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Do you want to be smarter?

January 11, 2010
By Claire Westlie GOLD, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Claire Westlie GOLD, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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Everyone’s been there. The teacher hands the test or paper back and you bombed it, but your neighbor got an A+ complete with a star sticker and a giant GOOD! written on top of the page. Don’t you just hate them?

Here’s the secret to their success and the key to yours; studying. As much as we complain and procrastinate, studying is the way to success. Not everyone is a star studier, but there are few reasons you should crack the book open and exit out of Facebook.

The kid that makes the flashcards, the student you see writing notes while the teacher is talking, and that nerd that always does their homework probably has better grades than you. The facts are in and students in high school need to spend at least 3 hours studying a night, according to .

How much are people really studying? Senior Elizabeth Hanson feels she studies the right amount. “I usually study 10 hours a week and I feel this is a pretty good amount of time.” she said.

There is a group of kids who are working part-time jobs, dedicated to sports, or just get too busy with life, but there’s always time to cram in a study session.

Set aside at least an hour a night for studying and try to keep it at the same time. When that hour arrives, turn off the TV, put your phone on silent and log off Facebook. Find a comfortable spot and focus. Review the notes, read the textbook, and think about what is being taught in every class.

You’ve got a brain, use it!

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