Many of us, as students, face challenges with applying effective study tips smart and not hard during exam periods at college. The pressure and anxiety that builds up from knowing that we have so many modules and so many chapters within each often stress us out the most. We completely get that! Here are some great tips that help you combat bad study habits during studying to ensure that you get the most of your study sessions right at home.
Laying down a weak foundation before you begin studying becomes the first step towards unsuccessful studying. Always know your end goal and plan your studying schedule based on that. It will help you identify and measure your success by mastering a certain chapter at the end of each study session.
Do not wait until the last minute
Cramming the night before an exam is the worst thing anyone can do. The immense pressure that comes with studying at the last minute can make you think you have everything together. However, you forget your course work and ‘blank out’ at the last minute.
Ask relevant questions
Reflect on what you have studied on that day. Take notes and make sure that you ask all relevant questions of what you don’t understand. Not asking informative questions could make you lose valuable time studying the wrong chapters. Even further, basing your study notes in the wrong direction.
Organize your notes
Organize your notes per subject to avoid mixing them. Ensure that you take notes of everything that is important and will surely help you. Colour co-ordinate your notes if you feel that they will assist you in remembering and easily differentiating various concepts and topics.
Maintaining the correct mind-set
If you continuously sit at your desk and think about how much studying you still need to do, you ultimately train your brain to reflect upon studying with a tedious and dull outlook. By interlinking negative feelings towards your study sessions, you can easily ruin the momentum for successful studying. Instead, we should proceed with a clear mind and a positive attitude towards each study session.
Take frequent breaks
Divide your study sessions by taking short 15 – 30 minute breaks every hour or two hours to help your mind absorb what you have learnt. Mentally prepare yourself for the next study session. Take a short walk, have a cup of tea, or take a shower to reset your mind.
Each student is different and we get that more than you’d think. Adopt a few of the effective study tips above. Plug in some cool and calming music, and get started with your study notes. It is important that we identify what study tips and methods work best for us as individuals, and flow with those. If you feel you’re struggling with finding a healthy way of studying, our guidance and wellness counsellors are available to help you.