Six Steps to Scholarly Success

Planning Is The Key To Success

The key to maximizing your study time is to manage this as efficiently and effectively as you can. Since we only have so many hours in a day to use, it is essential that you plan how to manage this valuable resource. Get the most out of your time spent on studying by organizing your day. Shortening travel time, being productive while waiting in lines or commuting, and designating specific time and days for errands can all contribute to maximizing your time and allowing you to have more time to study. Set your goals and create a schedule that will help you to work towards your goals.

1 – Develop a Schedule and Stick To It

Work your class schedule into a calendar and strategize what you will do for each class. Always have the calendar handy and mark all the submission dates for projects, homework, and examinations and add all other relevant information. You can prioritize from this point on what needs to be done first and determine periods of time you can allocate for specific activities to meet the deadlines. You can make a study schedule flexible but still stay committed to it.

2 – Eliminate Distractions

While a key to successful study skills is planning and organizing time, another key is the best environment to study. Everyone has their own preferences in choosing study spaces that work for them. Ideally, any quite place is conducive to studying and would enhance your comprehension. Simply because there will be no environmental stimulants (or distractions like cell phones, TV or music) to divert you from studying. Otherwise, you can just find a place where you feel comfortable studying so as not to waste precious time. Organize or de-clutter your study environment as well so it is easy to find the materials you need in studying.

3 – Stay Focused

Maintain your concentration during class. Refrain from allowing your mind to wander and getting distracted. Staying focused will enable you to retain all the important information given out during lectures and discussions. In the process you can also learn how to take better notes. Note taking is an important part of the learning process. It helps your mind retain the needed information as well as providing better understanding of the subject materials provided to you.

Also, work on staying focused while studying outside of class since you’ll be doing much more of this. If something worries you, causes excitement or causes your mind to drift while studying, block these from your mind. You can take a short break and regain your mind set of what you are supposed to do before going back to studying. You cannot persist in reading while distracted for without understanding the material you will certainly end up going back and re reading the pages again.

4 – Study the Hardest Subjects First

It may seem best to start out studying what is relatively easy and saving the difficult subject for last since the latter is more exhausting to do. However, to maximize your study time you should tackle the hardest subject first. The reason is that it will be easier to absorb difficult information when you’re mentally at your best. If you get the tough subjects out of the way first, you know you can breeze through the remaining easier subjects. In this process, you’re likely to accomplish more and stick to your study schedule.

5 – Attend Class

Attend classes and do your homework. While it seems like simple advice, you would be amazed at how many students get into the habit of skipping classes and trying to absorb all of the information from textbooks. Homework will serve as your guide to future exams. If you regularly do your assignments, you will retain the important concepts and principles in your mind and reviewing for future tests will not be too hard. Also try to review your notes after class to keep the content fresh in your mind. On most occasions, studying a few hours on a daily basis is more effective and less time-consuming than a frenzied cram session before a test.

6 – Take Study Breaks

A study break of 10 minutes for every hour or so that you spend studying is beneficial. The purpose of a study break is to allow your mind to absorb and process the block of information you have just learned before proceeding to the next. There will also be times when you have to do some marathon study sessions. During these times it is crucial that you take breaks. Continuous long periods of study at these sessions can burn you out which will make the time you are spending studying less effective. Remember the way you spend your study breaks are important and how you spend your study breaks will affect your overall study time.

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