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Tips to Help Better Your Studying

By Sophie Rasmussen

It’s easy to get overwhelmed, or feel intimidated by the idea of studying, so here are some tips you may find helpful to prepare you for your studies.

 

Manage your time

Though it’s sometimes difficult to find the motivation within yourself, or you may feel like you have plenty of time before your upcoming assignment, leaving studying till the last minute will most likely result in stressful, unenjoyable work. When being given an assignment, make an organized plan highlighting what you want to accomplish in the given time, and push yourself to follow it. The best way to use your time wisely is to spread the work out in small portions each day until the due date or the day you have the exam. This helps to form a good habit from a repetitive pattern and creates consistency in your schedule. Be sure not to overwork yourself though! Maintaining an organised schedule or calendar would be an efficient way of doing this.

 

Get help

There’s no problem in asking those who are knowledgeable in the area you are studying for help to revise. You may even gain insight into their experiences with those topic exams or assignments and it can therefore very beneficial and non-stressful to receive some guidance. Having a verbal understanding is an important part of memorising and learning information, and so speaking to someone about the topic you are researching can really help you in this area. You can also then build a good support system for when you have similar assignments and projects in the future!

 

Reading out loud

This is a simple way to efficiently study and is beneficial for improving your memory of the topic you are revising as well as giving you a deeper comprehension of the material you’re revising. The process of reading, processing and speaking out words improves your ability to memorise them. A study done by some Canadian researchers from the University of Waterloo involving 95 people corroborates this information and reveals that reading out loud and having your mind be actively involved is super beneficial to your memory.

 

A good study space

The environment you are studying can play a part in how focused and attentive you are to your work, and so to ensure optimal studying you should find a space that caters to different needs. Stay away from distractions such as your phone or easily accessible electronics that could cause you to stray away from your work. Keeping a less cluttered desk or space may also help you feel more comfortable when working, and if you’re easily distracted try to find a quiet place where you don’t feel overwhelmed. You could even go to a library or cafe that has a positive atmosphere for your learning! Studying is different for everyone so some may find it more relaxing to be in public spaces or some may prefer the comfort of their own home, either way, do what suits your learning style best.

 

Get some sleep

Consistent and adequate sleep will help you to become more energised and therefore able to focus more on the work at hand and allow your mind to rest after having absorbed a lot of information. Not to mention that adolescents that do not get enough sleep are at risk of many health issues as stated in an article by the CDC. The recommended amount of sleep for children aged 13-18 is between 8 and 10 hours, so try to create a pattern of getting decent sleep. It is a simple way to improve your mental state going into studying as well, and you may even feel more motivated if you have sufficient energy.

 

I hope you take this into consideration the next time you need to study or have an important assignment coming up!