Face it, you know how much time you spend on the internet not doing work. It is easy to procrastinate, but becoming a successful student is just a matter of habit, specifically study habits. Brain research has revealed the best ways the mind learns information. You can use this research to practice 4 of the most effective study habits. Learning how to become a successful student is just a matter of creating new habits.
How To Study Tip #1
Think about where you sit when you enter the classroom. What is your first impulse? Students who do well in classes usually sit in the center row or the front row. There are common sense reasons for this. Students sitting in the center row or the front row have less temptations or distractions. They have the full attention of the teacher. Note taking should be easier and their questions get answered faster. Here is a tip that takes almost no extra effort on your part. All you have to do is show up and sit down in the right spot. How easy is that? Here is the first step in creating a new habit and becoming a more successful student.
How To Study Tip #2
Find a quiet spot that you have all to yourself. You don’t need much space, just enough for your books and study materials. It could be a place in the library, an empty classroom, a coffeehouse, anywhere you have good lighting and minimal distractions. Visit this spot everyday, make spending time in this place on a daily basis a habit. Bring everything with you that might be needed to study. Prepare to bring the right notebooks, books, highlighters and any other tools you might need. Set time aside each day to complete your homework, finish assigned reading and review your class notes. Keep going to this study spot, make it your new study habit to sit down in this study spot each day. Carving this time out of your day will go a long way in helping you become a successful student. Even if you mess up and don’t get any work done, keep going at the same time, keep bringing your schoolwork and you will create a study habit that will help you beam a more effective student.
How To Study Tip #3
Here is a tip you can use for the rest of your life. I know you have heard this before. Goals will help you focus on where you want to go. Think about what you want for yourself in school. Be as specific and realistic as you can be. “Get good grades” is not specific enough. Everyone is different. Focus on one class you are taking. Do you want an A in the class? Now break it down. Ask yourself what it will take to get an A? Look at the syllabus. What graded assignments are coming up? Focus on the next assignment. What do you have to do to ace this assignment? Memorize the vocabulary on page 42? Now, how much time will it take learn that vocabulary? Now you know what you have to do when you visit your study spot tomorrow. Now you know how to be productive with your time. Decide on your long term goals and then break those goals down into doable short term goals. Use the time you spend in your study spot to accomplish your short term goals and, eventually, at the same time, your long term goals.
How To Study #4
So, you are working hard. You put yourself in the right place in the classroom. You have a study spot and have been visiting on a daily basis. (Here is the rub…) You have been doing actual work in your study spot. Now you should reward yourself. Make sure the reward is proportional to the effort involved. Use small rewards for short term goals. Plan larger rewards for long term goals. Honestly, it is hard to keep using effective study habits everyday. Life has plenty of fun temptations. This is why planning ahead with goals helps you focus and rewards, small and large, will help with motivation. You need something to strive for, something to help you stay disciplined. Making effective study habits actual habits in your life will make studying easier. Rewards help to keep you focused on your goals.