Research additional information regarding your the subject you’re studying. Give yourself a head start and study and read ahead for the next lesson.
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Avoid Drowsiness
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Refrain from sleeping and feeling drowsy during a lecture since it will affect your comprehension of the lesson…because you’ll miss it! Even if you’re just nodding off, you won’t be focused, and you’ll intellectually miss the lesson. If you aren’t focused, nothing of the lesson will be stored in your mind. The information you missed during a particular lesson may be really important, so don’t sleep while in the class. Avoid junk foods and sugary snacks or drinks before class. Schedule a minimum of 8 hours to sleep each night. If you feel drowsy before class, take a quick brisk walk.
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Be Active
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Participate in class discussions. Discussing the subject during class will help you retain information, and keep you focused and awake. Make sure that your answers are comprehensive and your questions are thought provoking. Class participation could mean a higher grade.
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Achieve a High Grade Average
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Grades from the results of quizzes, classroom work, or assignments all contribute to your overall grade average. Get as high a result as you can. Any extra credit may be helpful in attaining your goal.
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Make Time to Review
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At home you should review your previous lesson notes. You should research anything you didn’t understand completely. Reviewing your lessons will also help you to prepare for class discussions and surprise quizzes. When reviewing, be sure to understand the content. You can also rewrite previous lessons while reviewing. This will help you remember.
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Avoid Peer Pressure
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Avoid friends who are a bad influence. You don’t want to make any bad decisions that will adversely affect your studies. Find friends in school or class that will help you achieve your goals’ by offering motivation and support. Look for friends with similar goals. With all your studying, do make some time to socialize with friends, but go easy on the drinking. It takes your body a long time to recover from a night of excess drinking.
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Set Aside Disruptions
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Separate romantic relationships from school. When love is not separated from school then it may cause problems with your studies. It is better not to have a love life while studying in order to maintain focus on your goals. Problems regarding your relationship may cause distractions. You might be focusing on how to fix your relationship problems rather than focusing on your studies. Keep the television or radio turned off during study time. If you have a program you enjoy watching or video game you like to play…create a weekly schedule to balance study time and relaxation time.

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