The exams are knocking already and more than any time, it’s time to start adequate preparations to ensure success in your exams. This could be quite challenging, especially when you are faced with so much competing for your time and attention.
Nevertheless, the need to study cannot be ignored as this will determine your progress. Many result to cramming, long days of night studies (class) that results in a breakdown of the body at the end.
Therefore there is need for a smart and effective study habit. This will make your reading much productive, with better results.
This can be achieved with this ten study habits. They are guaranteed to improve your study and reading this semester;
Your Mindset and Approach Towards Study
Many students today, see studying as a compulsory and demanding task. They do not see it as opportunity to learn. A good mindset towards your book work will greatly transform your attitude towards your book work and ultimately, your performance.
There are times that you are unable to bring yourself down to study, such as when you are been distracted by a relationship issue or working on a very important project. At such times, you can keep from reading as it would be more frustrating, and less productive.
This simple methods will improve your mindset towards your book work;
- Learn to think in a positive manner about your book work; see the good side of your book work and how it will improve your skill and qualifications in the long run.
- Stop the negative thoughts about you and your book work. Instead of thinking that your book work has no work value, think otherwise.
- Learn to encourage yourself always; instead of cursing when you don’t get a problem right, tell yourself you will improve and seek out ways to make progress.
- Do not compare yourself with others, for this will only make feel worse about yourself.
A Good Place to Study
Many students make the mistake of studying at non-conducive places. Many attend night studies in halls with so many people, noise and distractions. This makes concentration more difficult to achieve. It is good you get a conducive and quiet environment to study.
Take With You All you Need and nothing you don’t
To get more from your study, it is important you take with you things you will need and nothing more. Avoid taking with you, any potential source of distraction. Items such as laptops, phones, music players should not be used while you study, especially when they are not needed at all.
All books and materials needed should be in place before you head to your place of study. It can be very tiring and time wasting, when you have to run back to get needed materials for your study.
Take Important Notes and as well as rewrite your notes
Note-taking is an important skill which must be learned. It will aid you in retaining what you’ve learned, making your study time more effective. With it, you note the important points that need more emphasis and commitment from you.
Using as many senses as possible when studying is a very helpful means while learning, because, information is retained more readily in people when other senses are involved. This is one reason why taking down notes works.
Use memory games (mnemonic devices)
This method is employed to make remembering a piece of information easier. This can be done by associating a piece of info with simple and easy to remember word(s).
It can be done with the first letter of each word in a list of items been used to make a name of a person or thing.
As an example, “Every Good Boy Deserves Fun.” Can be represented with – EGBDF – giving a music student the five notes for treble clef.
Practice by Yourself and with Friends
It is commonly said that, “practice makes perfect”. This is always true. It is good you continuously practice by testing yourself with either practice questions, past questions, or making out questions for yourself.
This can also be done with friends and course mates. It is a good practice to review your materials always either by yourself or with a group of friends or course mates.
Make a Schedule You can stick With
It is a very bad habit to take studying as a thing you do when you are chanced or have some spare time. This can be very detrimental to your preparation for an exam.
Cultivate the habit of scheduling your study time and do all it takes to stick to it. This certainly better than the last minute cramming many students engage in. Take out time to study regularly throughout the semester.
Take Breaks and Rewards Yourself
It is a good practice to reward yourself after a good time of reading and study. Do not see study as a big task that must be carried out.
Take breaks regularly instead of engaging yourself in long and lengthy hours of continuous study. Divide your study time into several sessions. You can take a 5 minute break and grab a snack, this will make your reading more fun filled.
Stay healthy and balanced
Maintaining a balanced life while in school can be quite challenging, but it will do you much good especially in the area of study. Maintaining balance isn’t what can be taught to any, it comes with experience and living.
It is also essential you take good food that will provide you all the needed nourishment. Eat a good and balanced diets always.
Know what the expectations are for course
Different professors and lecturers expect things differently from their students. Taking notes and listening in class are good starts, but you can do more when you know what is expected of you by your lecturer. You should listen and take seriously, any given instructions.
And do not forget to keep learning for you are not just studying to pass the exam, but you are learning in the process.
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