One major way, as I have realized, of becoming an effective student is learning to study the smart way. As one progresses in one’s educational career, this gets clearer and more explicit.
Usually, during days of secondary learning, an hour or two was sufficient to cover the necessary topics, but the moment one advances into the next phase of education – college or university (as the case may be), there comes a painful realization that even a whole day is not sufficient enough for study. Studying smarter, rather than studying harder, should become a habit for any student who wished to have a wonderful educational career.
A wide number of successful students all achieved their success by developing and applying effective study habits. The following can be regarded as the top 10 study habits as used by successful students and I have a rather wonderful assurance that students who can develop and apply them are sure to join the group of successful students.
So, at this juncture, I’d urge every fellow student out there to not give up, try hard to develop each study habit as stated below and take a chill pill as their grades receive a boost.
1. Never attempt to cram all your studying into one session
If you’re part of those who find themselves staying up all night than studying well, spending excessive time trying to read and at the same time battling with your eyes not to get shut, well, time for a change. Successful students neatly space their work out over shorter periods of time and try not to cram all their studying under just a few sessions. In being a successful student, one must be consistent in studying and having regular periods.
2. Make plans for when you’re going to study
Successful students schedule specific time and days each week just for study – and they’re diligent in it. Students who study irregularly do not perform very well on the average compared to students with a reading schedule. Even though studies might be too tight, creating a routine with every week with a few days apart won’t hurt. This should be done particularly to make reviews on courses and this, of course, will help develop reading habits.
3. Study at consistently.
Although, beyond a reasonable doubt, it’s essential that plans are to be made with regards to when to study, in the same vein, it’s of equal importance that a habit of consistent study routine is developed. When there’s a frequency of consistency during a study, studying will become a part of your lifestyle.
Once this can be achieved, you’d be completely prepared, in all aspects, for every session of study and of course it becomes easier and effective. If at all there should be a schedule change at intervals, it should be due to unforeseen circumstances, and even when this passes, you should be disciplined and diligent enough to return to your study schedule.
4. Set goals for each study session.
Having study sessions without a set goal is like driving with no destination – it has no essence, and it will be less, if at all, effective. You need to have a knowledge of exactly the milestone to reach during any study session. Even before the study, goals should be set, goals related to your overall goal during that academic session.
5. Never push forward your planned study session – be diligent.
It’s quite not a difficult thing to do with regards to skipping a study session due to lack of interest in the concerned subject, perhaps because there are other things to cover up or deal with, or because you’re stuck. It’s with joy I give you the truth, which is; successful students are diligent with their study sessions. If you skip your study session, be sure that your studying is being driven into the zone of ineffectiveness and this will hamper the achievement of your goal.
6. Begin with the subject that seems the most difficult.
Since the difficulty subject demands more energy, both mentally and emotionally, it is good you begin with them. Once completion of the most difficult ones, the remaining ones will remain a piece of cake. Attacking the difficult subjects first helps boost your study effectiveness and overall performance.
7. Make sure reviews are made on your note before attacking an assignment or starting a study.
Make sure to get good notes in and out of class, especially when jotting, because it’s essential, before you start your study session, that you review your notes diligently to make sure to know the key points needed in the study. Reviewing notes before study helps bring to rememberance the subject matter learned during the day and try making sure, as said earlier, that each study session has a fixed target as that’s when it can be effective.
8. Make sure to shun distractions when studying.
Everyone is prone to be distracted by something. Things capable of distraction varies from person to person. To some it’s being around friends, others, it’s music, and so on. Also, some people assimilate better under certain conditions, and this varies.
Some people study better in extremely silent places, some like a little bit of noise and so on. Either way, it’s important not to get distracted while studying as its effects fall on the negative. Before engaging in a study session, make sure you understand what constitutes your distractions as well as where you can study better. This is crucial.
9. Utilize study groups.
Obviously, before you can utilize a study group, you need to have one. Working in groups aids your study as you can get help with regards to things that seem difficult, understand and finish up projects quickly, and also help others in what they don’t know and by so doing even help yourself in making the subject matter stick to your head. On the other hand, though, study groups become very ineffective when not properly structured or when members aren’t serious with it.
10. Make overall reviews over the weekend.
Successful students make overall reviews during the week and further. This helps prepare you for the learning of more, both old and new, subjects that are structured upon the foundation of previous knowledge gotten.
I have a great assurance that if these habits can be developed, as stated, an overall improvement is bound to happen.