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How to Study Better

February 28, 2019

How to Study Better

Are you studying the “right” way? The truth is, there isn’t really a “right” way to study . . . but there are some study habits and tricks that you can use to make sure that you are making the most of your study time. Here are some tips to help you study better.

How to Study Better

Know exactly what you need to study

This may sound obvious, but do you know exactly what you need to study? Are you 100% certain of the books or articles you need to read and the notes you need to review? Are there other things you need to study for? Your professor will tell you what will be on the exam; make sure you are aware of this information and have all the materials you need.

Plan your schedule

After you know exactly what you need to study, create a schedule to be sure that you make time for everything you must do. Give yourself more time than you think you will need (and be sure to schedule some time to go to office hours and tutoring).

Make a study space

Create a space that is free of distractions and clean: research shows that you will work and study better in a clean space!

Put your phone away

Speaking of distractions: PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY!

Eat before studying (and have snacks)

Make sure that you are not studying on an empty stomach. At the same time, be careful not to eat a HUGE meal before studying: many people get tired after eating a large meal, and you don’t want to be tired while you are studying. Have some snacks ready in case you get hungry, and take a real break to enjoy this snack (don’t just eat while you are studying: you won’t enjoy your food)!

Take breaks

Take real breaks. Go for a walk, do some stretches, call your family, take a nap . . . do whatever you need to do to reset your mind. Whatever you do, DON’T go on social media: you could spend too much time there, and then you will waste time that you should have spent studying!

Try different study techniques

There are many different study techniques. Which work for you? Try different ones to see which helps you retain information the best. Trying different techniques will also ensure that you don’t become bored with studying.

Above all, enjoy the learning process! Education is a privilege; we are lucky to be able to learn.


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