A lot of my audience happen to my students and, as a student myself, I thought it would benefit you all if I shared my top six tips for when it comes to studying. This isn’t HOW to necessarily study, though I am going to do a separate blog post on that, but tips on how to actually get down to studying.
Read extra material
When you are at university or sixth form, you are often given massive amounts of reading that you are expected to read. This may seem like a daunting task and, while you might not be able to read all the recommended books or texts, reading it will be extremely beneficial by helping you understand the topic better. Say if one book just isn’t working for you or you dislike the way your teacher/lecturer explains things, there is bound to be a book out that there will help you out perfectly.
It’s easy to forget to turn your brain off for five minutes and have a little break, especially during exam season. This is probably one of the most important tips I can give you. You might feel like you are getting a lot done but, if you don’t take a rest, you’ll find yourself flooded with information and your brain will eventually just crash. There are so many methods out there and, though I don’t use a time method, I give myself a break whenever I complete a piece of work/chapter.
If you are anything like me and suffer from headaches if you stare at a screen for too long, the best thing you could do is to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. I often have a cup of tea and a few biscuits during my study days. it definitely helps you stay more alert and energised.
I never start studying until I have my day planned out. To-do lists are my best friend as, not only do they let me keep track of what I am doing, but they give me a sense of accomplishment whenever I am able to tick something off. I like to keep all my books in one place, all my pens together, and my notes on my laptop stored and labelled correctly in their folders. This makes it super easy to find what I am looking for and move from topic to topic at a quicker pace.
Create a calming environment
There are two types of people when it comes to studying, those who can move around and be surrounded by distractions while studying, and those who have to stay in the same place and have a calming environment. I study at my desk, occasionally in bed if I’m sick or have been studying for long periods of time, and I always make sure it’s clean and well-lit. I like to listen to my Harry Potter audiobooks when I’m studying or even white noise if I really need to concentrate.
This may sound silly, but I’ve discovered that it’s USELESS trying to study when you don’t have any motivation. Even if something is due in a few ways, taking ten minutes to really motivate yourself will definitely benefit you and help speed along the studying process. If you want to know how to stay motivated, I wrote a blog post all about it the other day right here.