10 Study Tips Every Student Should Know January 10 2012

Studying is one of the most important contributors to scholastic success. Through studying, you reinforce the things you've learned in the classroom and prepare yourself for tests on the material. This material is often the foundation for future learning. To help you get the most out of studying, the following are 10 study tips every student should know:

  1. Turn off the television. Although you may find music softly playing in the background helpful, the visual aspect of a television is too distracting for studying. For this reason, turn it off when you hit the books.
  2. Turn of your phone and your e-mail. Texts, phone calls and e-mails will be a constant interruption to your studying if you let them. You can check these and reply during your study break.
  3. Take planned study breaks. If you have a lot of material to go over, plan how long you'll study for before taking a break. Set an alarm to go off when it's break time, but then hide the clock, so you're not watching it instead of reviewing your notes. The study break can help you recharge both mentally and physically.
  4. Have everything on hand before you start. Have pens, paper, highlighters, and whatever else you may need readily available, before you begin to study. This way your studying won't be interrupted by having to hunt for supplies.
  5. Take notes while reading. When you read something that will likely be on the test or that you aren’t sure about, make a note of it immediately. Writing it down will help reinforce it in your memory.
  6. Have a study partner. Once you've reviewed the material on your own, enlist the help of a family member or friend. Ask him or her to quiz you, so that you're fully prepared.
  7. Take good class notes. Good studying begins with having good material from which to study. Take comprehensive notes during class; also, be sure to write neatly, so you can understand your notes later.
  8. Plan your study time. If you have a lot of material to study, space it out over several days. Don't try to cram it all into one night. If you do, you'll get frustrated and not cover all of the material, or you’ll be so tired that you won't perform well in class.
  9. Overlearn what you are studying. Although you may be tempted to stop early, continue working on remembering every detail until it's as easy as saying your ABCs. This way, you won't have any problems at all come test time.
  10. Use mnemonic devices. A mnemonic device is a trick you use to help remember something. Pretty Please My Dear Aunt Sally is a first-letter mnemonic device for the order of mathematical operations: Parentheses, Powers, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and then Subtraction. A song, poem, or anything that helps you recall information can be helpful.

As someone who has been a student many times over, Randall Davidson, a co-founder of ProofreadingServices.Us, understands the value of studying efficiently and effectively. Randall's proofreading service offers essay proofreading to students of all types.