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How to Get a Straight A Average: Develop Better Study Skills

Updated on January 5, 2014

We live in a world where some seem to be born students and others need to develop skills for study. Those born to be a student seem smarter than everyone else. When they begin school they naturally get straight A’s right up to graduation. Going on to college and getting the skills to land the perfect job is a no-brainer. Some struggle to maintain a C average all through school and others barely pass or fail. Usually these types of individuals can’t wait to get out of school and get as far away from learning as possible. They usually spend the rest of their lives working at low paying, unfulfilling jobs. There are many reason why students don’t do well in school. If you asked them why they think this is so, the typical answer you will hear is “ I’m just not smart.” Except for physical brain damage or abnormality we all possess the same mental potential. However, many people have had this potential severely limited because of poor attitude, lack of desire or interest to learn, physical and emotional factors that interfere with learning, poor nutrition and lack of mental and physical exercise.

Developing skills for study requires confidence. If you do not believe in yourself and your ability to learn you will not do well. If you are convinced that you are only capable of getting C’s then that is what you will get. The first step to becoming an exceptional student is to convince yourself that you love to learn and you really enjoy the topic you are studying. When you do this you are programming your mind for success. Visualization is a powerful technique that you can use to change your self-image and become the kind of student you want to be. Simply imagine that you are already successfully performing the skills you want to learn. To be successful using this method you will need to consistently replace the old negative messages with new messages that make learning fun and easy.

Concentration is essential to develop skills for study. Emotional problems of any type will affect concentration. When feelings of fear, anxiety, resentment and anger are not dealt with, behavior and concentration are compromised. Low energy due to lack of exercise or poor nutrition will affect learning ability. Memory and attention can be hindered by toxins and heavy metals in the body. Medications that affect the central nervous system such as allergy medications will also interfere with learning ability and affect reaction time, motor skills, processing speed, worsen attention and cause drowsiness.

Studies have found that mental exercise increases brain power just like physical exercise increases physical strength and endurance. The best activities to increase brain power are learning new skills, playing games that rely on logic, word and math skills, changing your routine to challenge thinking, memorization, and solving crossword puzzles. Physical exercise has been found to improve learning ability, concentration, ability to plan, organize and handle several different tasks simultaneously. Physical exercise improves brain function by increasing the amount of glucose and oxygen that reaches the brain.

Reading can be very challenging if you have low blood sugar. Eating healthy meals regularly are important for normal, stable blood pressure. Many children and adults eat excessive amounts of white flour baked goods, sweets and processed, artificially sweetened foods which are linked to learning disabilities. These low quality foods deplete the body of B vitamins which are essential for healthy nerves. Instead eat foods that will improve learning ability such as whole grain cereals, breads, pastas and brown rice. Eat plenty of fresh green, leafy vegetables to avoid iron deficiency which causes decreased attentiveness. To satisfy sweet cravings, cleanse the body and provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, eat plenty of fresh fruit. Avoid processed meats like wieners, sugar loaded condiments such as ketchup, and dairy products.

If you are not getting adequate nutrition from food you should take supplements to make sure you get plenty of B vitamins. Vitamin C and E are also highly recommended and should be taken together with meals. Vitamin C promotes stress relief and breaks down free radicals captured by Vitamin E. Lecithin improves memory and zinc can improve short and long term memory.

Conclusion

 Good students are not good students at birth, they are developed through hard work and perseverance. Some had the good fortune and right circumstances to start very young developing their learning abilities. Others still may need to learn to be a better student. A combination of right attitude, elimination of physical and emotional hindrances, appropriate mental and physical exercise and proper nutrition can turn anybody into a student capable of effectively developing the skills they need to be highly successful. 

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      harrist 6 years ago from on the Net

      nice hubs thanks for sharing

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      Ollie 6 years ago

      Excellent exam study tips, thank you for sharing - they will be a big help.

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      ghomefitness 7 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Great info Steve!

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      newage123 7 years ago

      Thanks very informative ....

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      notorious_HAI 8 years ago

      It's exam time in here at the moment, i'm going to share this with the students...for next semester. Everybody is busy cramming at the moment! Concentration and commitment sounds so easy, but is so hard to put to practice at the best of time.

      Study is something that you do get better with age, experience and defined goals as well I think. Really good info.

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      heysmarty0 8 years ago

      Great Hub and a very good message. Not only students infact everyone of us has gained from this post as we all are in the process of learning througout our life

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      sam 8 years ago

      good guide for students and really motivate and can identify the students weakness.good work

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      foxility 8 years ago

      It also depends on the teacher though. If i'm not interested in a subject I won't be able to learn anything from it... I need a teacher to make it interesting for me.

