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The guide to studying and getting an A on all your classes!

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Syrius
Post #406088 - Reply to (#406084) by Crenshinibon
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I think your guide may be a little too specific. Like others here, I had pretty near a 4.0 in high school (3.87, iirc, but that's really just a number), and did next to none of the things you suggest. My lower performances were just all in classes with professors I hated and couldn't be bothered to actually do the work for.

It might help someone who has no idea what they're doing, but the truth of the matter is that academics really only tests a couple core skill sets. It's perfectly possible to, regardless of your intelligence (remember, wotonito, being "smart" is a measure of inherent capacity, not the amount of knowledge you have. Two totally different things, though I daresay that we'd find Syrius more believable if he typed eloquently and with proper grammar, not that I'm exactly a bastion of the form myself) get straight A's if you just pay attention during class and, more than anything else, just do the work. It's not hard.

Besides, it's not like grades are really a measure of intelligence or knowledge anyway. It just measures your academic ability, which as most people who actually live in the "real world" after college can tell you, pretty much counts for jack.


I'm online and i haven't slept in like 30 hours so i'm not going to be typing in proper MLA,CMS,or APA format to prove my intelligence.


That wasn't intended as an insult. I know plenty of intelligent people whose typing is a total mess. I was just talking about how it appears, if anything I was responding to wotonito's comment about you.


I assumed that but I was just trying to clarify.Online I try to type in a cognitive form of grammar but Im not gonna go out of my way to be proper,plus my grammar after not sleeping starts to get horrible.


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Naw but for number 8, I meant that if you do the harder ones, then you can learn the easy ones at the same time. Thus its a two for one and you can save more time in which you can use to study the other problems.

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Naw but for number 8, I meant that if you do the harder ones, then you can learn the easy ones at the same time. Thus its a two for one and you can save more time in which you can use to study the other problems.


But most harder problems are comprised of smaller problems so if you learn the smaller ones first and build up,it's gives you a more solid foundation to build on

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Naw but for number 8, I meant that if you do the harder ones, then you can learn the easy ones at the same time. Thus its a two for one and you can save more time in which you can use to study the other problems.


But most harder problems are comprised of smaller problems so if you learn the smaller ones first and build up,it's gives you a more solid foundation to build on


This is correct. It's easier for most people to reduce a problem than to try to tackle a larger one. It doesn't really make sense to do it the other way around. "Harder" generally just means more complex, and the obvious way to stop it from being difficult is to reduce the complexity.

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Naw but for number 8, I meant that if you do the harder ones, then you can learn the easy ones at the same time. Thus its a two for one and you can save more time in which you can use to study the other problems.


But most harder problems are comprised of smaller problems so if you learn the smaller ones first and build up,it's gives you a more solid foundation to build on


This is correct. It's easier for most people to reduce a problem than to try to tackle a larger one. It doesn't really make sense to do it the other way around. "Harder" generally just means more complex, and the obvious way to stop it from being difficult is to reduce the complexity.


Learning the Harder problems and then the easier ones is like trying to run a 50 mile marathon before learning to walk


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Naw but for number 8, I meant that if you do the harder ones, then you can learn the easy ones at the same time. Thus its a two for one and you can save more time in which you can use to study the other problems.


But most harder problems are comprised of smaller problems so if you learn the smaller ones first and build up,it's gives you a more solid foundation to build on


This is correct. It's easier for most people to reduce a problem than to try to tackle a larger one. It doesn't really make sense to do it the other way around. "Harder" generally just means more complex, and the obvious way to stop it from being difficult is to reduce the complexity.
I'll have to think about this one then.


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Naw but for number 8, I meant that if you do the harder ones, then you can learn the easy ones at the same time. Thus its a two for one and you can save more time in which you can use to study the other problems.


But most harder problems are comprised of smaller problems so if you learn the smaller ones first and build up,it's gives you a more solid foundation to build on


This is correct. It's easier for most people to reduce a problem than to try to tackle a larger one. It doesn't really make sense to do it the other way around. "Harder" generally just means more complex, and the obvious way to stop it from being difficult is to reduce the complexity.
I'll have to think about this one then.


