It may seem from the outside as though learning comes easy for the high-achievers who get great grades. You know who they are—the class “brainiacs,” the award winners, the straight-A students, the ones the teacher calls on most in class. The fact is, many of those high-achievers are just pre-wired to perform and practice many of the techniques contained in this book!
Don’t get too caught up in trying to match those straight-A students, though. Sometimes a “B” is the best you are capable of earning. If so, bravo for that “B”! Success is being the best student you in particular can be and achieving the highest grades you’re capable of achieving by following that age-old adage: “Just do your best.”
Sometimes it takes an academic slump to get you motivated to make a change. Sometimes motivation comes from an anxiety pushing you to make your family, teachers, or peers proud of you. But you should also read this book to improve because you want to.
You might already use some of the ideas suggested here. If so, keep up the good work. If not, try a few and you will likely achieve results right away. Remember, as a student you get to reinvent yourself each and every day socially and academically; you can decide to wake up tomorrow and implement some of these practical suggestions. Also, check out the “E-Quotes” in each chapter to read how actual students are applying these ideas and finding success.
As you already know and will learn more and more, academic performance and choices you make in school directly impact the possibility of attending the college or graduate schools you want. Beyond that, all of the suggestions of this book can be further applied to life experiences outside the classroom and in the workplace as well.
Do you need to be a straight-A student to benefit from the ideas contained in The Everything® Guide to Study Skills? Absolutely not. In fact, these strategies give average students the “secrets” that many high-achievers already put into practice. These ideas will help you reduce the stress of school by offering easy-to-digest, doable tips that you can put into practice right away. You will enjoy tangible rewards from your dedication in the form of improved academic and effort grades.