There is just so much to do in a day and fitting studying in can be tough, but there are tips and techniques that can help you use your time more wisely and be more productive. It’s not about studying longer, cramming and pulling all-nighters. It‘s about being more effective when you sit down to study.
Stick to a Schedule
Don’t just try to fit studying in someone between all the other things you have going on. Set up times that you will dedicate 100 percent of your focus to studying. Having a schedule and studying at the same time each day will mean that you are mentally prepared to be in study mode and this make the most of the time you have carved out for that task. Also knowing that you have a set amount of time to accomplish your studying will help you get to it quicker and just get it done.
Get Mentally Prepared
If you’re hungry or distracted you won’t be able to focus on the material in front f you. Be prepared to sit down and do the work. Bring snacks, if necessary. Turn off your cell phone and don’t accept texts. This is your time to study. Don’t procrastinate.
Pick a Location Conducive to Studying
Your studying environment matters. Trying to study in your dorm room when there are too many distractions is likely to take away from being productive. Pick somewhere quiet where you have no distractions. The act of just walking to your study location or settling in will trigger a study mode. That’s why so many students still prefer the library.
By studying earlier in the day you are likely to be more alert. Waiting until later in the day or the wee hours of the morning will make processing information harder. You’ll also feel more pressure and stress to get it done if you leave things until the end of the day, which means you absorb less information.
Get the Hard Stuff Out of the Way
You will also have the most mental energy at the start of your study sessions, which means tackling the hardest tasks and assignments will be easier if you are not mentally drained.
Trying to study too much at once is an overload and your brain just can’t absorb everything. Studying material in chunks and processing through it is more valuable. Study in 20 to 50 minute chunks and then take brief 5 to 10 minute break before getting back to the books.
Set Study Goals
Have a list of goals to accomplish and work towards there during your valuable time. Know what is due and plan ahead. Going into your study session prepared is the best way to get the most out of it.
Study actively by reviewing your notes and quizzing yourself on key concepts. Don’t just memorize the material – understand it.
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Study Power: Study Skills to Enhance Your Learning and Your Grades: This book helps students grasp the basic fundamentals of effective study skills that are vital to learning success. It is packed with helpful tips and techniques to improve study skills by focusing on a variety of areas including note taking, summarizing, reading comprehension, memorization, test taking, preparing papers, time management and more.