I met a guy at Starbucks yesterday who told me to have my kids watch the video I’ve linked to below. I’m amused, as I don’t know that it would do my kids much good yet. I do, however, think it’s well worth watching. I think that principle #1 is timeless. If you don’t have a goal, then you’re aimless. If you have a goal, but no plan, then you’re probably inefficient in achieving the goal. So, we set goals and make plans to achieve them. These general life principles certainly apply to studying. Give a look at Midnight Tutor’s study tips; it’s worth your time.
One thing I want to add is that, in studying (not unlike life itself, it seems to me), attitude makes or breaks one’s efforts. I’ve found that if I approach studying with a heavy, negative attitude, that it makes the learning process slow and hard. On the contrary, if I mentally prepare to tackle the information with excitement, then the learning process is fast and enjoyable. One can either be overcome by the study material or *purposefully*conquer it. Which will it be? This is something that homeschool parents need to teach their young students. The video above won’t help my six-year-old memorize his math facts, but a good and positive attitude sure will.
Simple summary: your attitude is your first and (possibly) most powerful tool in studying.