Many students struggle with the concept of “how to study.” It is a daunting task! And one that requires answers to questions, such as;
- How do I organize my tasks and assignments?
- How do I manage my time?
- How can I take better notes in class?
- What are some test-taking strategies that will help me to pass my exams?
Listed below are the major study skills areas with some helpful tips for struggling students.
- Find a quiet place where you can concentrate without distractions.
- Sit in a comfortable chair.
- Turn off the TV and music, unless quiet background music or noise helps you study. Some students require a little noise, but it shouldn’t distract you too much.
- Study with a friend or in a group so that you can share notes and discuss content.
- Take short breaks
- Relate the information to things that are familiar to you – this helps you to remember things.
- Spend more time on the harder subjects.
- Try to study everyday – this will make your assignments less overwhelming!
- Determine the best time for you to study during the day, and try to stick to this routine.
- Summarize the information at the end of your study time to recall main points and details.
- Reward yourself at the end of your study time!
- Use outlines, charts, and flash cards to help learn new material. They serve as good reference materials when you are ready to go back and study for your tests.
- Use a planner to keep track of all homework assignments and projects.
- Organize your notes and assignments.
- Keep a list of things you need to do. This will keep you on track with assignments and projects.
- Prepare a schedule and maintain it. This will keep you focused and organized.
- Determine how long you will need to spend on each assignment.
- Divide your assignments into manageable periods of time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with lengthy tasks.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. Don’t allow them to pull you away from our assignments.
- Summarize the main points from your teacher. Don’t try to write down every word.
- Organize your notes – this will make it easier when you study them.
- Review your notes on a daily basis to avoid a recall problem, and to keep them fresh in your mind.
- Know the type of test that you’ll be taking (essay, true/false, multiple choice, etc.). This will guide your study habits for that test since you use different study skills for each type of test.
- Pace yourself! Don’t try to squeeze everything into one study period; study a little each night.
- Get plenty of rest the night before the test.