Student Success Stories: Heather A.
Heather A.'s Academic Success Story
In high school, I didn't study much in groups; in college, much of my studying is in groups. I feel I learn better when I can teach other people information and we can exchange notes taken in class because sometimes other students pick up on more important information than others.
My overall study method: I prefer to study in small groups and practice problems where I can work out the methods verbally with others.
My test study method: I have very different techniques. For financial tests, I try to work on problems given in class as well as problems from powepoints and homework. When it comes to marketing classes, I review my notes and try to make diagrams to describe different processes.
My time management secret: One of my biggest secrets is to look over the information that you just learned when class is over. After reviewing the information, it sticks a little bit better than waiting until the night before the test.
How I deal with multiple projects/tests: I try to work on whatever has the shortest deadline and work from there.
My overall study method: I tend to do massive studying blocks of about an hour or so in order to really learn the material.
How I've overcome an initial bad grade: When receiving a bad grade, I just try to do better on the second exam and study harder. It's hard when you have your first test in a class and have no idea what to expect. The second one is usually easier since you know what to expect from your teachers.
My strategies for written assignments: Start early and make sure that you have it proofread. Also, with written assignments, having a timeline planned out can help like by setting a certain number of pages done by a certain day before the paper is due.
How I succeed in team projects: COMMUNICATION! Despite your group synergy, communication is crucial. I remember I ran out of cell phone minutes constantly when working on a group project for my marketing research class. It's really important that everyone is on the same page and getting the same emails. The worst is when two people are working on the same portion of the project and don't even realize it.
My great academic success: In my principles of marketing class, we had to come up with a new product and sell it. My group ended up with a couple supposedly bad students according to our teacher since they were the last ones picked. In the end, they helped out more than needed since I was team leader I assigned them certain pieces of the project that became solely their responsibility. Delegating work always helps since it allows a group member individual work without separating the group.
English, math, foreign language tips: Math basically just takes practice. I always tell students to take a blank piece of paper and write everything you know about what you've learned or what you're studying for in the class. If you don't remember everything or start drawing blanks, then you need to study more and review your notes. Note cards work really well for foreign languages.
Here are my final words of wisdom for students who want to get better grades in college: Go to class, make friends with people in class just in case you're absent, and remember that you should want to learn.
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