Holding back your lessons is not innate. Even if you reread them over and over again, you don’t always manage to integrate them. Do not panic! There are ways to focus well and get involved in learning. Here are some principles that could help you get back on your feet.

“Memorizing a lesson is not enough.” Here is the basic principle advocated by Hélène Weber, a psycho-sociologist who, when she is not teaching students in engineering schools, explains to your teachers how to motivate you. She gives us her best advice to learn lessons effectively.

# 1. To understand well

“To learn well as a student, you first need to understand what you are learning. But you also need to know what your teachers’ goals are. In other words, the lessons need to be meaningful to you . ‘is that after that, that you will be able to grasp “tips” to memorize better, and faster. 

So if you don’t see the point of a lesson or what to take away from it, go see your teacher and ask. Please do not hesitate to ask for clarification. Not only will it show that you are interested in the course, but also that you are mature.

# 2. Find his place

To learn, you must also have found your place within the establishment. This assumes that you feel good in your body, that you have friends, good relations with the teachers but also that you know why you go to class in the morning. It may be simply to get good grades, to move up to the next grade, or even because you want a specific education. No matter the motivation, big or small, what it takes is to have it.

But, if you’re not feeling well in middle or high school, say so! To an adult in the establishment (CPE, education assistant, teacher, home tutor, nurse, etc.) or outside (parents, grandparents, doctor, etc.), in any case, to someone who you trust. 

# 3. Believe in your abilities

To learn, you need to believe in yourself and in your abilities. You have to: to convince yourself of it, you just need to pay attention to what you are doing well rather than focusing on what you are missing. The exercise is not as simple as it seems because in your copies it is most often the errors that are pointed out.

When you learn a lesson or review a math test, set goals small at first, then higher and higher. It’s like climbing a mountain. From below, the effort may seem overwhelming, but if you think in stages, then anything becomes possible. 

# 4. Memory cards

There are techniques for memorizing such as mind mapping, which helps to understand and therefore learn lessons. Or else, memory cards (“flashcard”). These are particularly well suited for memorizing keywords, vocabulary, irregular verbs …

The principle is simple: you take a sheet that you cut into eight. On each small card, you write down information on the front and associated information on the back (it can be “tree” on the front and “tree” on the back / A math theorem on the front, its formula on the back). You take as many cards as you want. Once you’re done, you reread each card. Secondly, you reread it only on the front and try to remember the back. You repeat this operation twice, then you repeat the next day and on a regular basis.

Advantages of this method: it is quite fun. And writing the keywords forces you to select important course information. In addition, playing multiple times will reactivate your memory. However, no memorization without reactivation (repetitions) at a regular frequency. If you learn your lesson all at once, you might remember it for control but hardly beyond!

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