StudyingFrom PsychCentral, here's a list of 8 Highly Effective Study Habits (see article for details).  The list:

1. Adopt the right study mindset
2. Know the class/exam expectations
3. Choose an effective study location
4. Have the right study materials
5. Use helpful study strategies
6. Network with peers
7. Set a schedule you can follow
8. Practice self-care

Here's another, overlapping list of most effective approaches to studying:

  • Creating a study schedule and sticking to it. This will help you to stay on track and make sure that you are studying enough.
  • Finding a quiet place to study where you will not be distracted. This will help you to focus and learn more effectively.
  • Taking breaks every 20-30 minutes to avoid getting burned out. Get up and move around, or do something else that will help you to clear your head.
  • Reviewing your notes regularly. This will help you to remember the material better.
  • Creating practice tests or quizzes. This will help you to assess your understanding of the material and identify areas where you need more practice.
  • Studying with a group of friends or classmates. This can help you to stay motivated and on track.
  • Getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods. This will help you to be mentally and physically prepared for studying.
  • Asking for help when you need it. Don't be afraid to ask your teacher, tutor, or classmates for help if you are struggling with the material.

Try it all out. None of it can hurt. Happy, effective studying!

December 9, 2010
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