I'm definitely not the cleverest student, but I've been able to do reasonably well in school by studying. A lot. In high school and first-year university I was not an effective studier; it wasn't until second-year university that I figured out how to study. I don't like to think of the years prior to that as having been wasted with lacklustre studying; rather, it was during those years that I tried different study methods, eventually finding what worked best for me.

It is possible for anyone to learn anything -- and it is important to remind yourself of that. Sure, certain subjects may come easier to some people than others, but there is absolutely no inherent reason why you can't come to understand anything you set out to.

Often when I don't understand something it's because I've given up too early. Some things require a tremendous amount of persistence to reach the point where they "click". For me, it takes repetition. I know that I have to do hundreds of practice problems or draw out the same diagram several times. There's no denying that it's a lot of work. Eventually though, things will make sense to you -- and it will have been entirely worth it.

Remember, it is possible for you to learn anything.

Here are some study tips -- things that I have found work well for me. It would have been nice to have figured these things out in high school, so hopefully they may be useful to you if you're at that stage (or at any stage, really -- I still do all of these things!).

On getting organized to study:

On studying:

If you have any study tips or suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments!


  1. Just want to say Thank You for the studing tips! I`m a teacher from Brazil and I`m recomending your site to my students!
    Best regards

    1. Oh wow, I'm flattered! All the best to you and your students, Angelo!