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      neophytebevs 8 years ago from Philippines

      I beleive students should not only nget As but also try to learn the proper attitude for every aspect in life! good Hub!

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      katyzzz 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I was born with more than my fair share up top, and come into the good student category, can't say it's got me anywhere much. There are very many paths leading to success and happiness in life and you've really addressed the student issues very well indeed. Well done.

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      Jennifer Bhala 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great hub. We are all students at all times. So t his info. is relevant always.

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      born to be free 8 years ago

      Hello Steve,

      Great info., and right on target. I am living proof of your example.

      The one thing I remember about my old School days was that I was really lucky in that most of my Teachers made everything so dog gone interesting that I couldn't help but fall in love with devouring everything they would throw on my plate. It was still hard work, but with the desire they planted in me, it really was a fun time.

      Nobody ever dreamed that I would progress as I did, my first two years in School, I couldn't even speak, for some reason my tongue was tied. LOL. One Teacher took a liking to me and worked with me until my tongue worked right. Ever since then I have not been able to make it stop..:-)

       

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      britneydavidson 8 years ago from united kingdom

      great hub,very very informative and full of knowledge.thanx.i will surely publish your message in public as much as i can so students can gain much better.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is great. I've learned that it is a matter of desire. When you love the subject you excel and can't get enough. I think much of it comes from the fact that some teachers just cannot get across to the students the importance or the exciting aspects of some subjects.

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      roastedpinebark 8 years ago from Iowa

      I agree alot with you but have to give mention to izettl, she had a good point about specialization which I have to agree with. I actually fall under the lucky "straight A student from birth" categorty but lately I just haven't been connecting as well with material im not interested in. I especially enjoyed the dehydration emphasis which I totally agree with. Thanks for a great site!

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      smichael308 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is such a great hub! Thanks for the tips!

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks for this very comprehensive hub. I have learnt a lot from it.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      I hope this hub reaches all parents and children out there. Great info.

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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Stevemark, very well written hub. I think also that we should distinguish between "studying" and "learning". Some people are good students, in the sense that they do well in academic settings and know how to study for a test. Others like to learn, but do not necessarily do well on standardized tests. There is more than one learning style, but not all of them are recognized by the schools. The schools reward studying.

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      Yla Pamfilo 8 years ago from Philippines

      This is hub is very informative! Better let out all negative energies to be better at school! Hope this will be read by more students... I just did!

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Hi Steve. Good hub. Thanks.

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      auto expert 8 years ago from US

      very true,

      nutrition and physical as well as mental exercise are very vital for a healthy growth of a human being. Apart from this, an important aspect that cannot be ignored is 'Right Parental Guidance and support'. You need to have that to build in confidence in yourself and emerge as a better learner in every aspect of life.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      great information I am sure this will help the kids to concentrate and get better grades

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      BlogMom119 8 years ago from Stamford, NY

      Thank you for this article. I am looking for information about kinectic learners and how to help my kinectic learner son figure out math word problems. Any suggestions?

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      Barbie-Perkins 8 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

      Hi Steve,

      Great Information. Positive attitude and good nutrition are very important to be able to concentrate and learn.

      Thanks for sharing.  ~ Barbie Perkins

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      Purple Perl 8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Excellent hub,Steve! I am sure glad you added the nutrition part.

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi, very informative hub,and I do agree that it IS mental and that visualization can work wonders.

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I could have used this info back in my college days.

      Thanks.

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      mmiller 8 years ago

      Steve, can you recommend a specific test to find out about the toxins or heavy metals in the body?

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      Motaz 8 years ago from Egypt

      good advice

      thnx alot :)

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      Laura Irwin 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I agree with the nutrition aspect, but it's a lot mental. I was a C and D average student until I went to college where I picked most of my classes- many in my specific area of interest. I graduated 4.0 honors.

      Here's a huge factor~ specialization versus generalization. That's my theory and here's an example. Not too many people are very smart at everything, but many people can be very smart at one or just a few things. My dad has been invited to join Mensa and has been labled genius since he was in grade school, but it is difficult for him to work a microwave or drive a different car than he's used to, but he can calculate tons of numbers in seconds and give you the definition to anything in Black's law dictionary or Webster's Dic too. He is book smart, but not interpersonal smart or even things many of us label common sense.

      There are kids who do well in all subjects but will always find some of those subjects more difficult and that just boils down to effort.

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      Effective learning require confidence that is the good message

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      Jim Batuyong 8 years ago from Anaheim, CA

      Thanks for the info Steve. I have one kid in college and the other one in high school. They are both B average students but maybe I can help them do even better with some of your tips.