Do you often get stuck when it comes to studying effectively or studying at all for that matter? If so, you’re not alone. From attending lectures at college to completing your assignments on time and being able to have a social life, it becomes difficult to cram in that ‘study time’ you’ve wanted to dedicate every day ever since you promised yourself that this academic year would be different – trust us, we know.
We don’t want you to end up just winging this semester, too. So, to make your life a little easier we’ve come up with 6 simple practices that will not only help you study better but also quickly and effectively.
- If you’re doing it, you might as well do it right:
First thing first – if you’re attending lectures make sure it doesn’t go for a toss during your exams. Go to class, listen to what the professor has to say and most importantly – take notes. Sometimes, those scribbles in your book are enough to pass an exam. You can even compare your notes with others to see what you’ve missed out on.
Also, when submitting your assignment try to complete it without looking for answers in your notes or peeking in your books or asking for help unless you really need it. And even though it seems like too much work, these mental gymnastics will pay off later. That being said, go through your mistakes – see where you went wrong.
- Stop procrastinating:
We’ve all aced in procrastination, right? It may sound difficult but it is not impossible. Don’t get overwhelmed with everything you have to do and also, stop putting things off which may be one of the reasons that are leading to more problems. Take baby steps, and get yourself started.
- Apps can help you too:
Even though you’re habitual (and addicted) to your phone, you need to keep it aside. If that’s too much there are apps you can download which wouldn’t allow you to access your phone, ironic, isn’t it?
- Schedule it! :
Although it sounds old school, scheduling always helps! Dedicate more time to the subjects you find challenging than the ones that you find easy. Spend at least 2 hours studying every day, if not more. Start with the subject you like to get yourself in the mood for studying. Once you have your schedule, stick to it.
- Take breaks:
Do you spend all their time studying, particularly on days leading up to exams? If yes, Stop right there – don’t crash and burn. When it comes to studying, quality is far more important than quantity. So, step out – go for a walk with a friend or spend some time exercising. It is believed you are far more likely to retain the information you study if you allow some time for daily exercise and socialization.
- Quiz yourself:
Reading a page over and over can be boring, but repeated re-reading is not the best way to get the information to stick in your mind. If you want to make sure that you’ve really understood – test yourself! To make it interesting you can do this with your friends. Forcing your brain to retrieve a piece of information improves your ability to recall it later on.
- Get enough sleep:
Did you know that your brain becomes less efficient with every hour of sleep you miss out on? Don’t sabotage your study efforts by staying up all night. You’re far better off to go to bed at a reasonable hour and pick up where you left off in the morning. In fact, studying just before you drift off can actually help you remember the material better.While you practice these don’t forget to reward yourself. You’ve been working hard – so, why not?