You must have found this blog while searching about how to improve study habit, right? You must be looking for ways to level up your studying skills and tricks. And let me tell you, you are at the right place! I will share with you these 7 effective study habits for college or school in this blog.
Yes, you read it right! There is a thing called study habit. This is something that you have to build with time. It will take some time, but I am sure, you will be able to do it.
So here they are!
1. Revise for 5 minutes every day
Most of us leave the study work and the revision part just for the exam season. We like to relax or indulge in other stuffs!
But if you can revise your books, notes or whatever you are studying for 5 minutes daily, then it can do wonders.
Believe me, it works. I have tried it out myself.
I am not telling you to sit for hours with some notes.
Just 5 minutes is all it will take! Can you manage 5 minutes for revision daily? Yes? Great!
How will this help you?
- It will help you learn the contents and topics of your syllabus much before the exam season. Even though you do not remember the whole thing, you will have an idea. If you have the idea about the topic, it will be easier to study during your exam season and even write better in your exam!
- You will build confidence. I know many of you have troubles with exam fear! I have too. So, if you revise daily, it will boost up your confidence and you will feel much better during the exams.
2. Give a read of your class notes every day
If you ask me about one study habit that has helped me through college, it is this one.
But for this, you do need to be attentive during your classes.
It is very important that you prepare your class running notes daily. And for that, you need to attend each and every class.
I know a few days you may have to skip, and those days, you may take a look at your friend’s notes but it won’t be effective.
The notes you make during the class is more effective!
But what is necessary that you read those notes. Whatever you have prepared that day, just go through it at the end of the day.
If you develop this study habit, I assure you, your marks will double up!
What does this do?
It helps you learn whatever was taught in the class.
You set the important points in your mind forever!
As you are going through it two times – once when you are writing or typing it down and once when you revise, you will grasp the concepts better!
Moreover, when you go through the notes, you will quickly identify the parts you are having problems understanding. You may then quickly send an e-mail or message to your professor about it. Otherwise, you may even look through the book to understand it!
At the same time, your study notes will be much better with these.
3. Read online articles and books from your library
Another study habit that will help you immensely. If you are really passionate about what you are studying, then this study habit will come to you automatically.
But I know there will be a few boring chapters and topics!
In such a case, you must search for online articles about that topic. There are tons of research papers for free on online forums. You can read them in your study time or your spare time.
Read through those articles in a easy manner. Don’t pressurize your mind! And simply jot down any important point that you are finding in that article.
Not a fan of reading online?
Then go check your college library. You will find several books which will have huge content about your topic.
What you can do is?
Schedule a study week for reading online articles on each topic in your syllabus.
Can’t do that?
Then just download all the articles you find and read through them when you are studying in-depth about the particular topic.
You can do the same with the library books.
But I will recommend you to go through online resources!
They have updated information and will be written in much simpler and understandable language. Try to find research papers. You may also find magazine articles, blogs, newspaper articles regarding your topic. Don’t miss out the case studies.
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4. Jot down the homework in your notebook or just set a reminder if you are using an app
When you are in college, you will have to keep up with all the internals and class homeworks.
What you write for your internals and homework may or may not have an effect on your final GPA, but the professor will assess whether you have a clear idea about what is being taught in the class.
So, even though your college doesn’t allot any score for internals or homework, ensure you are still doing them. This will help you build a positive impression in front of your professor!
And if your university or college gives marks for your performance in Internals and Homework, then you cannot forget them.
One poor internal can have a massive effect on your final GPA! So, don’t forget to set a reminder.
This will also help you stay organized and meet your deadlines!
If you do everything on time, you may even complete before the deadlines. This will give you additional time to revise through it properly.
Receiving good scores for your Internals is as important as your final exams. So, build a study habit to not forget your homework.
5. Organize your study notes
Your study life will become a mess if you are not arranging your notes systematically! So, ensure that you all your notes sorted out.
This will help you immensely during your exam season and also during preparation of any project or research paper for your Internal!
Staying organized will not only help you with exams but will also help you with your daily studies. So, develop this study habit with time.
You won’t have to waste time searching for a particular note if you already know where you have kept it.
Use files, dividers and separate cabinet for each of your topics. Even if you have to purchase a file for a single note, do it. It will be worth at the end.
If you are having digital notes have them arranged properly in your system. Ensure that you have a copy on a drive or a cloud, just in case something happens to your system. It’s for safety reason!
Or if you are fond of writing, then you may have to invest in files and dividers and lots of notebooks! But it will be worthful so don’t worry.
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6. Self-monitor your study plans
I know most of you come up with the best study plans for your semester. You write it down and plan it out properly. But how many of you keep up with it?
I know most of the days something unexpected comes up which needs your attention.
We invest most of our study time on those things. But if you are self-monitoring your study plans, you can easily make up for those lost time.
So, always ensure that you are self-monitoring your complete learning study process. This is an important study habit you need to build.
Have a list ready for each day, and once you do it just put a tick on it.
It can be any learning process – watching an education video, reading through class notes or professor’s notes, reading books or more! But if you skip any task any day, it can mess up your whole study plan.
So, if you are planning to learn efficiently then you must keep an eye on your planner.
At the same time, it is also necessary that you check whether your learning plan is working out or not!
If the study plan you have created is not helping you learn properly, change it. Don’t think much about it. At the end of the day, the main goal is to study properly.
If you are not grasping the concepts even after reading and writing everything on time, then it’s not worthy. May be you will do better with more educational videos, so do more of that. So, yeah self-monitoring will help you a lot.
7. Review your study days
If you are already into journaling then you may have section dedicated to reviewing your whole day. Similarly, you can have a separate journal for your studies only. In this, you can review each of your study days and weeks!
Make sure that you ask yourself these following questions at the end of your study!
- What concepts or topics you learnt properly?
- Which parts you are having trouble understanding?
- Which topics require further study?
In this way, you will be able to understand what you need to plan for the next study day. If you need to ask a question to your professor or read more articles or books for your concept clarity, you will understand through this review procedure. So, make sure you build this study habit.
It is kind of a self-reflection!
It will help you plan better and improve your study plans over the time.
So, yes, these are some of my study habits which I developed during my college days. If you are a school student, you can use these as well. But before you start your study plan, ensure that you have study goals in your mind. Write them down if necessary.
Without goals, it will be difficult to move forward with your study plan. And I will highly recommend you to prepare a study journal just for this sake. So, you can remain updated with your day-to-day progress on your study plan!