This is a guest post by Bhawani Singh.
If you want to be an effective student you need to learn how to study smarter, instead of harder. It becomes more true and practical when you enroll in higher education programs or appearing for entrance examinations like SRMJEEE, or other competitive exams. For high school students studying for an hour or two is normally enough to make it through with decent grades, but it does not work when you’re in college. You will realize that you don’t have enough hours to go through all the course materials unless if you know how to study smarter.
If you’re aspiring to become a successful student and achieve the success you need to develop and apply effective studying habits. Below are five study habits of highly successful students:
1. Do not Cram All of Your Studying in a Single Session
We all have been in situations where we were awake all night studying and struggling to keep our eyelids open at the same time. Well, this a bad habit and ineffective too. You need to change it. The first thing you need to do is to stop cramming all of your studying into one or two sessions. Instead, space your studying sessions over shorter periods of time. To be an effective student you should also need to be consistent in your studies. Your study sessions should be regular, but shorter.
2. Plan When You Will Be Studying
Planning your studying sessions is one of the most important traits of successful and effective students. You should schedule your studying sessions at specific times throughout the week and stick to it. You are less likely to succeed if you are studying sporadically and whimsically. Even if you’ve gone through all of your course materials, it is still imperative to create a weekly routine, where you will allocate a specific period of time usually a few days per week to review all your subjects or courses. This will help you develop a consistent and planned studying session that will help you to succeed in your education in the future.
3. Your Study Time Should Have a Specific Goal
Studying without direction won’t take you anywhere. To be an effective student you should know precisely what you need to accomplish during every study session. Before beginning to study, set a specific goal for the study session that will compliment your overall academic goal. To give you some context, let’s say your target will be to memorize 50 vocabulary words to nail the vocabulary section of your upcoming French language test.
4. Stop Procrastinating on Your Planned Study Sessions
This is common among all the students. Procrastination will disrupt your planned study sessions. You’re are procrastinating because you have no interest in studying the subject, or you’re thinking of doing something else that needs to get done, or simply because the assignment is difficult. Successful students never procrastinate studying. If you’re in the habit of procrastinating on your study session, get rid of it as soon as possible. Otherwise, your studying will become less effective and you may accomplish what you set for. Furthermore, procrastination can lead to rushing and cramming, which is one of the major reasons for poor studying habits and mistakes.
One way to combat procrastinating is to make sure you aren’t distracted by anything when you’re studying. We all get distracted by something now and then, maybe it by phone calls or the notifications on our smartphones or the computer. We also get distracted by our family or visiting friends. Some people get distracted when it’s too quiet. There are students who can actually learn and study better with a little background noise or music. Being distracted while studying disrupts your thought process and your focus, both of which are detrimental for effective studying. Before you start studying locate a place or spot where you won’t be distracted or distracted or find a common area with little background noise.
5. Start by Studying the Most Difficult Subject First
First study the assignments or subjects that are the most difficult and requires the most effort and mental energy. Once you’re done with the most tedious projects, you will find it much easier to go through the rest of your subjects. Starting your studying sessions with difficult subjects will immensely improve the overall effectiveness of your study sessions as well as your academic performance.
Bhawani Singh has over five years of experience in the field of Education. He specializes writing articles on Education-related topics on his blog. He is presently working at https://www.collegebatch.com, a reputable presence in the education industry.