If you have exams coming up, or simply need to do a little bit of homework then you will need to really get your head down and crack on. However, there are many students out there who simply do not know how to study effectively. Hopefully these student study tips should be able to help them out, utilise just a few of these, and you will find that your productivity increases drastically.
1. Always have everything that you need close by. There is nothing more distracting to your study session that standing up and having to go grab a pen or a class of water. So before you sit down, make sure you have all of your notes, stationary, a bit of nourishment and of course text books!
2. Turn off that cell phone, there is absolutely no reason for it to be on when you are trying to concentrate. If you don’t need to use your computer then make sure that is turned off as well! Same goes for the TV. In fact, turn off every electrical item which could end up distracting you.
3. One of the best student study tips is to not work constantly. Long study sessions are not going to be beneficial to you at all. At some point your brain will need resting as it will be unable to absorb any more information. A good schedule to keep to is one fifteen minute break to every hour of study.
4. Make sure that you plan your study sessions well. Whilst you may want to place a large focus on one particular element because you don’t understand it, you don’t want to spend all of your study time on this to the detriment of other elements of your course. In short, everything you have covered in class needs to be studied.
5. Always choose a quiet location for your study sessions. If you don’t have a quiet area inside of your house, then you can always visit the library.
6. Make sure that you are comfortable when you study. I was one of those people that absolutely hated sitting at a desk, and instead lay on my bed with the ‘study material’ on the floor. Sure it was a little unconventional, but the extra comfort I found really enhanced my learning.
7. Constantly test yourself whilst you are studying. A good technique is to make basic notes, and constantly go over these and see what you can remember. The more you remember, the more motivated you will become about your study sessions.
8. Some people find that they study better and absorb much more information if they talk about it ‘out loud’, so why not form a study group? Although this certainly should not be a replacement for your individual learning sessions.