Can u pass with an A + without studyingthe whole book?

South Korea
September 3, 2008 3:15am CST
Odd i know, but I find it frustrating reading every word of six textbooks of six subjects, I don't mean no studying, but is it not gonna help if you just answer a whole lot of questions rather than reading it up? can we become practical rather than parrots?
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@monkeysay (228)
• Singapore
3 Sep 08
I think it really depends on the subject. For languages, I don't read my textbook at all. The most I'll probably do is read the newspapers or more books. For sciences, it is important to both read and do questions. There are some definitions you'll have to memorize, and the best way you can learn concepts is to read. But you must also do questions. Questions test your understanding of concepts. Sometimes if you don't understand the concept well, the question will stump you if it is asked in a different manner. I hope you understand what I've said. Read and do questions! Good luck for your exams, remember work hard and you won't feel regret after your exams. Just my 0.2 cents, hope it helped.
• South Korea
3 Sep 08
YOur answer is very helpful indeed, I am a science freak, not the physics, but more like what the scientists have discovered and all, and a little math. It totally does not make sense reading the whole text book though, because I understand the content of it, only when I have to look up for certain questions i read it out on text books. About memorizing, I don't like to memorize what I don't understand. Otherwise I prefer putting it in my own words, but sometimes there's no better words, since some books are written in the same style I write. I totally agree, I am a self taught student, and I am for now won't have lecturers, so it's basically books and books. I prefer reading one subject from many books than from one book alone, because some books explain it rather irrelevently compared to others, I like it straight to the point. I was stump so many times, because I didn't go through exercises and questions, and found out in school that it wont' help if i just study the work. Experience is important, so experience will be rewarded by a lot of question answering, I'll rate you on this!
• United States
3 Sep 08
I wish I could do this. I have to study the whole textbook in order to get at least a B in any of my classes. On the other hand, my brother never really had to study for a class, and he always managed to pass his test, and make good grades in all of his classes. I do not know how he did it. I would like to be that smart because then I would not have to worry so much about passing or failing all of the time. I always feel like I am less intelligent than other people. My boyfriend tells me that I am smart, but I always feel less intelligent than he is. Although, I can see why he says that I am smart because I am focused, and I work hard to make good grades in all of my classes. Working hard is where my strengths are.
• South Korea
3 Sep 08
I think it is the matter of the mind... some people believe it is a must to read the textbook, and others will just feel that they must trust on their talents, and luck. When I study, I usually preview the book, and the most important part of every heading is the introduction or lets say the first paragraph, once i understand the first paragraph I avoid spending all my time on the paragraphs...and in order for me to see if I understood the work, i test my performance by answering questions, if I do not get it right, then I look it up, when one becomes more practical then one learns more and the experience cannot be forgotten therefore the chances of getting the wrong answer in the exam is small. I also sometimes get those anxiousness, and I am also that that i am smart and intelligent, but i do feel sometimes feel inferior..it's a threat, that's a matter of the mind again, so if you believe you'll make it, nothing stops you but ifyou believe it's hard it'll be hard. So you can choose y0ur level of challenge not the course itslef.
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• United States
3 Sep 08
Thank you for saying that because I always feel so stupid when other people tell me that they have their studies done and they did not have to lift a finger. I have horrible, and I mean HORRIBLE, test anxiety, and it eats away at me sometimes. I will study for hours, and I will feel like it is never enough. I always wish that I was granted the gift of a great memory, or that I could think as quickly as others, but apparently, none of that is in the cards for me. And my family is just on my back to graduate college because they will feel like I am a failure if I do not, I will feel like a failure if I don't.
• South Korea
3 Sep 08
i do get anxiety attacks now and then, but i shouldn't forget how well i did though, but it'sjust fear, and i know there's nothing to fear about, I thought that I am losing track of my intelligence, but I know this is self illusions. Just breaking that fear is the greatest accomplishment, plus even if I do alot of work, I think I am not made to do little, cos I can't sleep at night without draining myself
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@pkraj111 (2460)
• India
3 Sep 08
I am rather good at doing it. In my school days I used to spend my whole time reading novels. But I always passed with distiction. hehehe
@pkraj111 (2460)
• India
3 Sep 08
I prepared only for the questions that appeared in the last 5 years. That's my secret. Also I have a photographic memory, which helped me a lot.
3 Sep 08
siply listen to your teacher and focus onb things that she repeats daily.those are probably the ones to come out on an exam
• South Korea
3 Sep 08
I absolutely agree with you... that's what I have been doing ages, and I always stand out...I hardly read word to word from a textbook, instead, i understand as if it were natural
@Holv03 (535)
• United States
4 Sep 08
out of all the answers ive read I think the first one is the best one probly cuz i do the same thing and I still manage to get an A. I think that you learn more and catch things better by listening than by reading them because when you read something you forget about it like an hour after but when you hear something you still remember that days after you heard it.
@tianli (311)
• China
4 Sep 08
Interest is our best teacher.In my college ,I always learn many subjects ,some of the subjects are difficult to learn and boring ,I just get a pass .But I spend much time on my specialized courses.Because I will depend on these knowledge to hunt a satisfactory job.
• South Korea
4 Sep 08
what you are saying is very true, because i do well in those subjects i pay much attention to, as well as love them... about the subjects that i lack interest in, i do okay.