Make your study time shorter and more efficient with these do’s and don’ts
Have you ever spent all day studying only to realize that you didn’t get much accomplished? Inefficient study habits can cost you a lot of time and may even hurt your grades. Developing efficient study skills is something that can save you time, improve your grades, and make your school experience better. Why not try these tips, and see what a difference they make.
1. DON’T treat studying like an afterthought.
Some people believe that going to classes is their only responsibility. But don’t forget that studying and doing your homework are equally important.
DO set aside a specific block of time to study. Treat your study time like a job, and set aside blocks of time in your daily schedule. These times should be off limits for anything else. Tell your friends and family that you are busy, and don’t schedule anything over these times.
2. DON’T study ‘til you drop.
You can overload yourself with too much information if you cram and cram for hours on end. This kind of studying eventually becomes counterproductive.
DO take short study breaks. Giving yourself a 5-minute break every 30 or 60 minutes will help to rejuvenate you and refresh your mind. Use this break time to take a brief walk, do some stretching, or some other quick activity that gets your blood moving.
3. DON’T respond to your cell phone notifications.
If you let yourself answer a quick text, scroll through a social media feed, or look at Instagram, these are valuable minutes that are being wasted.
DO silence your notifications or turn off your cell phone. If you turn off the temptation to be distracted by your phone, you will be amazed at how much more efficiently you can study.
4. DON’T go it alone.
If you didn’t understand the lecture and don’t understand the homework, don’t try to go it alone. Taking guesses or reading an assignment without understanding it can waste your time and put you further behind.
DO ask for help. Being a student is about learning new things that you didn’t know before. There’s no shame in not understanding something the first time. That is why your teachers are there. They want to help you understand. Don't hesitate to contact your teacher or instructor when you don’t understand something.
5. DON’T wait until the last minute.
Some people cram all their studying into the last minute, trying to finish up big projects the night before they are due. This can lead to unnecessary stress and to doing a slap-dash job on your projects
DO get organized and plan ahead. Did your teacher or instructor supply a syllabus for the entire year? If so, enter the dates of tests and projects into your calendar ahead of time. Block out more time for homework and studying as you are leading up to those due dates. Make to-do lists every day that help you chip away at your school work so that you don’t have to panic the night before a test. Studying a little bit every day will also help the information sink into your long-term memory.
We hope these study tips start you on your way to a more organized and efficient approach to your studying. Remember, the more effort you put into it, the greater the reward will be. Good luck, and happy studying!
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