You may be surprised to hear that there is a right and a wrong way to study. If you are surprised by this, then keep reading!
The most important thing to know is that you should aim to work smarter, not harder.
What does this mean? Well, a few things:
- Studying for several hours straight isn't effective!
Instead, aim to study no more than 90 minutes at a time. Then, take a break for 10-15 minutes. Relax. Do some stretches. Take a walk, get some fresh air if you can. Research shows that nothing recharges the brain better than a walk through nature. Then, go back and work for another 60-90 minutes.
- Make a plan
Actually write down what you need to accomplish. And be specific. For example, "Read pages 120-145 of Literature textbook" is a good goal. "Start studying for math exam" is not. The more specific your goals are, the easier they will be to accomplish.
- Reward yourself
Next to each goal on your study plan, write a little reward you can give yourself when you accomplish that goal. This can be a snack, some TV or Facebook time, or a cup of hot chocolate. But be good! Don't let some TV time turn into several hours of being a couch potato. Which leads me to my next point:
- Make a schedule
Every day, make a little schedule for your study time. Schedule it in 60-90 minute blocks, and remember to give yourself breaks. And put your goals right in this schedule. For example:
6 PM - 7 PM Math homework, pages 99-101, even problems
7 PM - 7:15 PM Break: cup of tea and a cookie
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM Read Literature textbook, pages 120-145. Write ~300 word response and post on class blog.
8:30 - 8:45 PM Break: chat with roommate, catch up on their day
- Stick to the plan, but be flexible too
This is the hardest part. You have to be careful not to let yourself get lazy. But at the same time, if you're really stumped by that math problem, staring at it for 90 minutes isn't going to do anything but waste your time. Sometimes you'll have to change a part of your schedule. So if you're stuck on that problem, find another way to accomplish your goal. Ask a classmate or friend for help. Google! Go to a tutor. Whatever it takes, try to accomplish that goal, even if it means changing your schedule around a bit.
Well, that's all my advice for today. I hope this helps! If you have any questions or want to share a study tip with me, please send me a message.