Ever wonder how the A-plus student gets their good grades? Of course, most of it comes from being intelligent and knowledgeable, but there is another thing that contributes to your grades.
Here is where study habits come in to play.
Study habits are a series of practices that you should implement each time there is a test coming up, a presentation to present, or a paper to write. Missing an element of these habits could result in turning in poor work come due date time.
Here are 5 study habits you can develop easily and use on a regular basis.
If you have ever tried to study with a problem weighing on your mind, or in a bad mood, you know how tricky studying is in these scenarios.
It’s why getting into the right mindset before you study is important and necessary. Your work will always reflect your burden or mood.
Ways you can get into the right mindset is to clear your mind. Go on a walk, do some yoga, or listen to some instrumental music. You will find that these things eliminate your stress and prepare you for the task ahead.
If avoidable, never go into a study session with “baggage.” Your schoolwork is not worth getting ruined over an incorrect mindset. Instead, identify the need to take a break from your study session and walk away. Come back when you are refreshed and ready to work again.
Failing to plan is planning to fail, as the saying goes.
Crafting a plan to study before your next exam is the smartest and most helpful thing you can do for yourself. Waiting until the last minute and cramming all your information in your brain might seem to work for some people, but ultimately it hurts you.
Not only is cramming for an exam stressful, but it also doesn’t allow you to retain any information for later use – which is kind of the point of school and education in general.
Most teachers equip you will a semester syllabus. Use this plan to your advantage. Write down important dates, like test and quizzes, and make sure to give yourself at least a week in advance to study for each one. Studying under a minimal amount of stress is the best way to learn.
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Repetition is so critical in developing excellent study habits. It goes along with the mentioning of retaining information. The more you see, speak, hear, and write your study material, the more the material will stick in your brain.
Studies show that “repetition matters because it can hasten and deepen the engagement process.” Meaning that the more you engage in something, like study material, the more deeply embedded it becomes in your mind and the more you can engage with it.
A great way to practice repetition while studying is to make flashcards. Write definitions, quotes, statistics, or formulas on these cards and test yourself. You can always go through your flashcards with friends and family for an added challenge.
Studying means nothing if you don’t invest quality time into it. With gaming apps and social media fighting for our attention, it is easy to “study” while distracted.
App developers have created some amazing study timers that you can download and use for your benefit. Take for example the app Forest, a timer that lets you grow trees, bushes, and flowers and create your own forest.
Forest is an interval timer that lets you pick a certain amount of time to study. It starts a countdown and grows a plant while you work. The catch is nifty. If you want to use another app on your phone you will have to destroy your plant and start all over again. Who wants to kill a beautiful plant anyway? You can also time your breaks on Forest and collect coins with your study time to buy more plants to grow.
The last tip to help you develop study habits is to find a quiet space to work. This place could be in your bedroom, a study room at your library, or a classroom. Make sure that you won’t be disturbed during your study session, as this can really impede your study progress.
If you are not distracted by instrumental music, then there is no harm in playing a study playlist as you work. White noise is also good for drowning out distracting noises from your study session.
Studying with friends seems like a good idea, but sometimes you might get more play done than work. If you want to study with friends, make sure you communicate the need for a quiet environment for most of your sessions.
Time to Hit the Books
Now that you have these 5 new study habits to get you through the week, it’s time to crack open some textbooks and get to it.
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