With a new school year upon us, it’s easy to forget the study habits you had back in May. Especially with this new norm of online learning due to Coronavirus, it’s now more important than ever to get ahead with your studying. Here are 3 quick tips to help you on your way.
1: Create a Schedule
In order to study effectively, you need to plan out your time well. Creating a daily schedule where you plan out your day hour by hour not only makes you more productive but also takes so much stress off of your shoulders. Let’s say one day you have homework in almost every class and a test tomorrow as well. Instead of just jumping into the work, switching between completing homework and studying at random, create a study schedule for that day. Allot a certain amount of time for homework, and a certain amount of time for studying, based on how well you think you know the material. Doing this allows for less procrastination and alleviates the risk of not being able to finish both your homework and studying by the next day.
2: Minimize the Distractions
This is already a well-known tip, but it bears repeating. In the digital age we find ourselves in, distractions are a constant in everyday life. Whether it’s through scrolling on Instagram or playing a quick game on your phone, we are deeply connected to technology. This does not bode well for studying, considering how many people have their phones or another piece of technology on them at any given time. Unfortunately, Coronavirus has only aggravated this issue, blending even more technology with schoolwork. To do your best to solve this issue and minimize distractions when studying, try putting any unnecessary technology outside of your study room. This would include phones, laptops, gaming devices, or whatever else you might have that could distract you. Knowing that your technology is outside of your reach makes it much less likely that it will take your mind off of studying. Some schools do use technology like laptops and tablets to help their students learn, which can also be distracting at times. The best way to combat the urge to veer off of your study track when using these devices is to use an app or website that locks you on the same screen or tab for a set period of time. This would completely eliminate the urge to get sidetracked when studying.
3: Plan Ahead
Most people tend not to do this, but it’s one of the most important things to ensure you have a successful study session. Before you start studying, make sure you plan out exactly what you’ll be doing during your study session. If you go into it blind, there’s a much greater chance that you will either get distracted or just waste time overall. Planning ahead and knowing what you’re going to be doing when studying will allow you to stay on track the entire time, and make for a much more productive session overall. Create an hour-by-hour schedule that lists what you’re working on and how long you’ll be working on it. For example, you could spend X minutes looking at a study guide, then X hours working on the practice test, and then X minutes reviewing your lesson notes. Planning ahead allows you to organize your study sessions in a way that makes them less stressful and much more productive.
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