Whether you are preparing for a final exam or just an upcoming quiz, studying can be tough to manage. It seems like every time you open your book, you get a text or a Facebook notification, and everytime you open your laptop… well, how can you be expected to get anything done with Youtube just a click away?
Even when you manage to get going, how do you KEEP going? Scratch that—how do you even know what to study in the first place?
We get it. Studying can be difficult, annoying, tedious—choose a negative adjective—but the necessity for it isn’t going anywhere. So, you might as well learn how to do it right, do it well, and enjoy it. Check out these ten tips for improving your study habits so you can perform better and work less.
1. Actually do the class reading
Open your book each night, read a few pages, take some notes, and you’ll find that you know a lot more come test time.
2. Relate the course material to real life
3. Plan to study at the right time
If a teacher emphasizes an equation, a definition, an idea, anything, take note of it and plan to give it more attention than the general class material. You can spend hours studying and not receive the grade you want if you study the wrong information.
5. Take breaks
6. Set Rewards
If you need a little help with this, see if your parent will make a deal with you. That way, they are in charge of the reward and will hold you to your actions.
7. Work in a group
WARNING: It can be harder to stay on track when working in groups. Assign someone to keep the group focused or you may not end up studying at all.
8. Review what you have studied
You should make a list of what you know for sure and what you are struggling with. The next time you study, you will know exactly what to focus on.
9. Teach it to someone
If you can, take some time to teach another student what you have learned. You could volunteer to tutor your fellow students or just study in a group and help those who need it.
10. Approach your teacher with any questions you have
When you have learned all you can on your own, it is time to use the most valuable resource you have—your teacher. Your teacher will be able to answer any questions you have on the material and will most likely give you hints and insights that will help you on your test. Don’t be afraid to ask a question no matter how simple you think it is. It is better to ask than to get to the test and not know.
Here is a quiz you don’t have to study for!