Do you know that the difference between students with good GPA and those with poor GPA is how they study?
So, do you have a good study habit?
If you do, congrats! But if you don’t, then this article is for you. There is no arguing the fact that studying is a necessity if you desire to make good grades in college. But today’s digital world makes it a bit difficult for students in the world over to develop good study habit.
Don’t get me wrong; I am not saying advancements made in technology haven’t made a living a lot easier. What I am, however, implying is the fact that social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram which are products of digital advancements have been to reduce the personal study time of students.
Luckily for you, the tips below can help you develop efficient study habits.
Take down key points in class
The first step to developing healthy study habits is writing down key points whether during lessons or when you study personally. Doing this will help you assimilate better and recall easily. But I am a slow writer, how can get down all the key points during lectures. Not to worry, you can record the whole lecture and listen to it in your quiet time. There is also the option of going to a lecturer or professor in his/her office seek clarifications in areas that you find confusing.
Be orderly or organized.
Like with other life’s adventure, academic journey requires a high level of orderliness or organization. Have your daily routine well-planned to avoid spending productive hours on time wasting activities. It will also serve you well to ensure your class items are always well-organized,
Limit or eliminate distractions caused by access to the internet.
True, the internet is an excellent source of information to students nowadays. But if you are not mindful, the web may turn out doing your study more harm than good. This is so because your social media profiles or accounts are on that same device you surf the internet with for information while you study.
My point here is that; incoming messages will serve as distractions and eventually reduce your study time. To avoid this, put off or go off-line from after retrieving information from the internet. Also, it will do you a world of good if you refrain yourself from using social media platforms during specific during lecture periods.
Most students find it challenging to study unless the exam is around the corner and by then they will be left with an awful lot to cover within a short time. As a result, they resort to cramming. But cramming is the complete opposite of a good study habit. Studying to know has and will always be the best form of study, you will understand better when you study to know, and you will be able to recall what you have learned during exam situation.
Don’t exceed your brain’s carrying capacity.
Yes, it is good to study. But it is essential you know when your brain is saturated. Call it a day once you suspect you have reached your brain’s carrying capacity. Therefore, always endeavor to time yourself whenever you study so that you can always tell when you have had enough.
Discover the environment that works best for you and make it your study zone.
I believe this is self-explanatory. If it is the library that works well for you when you study, then by all means always go there for your studies. Likewise, if the confine of your room is where works best for, then don’t hesitate to make it your study zone.
Know what time is more suitable for you to study.
Do not study because you see others doing so, rather discover the time that is more productive for you to study. While your friends may have found studying during the day more productive, yours could be late at night. So, discover your suitable study period and work with for efficiency.