It’s one thing to sit down and study – but it’s another thing altogether to sit down and study effectively. Why? Well just because you’re sitting at your desk and your books are all out, it doesn’t mean you’re studying. But what you really want to know is how to make the most of your time when you are studying so that you can get things done quicker and have more free time. Sounds good doesn’t it?
Tip #1: Learn To Speed Read
Being able to read quickly and with accuracy will really help you get ahead in your studies. If you can read twice as fast as most people then you will be finished in half the time. This could save you hundreds of hours of reading every year. Something worth improving don’t you think?
Tip #2: Get In The Zone
If you want to study effectively you need to be able to concentrate. You might be surprised at how many people choose to study in places and areas that aren’t conducive to study. If possible, study away from distractions and make a choice that you won’t allow yourself to be distracted. Turn off your cell phone, the net, loud music and the television, and put tape over the mouth of anyone who’s distracting you. Ok well maybe don’t do that last part. But definitely kick them out of your study zone.
Tip #3: Start Timetabling
Getting yourself organized is one of the easiest things you can do. It requires very little effort but it brings huge results. The difference between knowing when everything is due and making sure you get it done on time, and not having any idea when anything is due or when you are supposed to be studying, is to put it simply, the difference between hot and cold. When you set up a daily study timetable make sure that you allow for breaks. For example, study from 5 pm to 6 pm then have a thirty minute break. Work again from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm and then have another thirty minute break. That’s two hours work done with plenty of time to yourself in between.
Tip #4: You Are What You Think
Whether you have a happy, positive attitude or an unhappy, negative one, you still have to get the work done. Don’t you? It’s hard work getting all of your study done and all of your assignments in on time, but it’s even harder when you’re always complaining and whining about it. You have to find a way to enjoy what you are doing (or at least stop complaining about it) because it’s just sending signals to your brain that you hate this and want to avoid it. Instead, get positive and think about how good it feels when the work is done and you never have to do it again!
Tip #5: Find And Hit Your Targets
If you want to achieve something, you need to know what it is first. There is no point working towards something without defining what it is. Create specific and measurable ideas about what you want. And remember, this should be fun! This is your chance to actually reach for the stars and determine where you want to go. Don’t sell yourself short. Also keep in mind that if you hit a target or a goal you should celebrate like crazy. Why? Because you deserve to! It doesn’t matter if it’s a big goal or a small goal – if you achieved something and it’s getting you closer to your final destination then it’s time to reward yourself.
Tip #6: Food Is Your Fuel
You wouldn’t put garbage into a car, so why do we put it into our bodies? The food you eat really does impact you. Amongst other things, it impacts your skin, your weight and your energy levels. All of these are important to us. Eat foods that will help you be the best you can be. This is one of the simplest things you can change so make a choice that you will change it. Choose healthy options when you have the chance – and make sure it becomes a habit.
Well there you have it – six simple tips that will help take you to the top. It’s not as hard as you might think to learn how to study effectively – but it is hard to accept when you receive poor grades. So make the right choices now so that you can spend less of your time studying and more of your time doing the things you love.