There is no secret to being a good student. The content taught at the elementary, high school and most college level courses can be successfully passed by most students who are willing to put in the hard work necessary to meet their goals. Study skills that are successful for most students include developing good reading techniques, study habits, test preparation, goal setting, joining study groups, and working to improve their concentration level. In this article we will discuss six essential study habits most students need to incorporate into the studying.
Tip #1: Variety Is Key
To increase your retention you will want to create some variety in your studying. For example, read for 30 – 45 minutes, take a quick five minute break to stretch, then sit down a do a math problem. This allows your mind to stay sharp and continue to retain the information that you are feeding it.
Tip #2: Get Organized
Get yourself organized. Keep your information for each class or subject in a centrally located place inside your notebook, in a folder, or stored in a folder on your computer. If you are well organized you will save yourself precious time, and decrease the amount of time needed to pull information together for a specific task. This will also greatly reduce your stress because you will always know that everything can be found in a particular place.
Tip #3: Radio – Yes, TV – NO
There is some research that shows that having the radio on does not significantly distract from studying. So having the radio on is a personal choice.
TV is a BIG NO-NO. TV prevents you from focusing on the task at hand.
Tip #4: Designated Homework Area
Elementary students can greatly benefit from having a designated area for homework and study. Find a room with good lighting, a desk, and a comfortable chair that is free from distraction where your child can study every day.
Tip #5: Copy
Most students find that copying material helps to ingrain the material into their memory. It must be done with pencil and paper for it to work effectively.
Tip #6: Don’t Get Frustrated
During a study session if you find yourself getting frustrated take a short break. Little to no learning can be done when you are angry or upset. Get some help with the assignment from a parent, fellow student, or teacher. Another tactic is to put it down for a hour and do something enjoyable. Then come back to the task. Often the answer will come to you after you have cleared your mind.