With the last wisp of smoke from the battle of midterms fading into the wintry air, we now find ourselves face-to-face with inevitability of getting our grades back. One post from USecrets sums up the whole phenomenon splendidly: “Don’t know which is scarier to check, my grades on OWL or my bank account balance.” While it’s funny and true, the post is also a subtle and accurate reflection of how seriously we tend take our grades. Unfortunately, life does have a habit of throwing a wrench into our perfectly-laid plans and our grades aren’t always where we would like them to be. So, the decision. Faced with a grade that almost gave you a heart attack, where would you go from there?
The answer for most people is quite simple: just study harder. As to what “study harder” means, depressingly few people can define. Does it mean longer hours? Well, we’ve all went through the mind-numbing mid-term crunch, and we had all suffered through the endless library hours that bears more resemblance to a war of attrition than anything else. Given that we are already as exhausted and sleep-deprived as it is, longer studying hours seems more likely to get us into a mental ward than it is to get us the 4.0 GPA.
However, there must be a better way. The key to “study harder” is not to pitch a tent in Taylor, and study until you faint; the key is to start studying more efficiently. Efficiency, the capability to accomplish more in the same amount of time, is what we truly need to solve the predicament in which we find ourselves.
And as a hard-bitten veteran of countless midterms and final exams, I can testify to the fact that that I would not have survived until now without improving my own studying efficiency. Over the next few weeks, I intend to distill all my three years of university experience into this series and talk about what practical measures you can take to enhance your own study efficiency.
Here’s the part I and part II and part III to this series. If you find this post interesting or helpful, like it to show your appreciation. If you have any thoughts on this matter, please don’t hesitate to comment below!