Studying can be a daunting and boring task so maximizing your time and resources is vital. Whether you are in high school or college, implementing good study habits will enable you to accomplish more and save time. Here is a list of a few items that have helped students throughout their school terms:
Set up a study zone. The first step is to get organized. Find a quiet, clean space that you can set up as your study zone. Pick a place with few distractions and keep clutter on the desk to a minimum. This will help you to pay attention to what is most important. It is good to have a study zone that is your regular place to go. This helps develop effective studying and limits the time it takes to get used to a new location.
Get a good night’s sleep. Make sure that you are well rested before trying to study. Your memory retention and memory recall are significantly compromised when fatigue takes over.
Avoid snacking. Try to eat after you have studied rather than right before or during. Digestion takes blood flow to work. If blood flow is drawn to your digestive track and away from your brain, it does not improve the quality of study time.
Find a partner and/or try joining a study group. This can help to improve effective studying on multiple levels. For example, there is added pressure to be prepared before the study group begins because the group depends on each member contributing. Also, everyone has their own perspective about the material. By discussing and debating the material, your memory can do a much better job of moving the information from short-term to long-term memory.
Developing effective studying habits does take work and some trial and error. Not every skill works for every person. Find a study zone that works for you and make sure you take care of your body so that it has the brain power it needs to accomplish your goal. By improving your study skills, you can remember more in less time.