Are you struggling in one or more of your classes?

If so, you may have been looking for ways to become a better student. 

Search that question on the internet, and you will likely find a list of study habits that looks something like this:

  • Get Organized
  • Stay Motivated
  • Master Time Management
  • Study
  • Get Plenty of Sleep

Those tips are great and can be helpful for some students.  If you are struggling because you are slacking off or never learned good study habits, reminders to stay focused and care for yourself may be helpful.

However, while those kinds of lists may help you master general study skills, they are not the type of tips that can help you immediately improve your grades.

Our website offers a variety of tools aimed at helping you immediately perform better in school.  Showing you how to work smarter, not harder, makes it easier for you to master time management.  We give you practical organization tips.  We provide study guides and tangible tips to help you improve your grades 

We Help You Become a Better:

  • Writer
  • Learner
  • Test Taker

Becoming a Better Test Taker

In high school, college, and most graduate school programs, your test scores will be the majority of your grades.  Becoming a better test taker can help you dramatically improve your scores. 

There are two main reasons that students struggle with tests.  The first one is test anxiety.  The second one is failure to comprehend the material covered on the test. 

Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is natural.  Being nervous about something means that you care about the outcome and care about your tests' outcomes.  However, if you have too much anxiety, it can be crippling and negatively impact test performance. 

Some tips to help you avoid test anxiety include:

  • Studying
  • Establishing a pre-test routine
  • Communicating with your professor and classmates
  • Using relaxation techniques
  • Getting sleep
  • Exercising
  • Eating Right
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol, caffeine, or recreational substance use

Suppose you incorporate these techniques but still find that you are overwhelmed by tests. In that case, you might be experiencing something more than normal test anxiety.  We encourage you to explore that with your health professional to see if they have tools to help you manage excessive anxiety

Studying

The second primary reason that people do poorly on tests is that they fail to understand or retain the information that will be on the test.  In most, though not all, instances, you can fix this by practicing better study habits.

  • Study well before your test
  • Ask questions as soon as you get confused
  • Attend class
  • When you miss class, get notes
  • If your professor is confusing, find other resources
  • Use professional study guides to create your own study guides
  • Use flashcards for items you need to memorize
  • Ask classmates for help
  • Read and re-read all assigned material

Other Reasons Tests are Challenging

There are some other reasons that tests are challenging.  Understanding them can help you become a better student.

Do you have the background skills and knowledge to succeed in a subject?  Sometimes you select courses without realizing that you do not have the background for them.  Suppose you know that you will be struggling all semester. In that case, it might be wise to drop that class, take the courses you need to understand the material, and then retake the class at a later semester.

Is the professor bad?  Sometimes you get a lousy instructor.  If you are struggling with the material and notice that your classmates are struggling, the problem might be the teacher.  That is when you need to find out if you can get around the teacher's weaknesses by getting third-party help and tutoring. 

Are you learning the material in the first place?  Once students get to college, there are fewer daily checks on material comprehension.  How are you doing on homework?  Do you feel comfortable that you understand the reading?  Remember, it is up to you to recognize when you are struggling and get help.

Becoming a Better Learner

Increasing your comprehension is one key to better test scores.  We have several tools designed to break down complicated material and make it easier for you to learn.  When you incorporate these study tactics, you become a better learner.

Take better notes.  We notice that many students never learned how to take notes for critical information.  We have a tutorial on how to take better notes in class.  Review it to see if you are focusing on the correct information in your note-taking.

Use our tools to help you study.  We have a variety of tools designed to help you master study material, including:

  • Study Guides
  • Flash Card Generator
  • Homework Help
  • Tutorials

Becoming a Better Writer

While tests may form the backbone of your college GPA, writing assignments may form the bulk of your grade in your liberal arts classes.  Even in your non-writing courses, you must be able to write in a way that is

  • Clear
  • Effective
  • Grammatically correct
  • Reflects your understanding of the material

We are a company founded by writers to help students master the art and skill of writing.  While we have expanded beyond that initial goal, we remain focused on helping students become better writers.

We have a vast library of resources:

  • Tutorials.  We offer a range of tutorials on different essay types.  They take you step-by-step through writing specific kinds of essays, ensuring that you always understand how to approach a writing assignment.  
  • Topic-specific study guides.  We provide regular current event articles written in an academic style, which we update with essays on topical news items.  These not only help writers but also help students understand current events.
  • Outlines.  We have topic-specific outlines and skeleton outlines that you can use to help complete a particular type of essay.  These outlines provide a blueprint you can use to approach your assignment.
  • Sources.  We have a library of sources you can use to help find appropriate sources for almost any topic.  We also offer tutorials on how to find and select relevant sources for your academic assignment.
  • Citation Generators and Guides.  Use both of these tools to ensure that you are citing your sources correctly in your paper.
  • Title Generator.  Use this tool to find a title for an essay you have written.
  • Topic Generator.  Need help picking an interesting topic for your academic writing assignment?  Enter some information into our topic generator and let the brainstorming begin!
  • Conclusion Generator.  Even highly skilled writers can find conclusions challenging.  Use our conclusion generator to help you craft an exciting finale for your paper.

Conclusion

Even the most brilliant people can find some classes or some assignments challenging.  Use our website to get the help you need, and stop the struggle.