When it comes to studies, each student is different. Some students study throughout the year, some just a few weeks before the exams and some may study just a couple of days before their exams. It is important for students to develop a practical approach when it comes to studies and completing their assignments. Each student has a different study method and there is nothing wrong or right about that. It is all about what works best for a student. The approach that works for student X may not work for student Y.
Here are some effective tips and ways by which students can boost their study habits:
1. Keeping the distractions away
The life of students is filled with distractions, especially college students. Right from smartphones to social media accounts to friends. When it comes to studying effectively, it is important to stay away from these distractions. The biggest distraction in today’s digital world is smartphones and the various social media accounts that students have to chat with their friends. It will definitely be a good habit to switch off the mobile phones when one is attending a lecture or completing an assignment in hand. This would help students focus only on studies for that time duration.
2. Identifying a suitable study area
As mentioned earlier, each student is different and so are their requirements. When it comes to choosing a study area, students should opt for a peaceful and quiet place where they can focus on the subject. It may be a library, park, cafe or for that matter even their own personal space at home. It is essential to find out what works best for you as a student.
3. Studies must be accompanied by short breaks
One important thing which students should understand is that studying for long hours without taking a break is exhausting, both physically and mentally. Studying for 1-2 hours accompanied by a 10-15 minute break in between is ideal and would help to make the study time more productive. Studying is short bursts helps to improve the retention power of the brain as well. Students must know when to switch on and when to switch off.
4. Making studies fun and creative
Students often come across a particular chapter or a topic or even for that matter a subject which they don’t like or find it too difficult to study. In such cases, making their own notes to simplify the concept is really handy. Students can prepare memory maps or concept maps for difficult concepts they study in the chapter. Highlighting the keywords in the notes is also another way of remembering things better. Creating visual aids enables students to retain what they have studied and can be an effective last minute revision tool for them. It all about how to make learning fun and exciting for yourself.
5. Seeking help and guidance
Teachers and professors are always there to guide and support students. If a student has doubts about a particular topic or is finding it hard to understand, it would be wise for him/her to take the initiative and ask the teacher for better explanation and clarity.
Remember, there is no harm in asking questions and clearing your doubts.