How to Study
The Guide to it ALL
Quick Tip ~ Students with better study methods and strategies score higher on their exams!
Step One : UNDERSTAND THAT STUDYING IS NOT THE SAME AS DOING HOMEWORK
Homework commonly consists of assignments that instructors assign to be completed at home by students. Studying, on the other hand, refers to the time students spend on their own to go over material they learned in class.
How to study effectively
- Choose a quiet place to study
- Set a specific time to study
- Make sure you have all the study materials you need
- Keep a positive outlook about studying
- Do not procrastinate
Step Two : CREATE A STUDY PLAN
What is a study plan?
A study plan is an organized schedule that students create that outlines study times and learning goals. Creating a study plan not only helps you become more organized, but it also holds you accountable for your own learning outcomes.
Why do I need a study plan?
A study plan is an effective way to help you navigate through your education in an organized way.
Use these four steps to create your study plan
- Create a time chart of your current activities.
- Develop a schedule
- Determine your study goals
- And lastly, STICK to your schedule
If keeping a paper and pen schedule is not helpful to you, consider other ways for keeping your studies on track. MyStudyLife.com is helpful; it allows you to create an account to better organize your study time with to-do lists and calendars.
Also ... Take advantage of study planner apps, like My Study Planner, available for smart phones and tablets, which can help you manage your study schedules.
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Step Three : MANAGE YOUR TIME
How much time should I spend studying?
The amount of time you should spend studying depends on how many classes you are enrolled in, your personal study habits, and your educational goals.
Can I study too much?
Yes! Keep in mind that while you should spend the appropriate amount of time studying, going overboard is counterproductive.
How to manage your time effectively
In addition to assessing your ability to concentrate on certain tasks, you’ll need to learn how to balance your personal life with your schoolwork.
Take a look at the following tips that can help you develop an integral time management plan.
- Make a detailed study schedule and write it down
- Prioritize your assignments
- Prepare for temptation
- Find a productive study environment
- Stay organized
Step Four : TAKE EFFECTIVE NOTES
How to Take Effective Notes
- Be prepared for class
- Learn how to be a good listener
- Learn how to take notes in a way that is helpful to you
- Compare notes with other students
- Review, edit, and organize your notes
Step Five : STUDY SMART BEFORE EXAMS
*Don't try to do all your studying the night before the test. Instead space out your studying, review class materials at least several times a week, focusing on one topic at a time*
Common study methods
- Image-word association
- Story Telling
Step Six : MAINTAIN YOUR STUDIES
- Save your textbooks
- Hold on to your notebooks
- Back up your data
- Stay in touch with your instructors and peers