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