Im trying to think of an example for this principle but my math skills seem to have escaped me a few hours ago.If i remember in my zombie state.Factoring a Trinomial in two Variables would fall under this.If you try to learn this before Learning how to do Binomials or Monomials then you will have a harder time


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I will add one thing though

8) Doing hard problems= Can do easy problems
If you can do the hard problems, you can do the easy problems, so why spend a lot of time on easy problems?

If you can do easy problems then the Hard ones should be more simple.Like if its math,I divide the hard problems into smaller more easy problems.


It works both ways, really. Just depends on your thinking style. As long as you can do both the hard and easy problems in the end the trip getting there doesn't matter. (:

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My god am I glad I don't need to revise for anything ever again.

Just looking at that guide gives me bad memories of ridiculously boring daily revision and the horrible sick feeling you get a day before the test. I'm talking about the real tests as well. The ones that actually count. Forget the shitty ones they give you in class, they mean nothing.

I have to say my revision method was always rather odd. I never stuck to a routine, I hardly ever bothered to revise in groups and I always used to try and get around answering exam questions, apart from maths, because the best way to revise for maths was doing past papers. But things like Psychology, I just liked learning the information and hated answering exam questions. Stupid? Perhaps, but I did decent enough in the end so it worked anyway laugh
I never bothered to condense the information as well. I was told by so many people that the best way to memorise things was to condense the information into these key words that then trigger a memory etc etc and stick them up on your wall or something so you see them and memorise that trigger word and it all comes rushing back. I never did it because I always started revising too late, thus not having enough time to go through everything, and I was completely lazy as well. It took too much effort XD
I got worse as the years went on, I'm not going to lie. I got extremely lazy and didn't really give a damn. I managed to pass everything though. I probably would have done pretty amazing had I actually cared seeing I did well enough without really trying laugh


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^ I see some uncanny resemblance here...

I need to stop procrastinating this year. Perhaps try to study all year round, instead of piling it up at the last minute and giving up. Fortunately I've been able to pass my A levels with good - decent results though.

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I was ecstatic when I found this forum. These are all rules I've heard before, but I've never discovered what my study style is. I'm currently repeating grade 12 for the fifth time (I started grade 12 in '06). I've got a 77% average (Canada), but it was a long road to even get 77 because I skipped classes, was late several times, and never bothered to do homework or study. To give you an example: in one school year, I racked up over 30 absences, and over 70 lates. These numbers look really stupid, but I was unmotivated and did not realize the seriousness and value of education. I would be floored if I made it into University AND got scholarships and I know it's possible.

On the positive side, I have achieved high marks before: a few 100s on math tests, 90s on exams and ISUs (Independant Study Unit, in Ontario, Canada, this accounts for 30% of the final mark, like a final project one has to continually work on WHILE juggling their daily homework). My top 3 Grade 12 marks are 88, 85, and 83, so it is possible for me.

I would like to see my bleak status in the present change. I tend to do well if I work on hmwk right after class at the school because it gets done, and I know it's absolutely impossible to work at home.

I start to get weak and fall off the horse in a course, but sometimes I've stayed on. It's a question of commitment and wanting to do better for oneself. I just don't want to repeat this in University when I'll be owing thousands of dollars, and there's currently NO money left for student loans in my province. A counsellor once told me it was called "self-sabotage".

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I really should try this..I get A's and B's on my classes without studying and etc
But, I really need to change my lazy habits. I'll try this out

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Hey I'm wondering... What are the meaning for those 4.0, 4.2, 5.0 .... stuff? 'Cause I don't understand and now I'm curious confused

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Hey I'm wondering... What are the meaning for those 4.0, 4.2, 5.0 .... stuff? 'Cause I don't understand and now I'm curious confused

It's GPA, grade point average.

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It's GPA, grade point average.


Okay thanks smile

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