Friday, May 25, 2012

Start School Strong, Start it Right! Scotch® and Post-it® Brands Share Tips to Help You Get that A!

Starting off your college life is an exciting milestone. There are many opportunities to for you to grasp, experiences to savor, and goals to attain once you enter college. With that being said, let’s focus on “goals to attain”. Once the homework and assignments start to pile up, don’t let that rain on your parade. Achieving number one may be a tough cookie to bite, but it is not impossible when you learn how to get there. Fortunately, you don’t have to go unequipped, because with the right tools and mind set, you can surely succeed and you’ll find that university is that much more enjoyable. Here are tips on how you can make studying fun and getting those A’s more achievable:

1. Give yourself a heads up!
At the start of every semester, expect to get a course guide. The course guide will give you a schedule of what to expect per class. A tip to help you be on your toes as often as possible is to have a visual on hand. Try printing out a calendar of topics from your course guide which you may stick on your study table. Stick it using Scotch® Magic™ Tape that comes in a cute Rabbit Dispenser! It won’t damage your table unlike other adhesives so changing calendars every month is as easy as 1-2-3! Remember: Being on track gives you a whole lot of edge!

2. Don’t forget to take your textbook to class and get familiar with it!
Taking notes during class is helpful in knowing what key points you need to remember and what the professor wants to emphasize. Often times, your professor will expound on topics that are not in your textbook. These are key points that that you need to catch. When he throws these points at you, catch them by jotting them down on Post-it® Original Notes. It even comes in variety of colors such as Canary Yellow, Lavander, Green, Pink, Blue, and Orange. You may organize the key points by topic and write them in similar colors so you can easily distinguish which explanation goes with each topic being discussed. Then, post your key idea right next to the topic being discussed in the text book, this way you will be reminded when you backtrack at home or review for quizzes.

3. You’ll see what you need to remember by flagging textbooks!
Highlighting keywords and definitions can be helpful when you’re reading through each section or chapter. However, when you have too many highlighter marks, it can defeat the purpose of highlighting. When you go through your textbook, rather than highlighting all the terms you see and things you need to review, mark them with Post-it® Flags. Marking the things that you want to review can help prioritize what really needs to be highlighted from smaller ideas that add to the big picture.

4. Do more to understand the notes in your notebook!
Now that you’ve gone to class and marked all the important terms, keeping your lecture notes clean and organized is the next step. Rewriting your notes into organized thoughts can help better organize the lectures into your head. When you’re able to take notes from the lecture and textbook and reword it neatly, you help yourself understand the material better.

When you’re done with all of your notes, keep them in order with Post-it® Page Markers. You can easily write on Page Markers and place it on the edge of your notebook to make finding sections quickly and easily.

There are many ways to study, but the most important thing for a freshie like you is to find the best technique and use the best tools to excel in class. You may start up with the tips above to help you out.

With a determined mindset, developed study habits, and a dedication to learn without limits, you will definitely burn the midnight oil throughout your college years without burning yourself out!

Make each day count and enjoy your new start! Scotch® Magic™ Tape, Post-it® Notes, Post-it® Flags, and Post-it® Page Markers are trademarks of 3M.

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