Successful students organize information, ask internal questions about what they are hearing, reading or seeing, and are interested.
If you are going through the motions of school : attending class, taking notes and completing your reading and written assignments, you are only doing part of the job. ESPECIALLY if you are not already interested in the subject, going through the motions is just that – the motion of moving info in and out of your head.
There is another possibility.
Invest in the material. Think about what you are hearing, reading and seeing. Ask questions : out loud, in your head or in the margins of your notes. Think about the information. That’s the key to becoming interested, making connections and keeping new info in your head for longer than it takes to get through the next quiz. You’ve got to invest a little to get something back. Good grades are only part of the reward. Being interested, thoughtful and creative will serve you throughout your life!