Oguz Kaan Kısa · Jan. 19, 2021
When you sit down to study, how do you transfer that enormous amount of information from the books and notes in front you to a safe place in your mind? To do this, you must develop good study habits. Changing the way you study at first will take serious mental effort but after a while it will become commonplace for you and studying will become easier for you.
Manage your time. Make yourself a weekly schedule and devote a certain amount of time to studying. This will help you improve your grades. The time you allocate will vary depending on university study, and even your field of study. Try to stick to your schedule as much as you can, but don’t be afraid to get out of the schedule, sometimes overwork due to upcoming exams. Make sure this program is realistic, not impossible. Don’t forget to include everything from eating, dressing and transportation to labs and lessons.
If your classes are really intense, you may want to give up your after-school work or extra curricular activities until you improve your grades. You should prioritize your time. Remember: education is the most important thing to you, because education is the foundation of future success.
For college classes, you should base your study hours on the difficulty and credit of the course. For example; If you have a very difficult 3-hour physics class, you can study 9 hours a week (3days a week, 3 hours). If you have a difficult 3-hour literature class you can study 6 hours a week (2 days a week, 3 hours).
Find your best speed to study and adjust accordingly. Some concepts and lessons will feel more natural to you, so you can study them faster. Other subjects can take twice as long. Set the time you need and work at the pace you feel comfortable with.
Working in 20-minute intervals will help make it much easier to retain information. If you study slower, you will need to spend more time studying.
Take time to get enough sleep on your schedule. You will find that your work will be efficient when you have a good sleep at night. As the exams approach and especially during the exams, you will realize its importance. Studies show that good sleep contributes positively to lessons by improving memory and attention. Studying while staying up all night might seem like a good idea, but let go of all night cramming. When you work during the week, you won’t need to work all night. Having a good sleep will allow you to get a better result.
If you feel a little sleepy despite trying hard, take a nap before studying. Keep this nap 15-30 minutes. After waking up, do some physical exercise before starting to study.
If your mind is too busy, take a break and write down what you are thinking and how you are feeling before you start studying. This will help clear your mind and focus all your thoughts on your work.
One of the most important distracting factors while working is electronic devices. Social media, text messages, and computers connected to the internet. Silence your phone or keep it in your bag so that it doesn’t get distracted when someone calls or texts you. If possible, turn off your computer. If Youtube, Facebook and other social media sites can easily distract you, install an app that blocks distracting sites on your computer.
Eat healthy and nutritious foods instead of sugary and fatty foods while working. Choose things that give you energy like fruits or vegetables that will make you feel full. If you need dessert eat bitter chocolate. Drink water to stay hydrated, and even if you need caffeine, you can drink tea. Avoid foods high in sugar and carbohydrates such as instant noodles, chips, and candy. When you start studying, have your snacks ready so you don’t get hungry and look for food.
Highlight or underline key points in text, so you can identify them more easily while reviewing the topic. Do not get distracted by highlighting everything. Instead, highlight only the most important phrases and words. It’s also helpful to take notes in your own words in the margins to summarize or interpret key points.