Here are some suggestions to make your studying more effective:
- How you approach something matters almost as much as what you do. So try to look at studying as an opportunity to learn not as a necessary evil.
- Think positively when you study and remind yourself of your skills and abilities. Don’t compare yourself to others. Replace self judgements like “I always mess things up” with the more positive “I didn’t do so well that time, what can I do to improve?”
- Don’t “force” yourself to study if you are distracted by other issues; come back to your studies when you are feeling more focused.
- Find a quiet place to study that isn’t distracting, preferably away from TV, phone, computer or friends. If you study best with your favorite music playing, make sure your iPod is with you. Study groups can be helpful for some students if they are kept small and include students of similar academic aptitude who are taking the same class.
- Pay attention in class and focus as much on what the instructor is saying as you do on the written materials and textbooks.
- Outline the information you are studying using words, concepts and structures that work for you. Connecting similar concepts together will make information easier to remember when the exam comes around.
- Schedule your study time instead of just doing it when you get around to it. Commit to spending 30 or 60 minutes every day you have a class studying for that class before or after it. This will help you actually learn more of the material. And study regularly throughout the semester for as many classes as you can, rather than cramming just before exam time.
- Chunk your studying into manageable components of time that work for you. Then reward yourself for meeting your goal with a small treat you enjoy, such as a favorite snack, game or music.
- Strive for a balance between studying and the rest of your life. The more balanced your life is, the easier every component in your life becomes. Make friends, keep in touch with your family, and find interests outside of school that you can pursue and enjoy.
- Make sure you understand what the expectations are for the class. Communicate with your instructor, especially if you think the course might be a difficult one for you.
You may not appreciate it now, but school is one of the great opportunities life has to offer. Studying is one of the ways you learn things, some of which you might actually care about. Try to find interesting things to take away from every experience.
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