How To Study Effectively
Do you want to get good grades and overall make studying easier, If so, then you are going to want to hear my study tips.
1. Choose a Quiet Place to Study. Avoid studying in front of the tv, with music on or in any loud environment. It’s a good idea to not study in your bedroom either. Associating your bedroom with studying can lead to problems sleeping. Try the library or a different part of your house instead.
2. Turn off the Electronics. Put your phone on airplane mode and if you’re not using your laptop, close it. This will reduce your temptation to get on social media. If you absolutely can’t stay away, there are apps such as Think and SelfControl that will block social media sites for you.
3. Know What Style of Studying Works Best For You. Some people take information in through reading and others are more auditory. If the later describes you, it’s a good idea to not only read but to have a study partner so that you can go over the information by talking, which will give you the ability to take the information in my hearing. I’m not telling you to do this but while I was at UCLA, I know a guy who rarely went to class but right before a test. He would partner up with me, go over the information out loud as he told me his understanding of what we had learned. Hearing himself put it all together was so effective that he would get even better grades than I did and I was going to class regularly. So know what kind of studying works best for you.
4. Use Mnemonics. Create songs or stories that associate all of the different things that you need to know about something. For example, if I am meeting a large group of people and I just meet somebody who is named Barry and by chance he’s a big guy. My mind might think: Barry the bear. That makes it easy to remember his name.
5. Use a planner to help you stay on task. As soon as you get an assignment, create a time-line with you defining how much studying you are going to be doing per day up until your test. It is important to be honest with yourself about how much work you are willing to do each day, otherwise, it won’t work.
6. Plan on Completing Your Study Time Before It’s Absolutely Necessary. It’s better to be done early than to crunch all the way up till test day. This will help lessen pre-test anxiety.
7. Schedule Breaks. From time to time, it’s important that you give yourself little breaks. Your brain and eyes need time to relax and it’s important that you get up and move too. Stretch. It’s a good idea to take 5 to 10 minute breaks for every 30 minutes to hour that you study. Everyone is different, so figure out what works best for you.
8. Switch it up. When you feel as though you have hit a roadblock, take a quick break and then switch to another subject. This will prevent you from going on autopilot, reduce boredom, and improve concentration.
Practice these tips and you will see a difference in your ability to focus and concentrate. Like this video, then give it a like and be sure to subscribe to my website for more tips and mindsets that will help you reach your goals.