Study Habits: 9 Tips for Studying October 13 2011

When it comes to studying, it’s easy to become discouraged. One of the biggest barriers to students of all ages is the lack of study skills. However, in school and in life in general, study skills are essential for success. It isn’t enough anymore to simply sit and listen, you must put more effort into understanding, engaging and applying the material. The following are some helpful study tips that will help improve your concentration and memorization so studying never has to be an issue.

1. Don’t study all at once. Many people make the mistake of studying all at once and for extended periods of time. This creates a problem because studying all at one time will tire you out and your studying will not be very effective. Take breaks, it will actually help your memory.

2. Designate specific study times. Whenever you do something school related, that is considered study time. Avoid randomly studying here and there, and actually schedule specific times throughout the week for you to study. This will help you focus.

3. Make studying a routine. Studying can easily become a regular part of your life if you study at the same times every day. Just like eating and sleeping, it will establish a routine. This will help you be mentally prepared to begin studying.

4. Set goals for yourself. Staying focused is a huge issue with those who have a hard time studying. So set goals for yourself and monitor your progress. Be clear about what you want to accomplish during your study time so you have something to work towards. You will be more likely to get more work done.

5. Don’t procrastinate. It’s easy to delay studying for an assignment or test if you don’t like it or think it is too hard. However, if you procrastinate, you will find it difficult to get everything done when you need to. This will cause you to rush and may result in careless work and errors.

6. Work on the difficult assignments first. Considering the most effort will be needed for the more difficult tests and assignments, it’s best to start with them first. You have the most mental energy at the beginning of your studying sessions, so you will retain the information better.

7. Review any notes. Reviewing your notes can help you make sure you are doing an assignment correctly. Also, your notes may include information that will help you complete an assignment or spark your memory.

8. Put away any distractions. Everyone has a tendency to get distracted while they are studying, so in order to counteract this problem you should put away any phones, turn off the t.v, and tell your friends and family to avoid disrupting you (unless it’s an emergency, of course). This is important because it is not that easy to get back to what you were doing once you have been interrupted.

9. Ask for help. If you don’t understand the material or have a hard time keeping yourself on track, then ask a family member or friend to help you study. Whether it’s explaining the material or simply sitting there to make sure you don’t get distracted, a study buddy can really make the difference.

Whether you are writing an English literature paper, reviewing for a math test, or cramming for finals, every student that wants to have successful study habits should incorporate these key elements into their study plan. In the end, you will be less stressed and your hard work will pay off.

This article was written exclusively for Teaching Resource Center by Lakeview Academy, proud to be a leading independent, college preparatory day school, providing quality education for grades Pre-K through 12. Lakeview Academy is dedicated to the intellectual, moral, social, cultural, and physical development of every student and strives to produce responsible citizens who are prepared to lead lives distinguished by achievement and compassion.