With Fall right around the corner, everyone is preparing for school to start up again. Students deal with numerous things going on in their life, which makes it hard to concentrate on studying sometimes. And studying is very crucial in order to progress from year to year.
Whether you are a parent of a student, teenager, or beginning your first year of college these tips can be very helpful for you or your child.
1. How you approach studying matters. Being in the right mindset is important in order for smarter studying. Do not force yourself to study when your not in the right mindset, come back to it when other things are not occupying your mind.
2. Where you study is important. A place that has a lot of distractions is a poor choice of a study area. Try to find a quiet nook in the library or study hall where there are no TVs or computers to distract you.
3. Bring everything you need, nothing you don’t. Many people use computers to take notes on, but this serves a huge distraction because there are many other things you could do on the computer other than studying. Try using just a pen and paper for note taking.
4. Outline and rewrite your notes. Make sure you translate notes and outlines into your owns words and concepts.
5. Use memory games. Mnemonic devices are helpful because you use more of your brain to remember visual and active images than you do to remember just a list of items.
6. Practice by yourself or with friends. Practice by yourself or with friends by testing yourself with either practice exams, past quizzes, or flash cards.
7. Make a schedule you can stick to. Schedule study time just as your class time is scheduled, you’ll find it becomes much less of a hassle in the long run. Spend 30-60 minutes before or after that class studying, it will allow you to learn more of the material.
8. Take breaks and reward yourself. Try studying for 1 hour and then give yourself a 5 minute break to grab your favorite snack.
If you find yourself struggling with concentrating during your study time or would like some more tips and pointers for effective study habits, let us know. We can help you get back on track! (813)244-1251