First and foremost, it's all about your attitude toward learning and studying. If you find yourself questioning why you would still need to study, or you no longer see the point in going to school and getting an education, chances are that you wouldn't even be reading this article. But since you are, it means that you do see the value of an education, and want to do better in school. Here are a few tips on building better study skills.
- First, you need to provide yourself with an appropriate study environment. To study well, you need to put your full concentration into the reading material. In order to do this, you need to study in an area that is free of any distractions.
- Don't study by the TV.
- Don't study at the dining table while you have family members milling about.
- Choose an area that is quiet, one you can separate from the rest of the noise in your house.
- The study area should be well lit, since you will be spending much time here, and you won't want to ruin your eyes.
- Other alternate study areas can be a quiet coffee shop, a study hall and of course, the ultimate study area - the library.
- You need to be comfortable in order to soak up all the information you will be studying. If you like to play soft music to help you relax, go right ahead.
- A comfortable chair is also ideal. The one thing you are trying to avoid is to stress yourself out unnecessarily.
- Studying is a habit. As with all good habits, it must be developed and nurtured as part of your daily routine.
- You will need to evaluate your weekly schedule. Find timeslots within each individual day that you can set aside for studying - you can study for at least an hour or two a day.
- Be realistic in setting your schedule - there's no point in setting aside huge amounts of time each day for studying just to skip it because you didn't feel like studying.
- Which brings me to my next point: learn to stick to your schedule. Dedicating yourself to a study schedule will teach you the discipline you will need in order to effectively study.
- Schedule short beaks during your study time, since you don't want to get too frazzled. The point in developing these study habits is that you don't get caught unaware when your teacher decides to give the class a pop quiz that day.
- Be sure to cover the day's topics when you study, and treat this as sort of a mini-review of what you took up today.
- If there is a major test you are preparing for, you can allot more time to studying for that.
- Plan ahead, and try not to cram. Cramming, while it may be effective for some, relies mainly on your short-term memory or rote memorization at best.
Real studying means that you are able to understand the concepts, and the concepts behind those concepts. You will only be able to do this if you have enough time to receive, analyze and interpret the information in a way that you can understand, and eventually remember them.