Sick of spending all of September trying to remember
everything you learned last semester? Soar to the top of the class on the very
first day back by using your noggin and a smidge of time every day or two to
work on your recall. Read on for our top three get-ahead tricks. Could good
grades really be this easy? Answer: You bet!
Use it, don’t lose it
Don’t panic! We’re not asking you to spend your summer
vacation going over practice problems. Toss those worksheets aside and enjoy
yourself, sweetie—you deserve it! But when a puzzle comes your way, we want you
to tackle it. A summer camper wants to know why it’s cooler by the lake than it
is by the cabins? Dig deep into your science class smarts and whip out the
answer. Your annoying little cousin wants to know how much pie he has left if
he eats 2/3 of it? Give him a lesson in fractions. Figure out the tip on your
fam’s restaurant bill. Look up words you don’t recognize from the newspaper or
a beach read.
Instead of burning your books, push ‘em off to the side of
your desk…for now. But when you have 30 seconds free, grab a notebook and read
a couple of pages of notes, or figure out how to work that math problem. You’ll
keep your skills sharp and be better able to pull facts to the front of your
mind the next time they’re needed.
Two weeks before you’re set to go back to school—or two
weeks before you’re heading to an academic camp or summer school—block out an
afternoon for you and your books. Gather together all of your papers and your
best notes (rewrite or type them if you need to) and create cheat sheets that
you can use for reference. Since a lot of school subjects require knowledge you
learned the year before for more advanced ideas, it helps to have a set of
notes to give ya an easy-access foundation of information. Talk about cinchy!
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 6/20/2012 4:27:00 PM
POSTED IN studying secrets, boost your grades, smart girl secrets, get all A's this year, get your act together guide