Around this time of year, students are studying hard for finals, AP exams and SAT or ACTs. Juggling all of these tasks at the same time can be very exhausting. But don’t worry. There are some strategies you can use to learn effectively.
Here are 5 tips explaining how to study without killing yourself. In particular, I explain to you how you can really concentrate while studying in order to use your time efficiently.
1) Clear Your Mind
If you’re studying, it’s important that you stay in the moment.
If you think your mind is wandering around during your study attempts, write down what’s distracting you. For example, if you’re concerned that you haven’t phoned back your parents or updated your Facebook page, write this down in the list to remind yourself that you can deal with these things after graduation.
Studies show that multitasking (learning during other activities such as watching TV, eating, listening to the radio, surfing the internet) do not work. By clearing your thoughts while you study, you can focus on the task at hand.
2) Set Goals
Before learning, make sure you set a goal of what you want to do during that study block.
Instead, you need to create a specific list of activities you want to do during a session. A good example of this would be: “I want to outline this chapter in my history book, review the key terms on flashcards and take a practice quiz. ”
3) Be an active learner.
If you spend an hour reading a chapter and still have no idea what it was about, you just wasted a lot of time.
Instead of flicking through the book randomly, you need to study actively. It’s best to take notes while you read.
This can be done in a number of ways. Some students prefer to highlight the book as they read. Others like to take notes on the edge, underscoring important concepts and themes.
However, the most important thing is that you take notes while reading to make sure your mind is active during your studies.
4) Arrange a time and a place to study.
Studies show that the best students plan for certain weeks.
It’s also a good idea to have a certain place where you study well. When you arrive at this study location, your brain will get used to knowing that you are going to work here.
It’s also a good idea to find out at what time the days are best for learning. Some people are morning people and focus better in the morning. On the other hand, some people are night owls and work better in the early hours of the morning. Find out what kind of person you are and set your learning times for those times.
5) Plan a start and end time
Your best bet is to schedule blocks of time (no more than 90 minutes) for the entire week for studying.
These shorter learning times will help you in a number of ways.
First, you can learn all week, rather than in a long marathon session. This helps you retain what you’ve learned.
Second, if you have a start and end time, your stress is reduced as you know your session section is finished in 90 minutes and you can then do what you want after, like return a phone call.
If you are planning shorter study sessions, you can also concentrate and learn faster. One of the biggest mistakes students make is cramming everything in at the last minute.