Dourra Assani - August 9th 2020 - 2 min read

Hello, Young Minds!

As September approaches, we are sure some of you have already started sorting your school materials or making your back to school shopping list. Going through your old notebooks, we are sure you couldn’t help but think about how to achieve excellent grades in the next school year. And we are sure you will! To empower you with more tools, we decided to discuss the few things we think are essential for students to know. Whether you are in elementary, high school, or going into your first year of university or college, this could help.

+ Prepare for your classes: it seems weird at first, but once you get used to it, you will realize how beneficial it can be to read the chapters from your book that will be taught in class the following day. Even if you don’t entirely understand, once in class, when the teacher explains, you will understand even better since you’ve already had a look at it firsthand.

+ Rewrite your notes: in class, most of the time, we are in a rush to write everything that the teacher is saying/writing on the board, and it makes us take disorganized or even illegible notes. After class, when you still have everything fresh in your memory, rewrite those notes. Highlight, colour code, add book references, and draw anything to help you once you are studying for your exams.

+ Prepare a question notepad: When you are retaking the notes, write down all the things that were not clear. This will allow you to go to your teacher (or tutor) and ask them those questions. You can also use that notepad to study for your exam and make sure that now you understand everything that you may have had difficulty comprehending beforehand.

This was a shortlist, but we will soon be returning with more tips on making the most of your back to school season. More studying tools will also be included! The Help Young Minds team is also planning to have guest university blog writers give their experience on what it is like taking their degree, so stay tuned. In the meantime, take care, stay safe, and enjoy your summer!