If in high school, you only need 1-2 hours of self-study per day to get enough marks to graduate, then when you go to university, that time will not be enough, if you do not know how to study smarter.
Only a very small number of students can pass the academic levels with minimal effort. Much success is achieved by developing and adopting effective study habits. Here are the top 10 study habits adopted by successful students.
1. Don't try to cram everything into one session
Have you ever found yourself staying up late spending more energy trying to keep your eyelids open than studying? If so, it's time for a change.
Successful students often organize their assignments into shorter time frames and rarely try to cram all of their learning into 1-2 study sessions. If you want to be a successful student, you need to find a way to be consistent in your studies and have regular but shorter study times.
2. Plan what to learn
Effective learners often schedule specific study times throughout the week and stick to that schedule. Students who study infrequently and fickle often don't perform as well as those with a fixed study schedule.
Even if you've already completed all the things you need to learn, creating a weekly routine in which you set aside a time a few days a week to review your courses will ensure you develop your skills. study habits. That's what makes you successful in the long run.
3. Study in the same timetable
Not only do you need to make a study plan, it's also important that you create a consistent and daily study routine. When you study at the same time every day and every week, learning becomes a regular part of your life.
You'll be better mentally and emotionally prepared for each study session and more productive. If you have to change your schedule from time to time due to unexpected events, that's okay, but return to your routine as soon as the event is over.
4. Set specific goals in each study session
Simply learning without direction will not be effective. You need to know exactly what needs to be done in each study session. Before you start studying, set a session goal to support your overall learning goal, such as memorizing 30 words to pass the vocabulary section on an upcoming Spanish test.
5. Never delay a scheduled study session
It is easy to put off studying because the subject is not interesting, because you have other work to complete, or just because the assignment is difficult. Successful students do not delay learning. If you postpone your study session, your learning will become a lot less effective and you may not get everything you need. Procrastination also leads to haste, and haste is the number one cause of errors.
6. Start with the hardest subject first
Since the most difficult assignment or subject will require the most effort and mental effort, you should start with it first. Once you've done the hardest work, it's much easier to do the rest. Believe it or not, starting with the most difficult subject will greatly improve the effectiveness of the study session and learning outcomes.
7. Always review your notes before doing your homework
It is obvious that before reviewing your notes, you need to have your own notes. Therefore, make sure you take good notes while studying. Before starting each study session and before you start working on a particular assignment, review your notes carefully to make sure you know how to complete the assignment correctly. Reviewing your notes before each class session will help you remember the important topics covered during the day and ensure targeted and effective learning.
8. Choose the most ideal space and time
Everyone is easily distracted by something. Maybe it's the TV, it's the family, or maybe it's just too quiet. Some people actually learn better with a little background noise. When you are distracted while studying, you can: (1) lose your ability to think and (2) be unable to concentrate - both of which will lead to poor learning.
Before you start studying, find a place where you won't be disturbed or distracted. For some, it can be a quiet little room in the alcove of a library. For everyone else, it's a common area where there's a bit of background noise.
9. Use group study effectively
Have you ever heard the saying "two heads are better than one"? This can be especially true when it comes to learning. Teamwork allows you to: (1) get help from others when you are having trouble understanding a concept, (2) complete assignments faster, and (3) teach others, thereby helping both other students and yourself to understand the subject matter. However, study groups can become ineffective if they are unstructured and if group members arrive unprepared.
10. Review notes, school assignments, and class materials every weekend
Successful students review what they learned during the week at the end of the week. In this way, they are well prepared to continue learning new concepts based on previous lessons and knowledge gained in the previous week.