exerting both mental energy and physical energy is difficult and many find it tough to keep up over the long term. But a proper approach will help ease the way and keep your studying strong for years to come.
To lay a healthy study foundation and avoid last minute cramming and undue stress, it’s necessary to build (and maintain!) a proper study habit. Just like with exercise, the task will become easier and more manageable the more you are able to get into a routine. And you’ll be far less likely to lapse back into bad study habits once you’ve made studying an intractable part of your daily life.
Stick to a Set Schedule
Your brain builds pathways and habits over time, and studying is about building those mental muscles and endurance. Getting into a fixed habit of studying will help you improve your concentration and mental stamina over time. And, just like any other training, your ability to study only improves with time and dedicated effort.
Schedule Your Studying in Smaller Increments Over a Long Period of Time
By committing 50 to 75 minutes to study every day (and sticking to your schedule!), you’ll avoid both burning out your mental energy and being stuck cramming for hours and hours at a time the night before a test.
Plan when you’re going to study
Successful students schedule specific times throughout the week when they are going to study — and then they stick with their schedule. Students who study sporadically and whimsically typically do not perform as well as students who have a set study schedule. Even if you’re all caught up with your studies, creating a weekly routine, where you set aside a period of time a few days a week, to review your courses will ensure you develop habits that will enable you to succeed in your education long term.
Varying Your Study Methods
There are many different ways to study, and none is exclusively better than any other. In fact, diversifying your study techniques, and using a mix of multiple different study methods will help you learn and store your information better than simply sticking to one.
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Start with the most difficult subject first
As your most difficult assignment or subject will require the most effort and mental energy, you should start with it first. Once you’ve completed the most difficult work, it will be much easier to complete the rest of your work. Believe it or not, starting with the most difficult subject will greatly improve the effectiveness of your study sessions, and your academic performance.
Rewrite or Rephrase the Material in Your Own Words
It can be easy to get lost in a textbook and look back over a page, only to realize you don’t remember what you just read. But luckily, that can be remedied.
Make sure you’re not distracted while you’re studying
Everyone gets distracted by something. Maybe it’s the TV. Or maybe it’s your family. Or maybe it’s just too quite. Some people actually study better with a little background noise. When you’re distracted while studying you (1) lose your train of thought and (2) are unable to focus — both of which will lead to very ineffective studying. Before you start studying find a place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted. For some people this is a quiet cubical in the recesses of the library. For others is in a common area where there is a little background noise.
Teach the Material to Someone Else
Teaching someone else is a great way to learn your thoughts and summarize the information you’ve been studying. And, almost always, teaching someone else shows you that you’ve learned more about the material than you think!
Use study groups effectively
Ever heard the phrase “two heads are better than one?” Well this can be especially true when it comes to studying. Working in groups enables you to (1) get help from others when you’re struggling to understand a concept, (2) complete assignments more quickly, and (3) teach others, whereby helping both the other students and yourself to internalize the subject matter. However, study groups can become very ineffective if they’re not structured and if groups members come unprepared. Effective students use study groups effectively.
Get Enough Sleep
The absolute, number one, most important way you can prepare yourself for a test is to sleep the night before. Getting a good night’s sleep before a test (and preferably every night) is absolutely paramount.