Studying isn’t simply for the night before an assignment is due or a test.
It’s never too early — or too late — to start cultivating effective study habits.
The sooner you get into a decent study routine, the easier things will be and the more likely you will be to obtain high grades.
Here are our top ideas for making the most of your study time.
1. Chose space and time carefully
Everyone has a different opinion on the ideal place and time to study. Find a study area and a regular study time that works for you, whether it’s your bedroom at night or the library after school, and stick to it.
Create a study place — Your study area should be peaceful, comfortable, and devoid of distractions. It should make you happy and inspire you. Decorate it with your favorite photos or items. Choose a location that allows you to listen to music or burn incense.
Determine your most productive time — Some individuals work best in the morning. Others are more productive at night. Determine the best time for you to study and stick to it. Don’t study much later than your typical bedtime Because staying up late might cause you to be too exhausted to study adequately.
2. Study every day
If you study a little amount every day, you’ll be revisiting stuff in your head all the time. This will help you comprehend what is going on. It also relieves the burden of last-minute cramming.
Early in the year, an hour or two of sleep every night may be plenty to keep on top of things. Later in the year, you may find that you need to study more each day.
If you’re having trouble finding time to study, consider cutting back on some (but not all!) of your other hobbies. Prioritizing study may include spending less time online, reducing shifts at work, or skipping weekend sports for a period.
3. Having a schedule
It helps to have some plans in motion, so you can make the most of your study time.
Set reminders — Set reminders to remind you of your study plans. A frequent reminder keeps you honest and on track with your plans.
Make use of a wall planner — Place a calendar or wall planner where you can view it while studying. Make a note of significant dates, such as examinations and assignment deadlines. You may also use it to schedule your normal study time.
Make to-do lists — Lists help you divide down chores into manageable parts. Make a list of the things you need to get done by the end of the week at the start of the week. Make a to-do list at the outset of each study session as well, so you know what you need to do with your time.
Set time limitations — Before you begin your study session, go over your to-do list and assign a time restriction to each job. If you don’t finish anything in the allotted time, decide if it’s a better use of your time to continue working on it or to start working on something else.
4. Understand yourself
The majority of us have a favourite method of learning. Learn about your preferred learning style and study in the methods that work best for you.
It’s important to note that these styles are merely different ways of thinking about different studying strategies — they’re not hard and fast laws that state you should only study one way. Try each of these methods and see which you prefer.
Auditory learners prefer to learn by hearing rather than reading. Try reading your notes aloud and talking about them with others. You might want to record and playback critical points.
Visual learners like to learn through observation. To assist convey significant concepts, try using colors in your notes and drawing diagrams. You might try to recall certain ideas by visualizing them.
Tactile/kinaesthetic learners prefer hands-on learning. To review crucial topics, use approaches such as role-playing or making models.
5. Review and revise
You should review what you’ve learned in class at least once a week. Thinking about things can help you comprehend them and remember them when you need them the most.
Question — Have a friend or family member quiz you on important ideas. Offer to assist your buddies with their homework as well. Quizzes are a terrific method to gain confidence in what you know while also determining what you still need to learn.
Create your own learning materials — Make up some practice exam questions or make your own flash cards to assist you in your studies. You learn everything twice: first when you create the study materials and again when you utilize them to revise.
6. Take breaks
It’s critical to take pauses when studying, especially if you’re weary or upset. Working on a job for an extended period of time might actually reduce your performance.
Make an effort to get away from your desk or study area whenever you take a break. A little physical activity — even just a stroll around the block — may sometimes help you look at an issue in a new light and even help you solve it.
7. Ask for help
You may always ask for help if you’re stuck on something or if something doesn’t seem to make sense. Discuss what you don’t comprehend with your professors or lecturers. Talk to your friends and classmates as well.
8. Stay motivated
When you’re studying, it’s helpful to remember why you’re doing all of this hard work, such as a course or career you’re pursuing. It might be beneficial to have something in your study area to remind you of your objectives.
You might also use inspiring slogans or images of people you like and family members you want to make proud of you to adorn your study environment.
9. App it up
There are several applications available to assist students with various parts of their studies. Talk to your friends, professors, and professors to find out which applications they recommend.
You should also look at the iTunes Collections page for iPads for Learning, which includes connections to Australian Curriculum courses on iTunes U as well as educational applications for high school, middle school, and elementary school kids.
10. Look after yourself
You will study more effectively if you take care of yourself. Make sure you eat healthily, get enough sleep, and exercise. Don’t overindulge in sugary or fatty food, and don’t force yourself to study late at night. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water while you’re studying.