Improving Your Study Skills
Improving your study skills can be the great educational equalizer. Effective studying is the one element guaranteed to produce good grades in school. But it is ironic that students are almost never taught how to study – effectively – in school.
Get everything you need before you sit down to study.
Pencils, pens, notebooks, college ruled paper, textbooks, etc so that you are not distracted while your studying.
Create an appropriate study environment
You will need limited noise, a lot of sunlight, a tidy surface, and comfortable furniture. Find a quiet place to study where you won’t be bothered. This is very important and should be given great care in doing.
Make sure you get enough sleep
Staying up late studying is not a good idea. Lack of sleep prevents you from concentrating and reduces your ability to remember what you have learned.
Develop a schedule
All students should keep a schedule of classes, assignments and other key dates. As part of that schedule, they should set aside specific time for studying and project work. That way, they’re less likely to find themselves scrambling to complete a project at the last minute or cramming the night before a big test. The schedule should also set aside time for non-school activities like sports. In fact, the more comprehensive the schedule, the more efficient most students will be in completing their schoolwork.
Separate the study of subjects that are alike
Brain waves are like radio waves. If there is not enough space between input, you get interference. The more similar the kinds of learning taking place, the more interference. So, separate your study periods for courses with similar subject matter. Follow your studying of math with an hour of Spanish or history, not chemistry or statistics.
Do not study when you are tired
Psychologists have found that everyone has a certain time of day when he or she gets sleepy. Do not try to study during that time (but do not go to sleep either – it hardly ever refreshes). Instead, schedule some physical activity for that period, such as recreation. If you have a stack of schoolwork, use that time to sort your notes or clear up your desk and get your books together or study with a friend.
Take Regular Breaks
Your mind needs regular breaks to relax and allow what you’ve learned to sink in. Take a 5 to 10 minute break every hour. You will actually learn more this way than cramming for hours without breaks.
Ask Plenty of Questions
Asking questions will take you from a passive learner to an active one. One of the many advantages of meeting regularly with a live online tutor is that you can ask about concepts, words or formulas that you don’t understand.
Our effective and flexible online tutoring sessions at Growing Stars are the ideal place to strengthen your study skills. Incorporate these tips to give your study habits a boost. Also be sure to ask your tutor for more study skills tips related to your specific subject.