If you are a student or you are a concerned parent of a student, you probably are looking for ways to increase productivity. There are a few tricks to studying well. For different people, different things work, but one thing is essential: the will to study and improve yourself.
Find a place to study:
Firstly find a place to sit and study. It can be in a library or place in your own home. Make sure it's a quiet place. It should be a place where you can sit for a few hours straight every day without being disturbed. Make sure there are no TVs, radios or stereos playing nearby, they will divert your attention. Anything harmful for your concentration; make sure it's not in your place of study. The place should be so, where you can keep all your study material and laptop etc., so you won't have to get up to go get them.
Make a study plan:
Make a study planner. It is efficient if you have a dairy in which you have a schedule of your assignment submission and quizzes. Have the syllabus you need to cover noted in your panner. This way, all you need to study and do would be in one place. Even if you forget something, you will be reminded of it. You can mark what you find difficult and then get help. This way, you won't miss out on anything and will be organized.
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Fixed Study hours:
Once you have some semblance of understanding of the course, the next step comes; learning. Learning, exploring and developing a deep understanding of the given material solely depends upon the student. Teachers can explain, and tutors can elaborate. But the hours you have to put in yourself. Fix some study hours every day. After doing that you must study the fixed hours every day no matter what. Have a routine and a schedule. Keep the weekends for bulk studying. Don't miss out on your weekday study hours, with the idea that you will put in extra study hours on weekends. That never happens, you might get some other work for the weekend or have chores or engagements with family. Hence, if you skip out on your weekday study hours, you are missing out on important study time.
Revise what you are taught the same day:
Something all students with good grades and especially over achievers practice is that they revise that day's work that very day. Whatever you are taught in your class, go home and look through it. Try to get a semblance of it and get a little practice of it if you can. The trick is that because it's been just taught to you its fresh in mind so getting a couple of revisions that very same day fixes it in your mind. Another thing you have studied throughout the week revise it again on weekends. This way, you have gone through your given material 3 times minimum, and that usually is enough to plant the concept of the topic in your head.
While studying its important to not overwhelm yourself. Don't spend 4 hours studying the same thing. A human brain can concentrate for 20 minutes with complete focus and 40 minutes maximum. This, however, is not an exact science. Everyone functions differently, but from this, we can deduce that dividing the study sessions in 40 minutes. Study one thing for 40 minutes, take a short break and start your study session again. Try to study different subjects in each study session, if you have a lot of work of one subject, try that it doesn't take up more than 2 study sessions. Studying the same thing can become bland, and your concentration wanes, and that becomes just a waste of time.
One thing that helps students in forming ideas and getting a detailed understanding of a subject is group study. Every student has a different approach to understanding a topic. Form a study group with your class-fellows. Work out days that would suit all of the members of the group and meet up somewhere common like an empty classroom or library. Discuss all that you have studied. This will give all those involved a chance to straighten out any misunderstandings they might have regarding the subject matter. Also, will provide multiple perspectives that help in developing a detailed understanding.
Have Digital now how:
There are multiple sites and applications on web and mobile, specially designed to help students. Also, there are thousands of tutorials and videos available on different subject topics. If you for some reason missed your lectures or need to re-listen to them, download lectures videos and listen to them while sitting at home. There apps of dictionaries, mathematical formulas, science facts, related to language grammar. There are also official educational sites that are designed to assist the students.
Explore the subject beyond what is taught in the class. Develop an understanding of a topic subjectively and objectively. Look through related material in the library or search online. Develop a broad understanding of things. After preparing a topic quiz yourself on it. Try to make questions and objectives a teacher might ask from you on your own. Solve it and evaluate yourself fairly. The exercise of testing yourself prepares for any surprise quizzes you might get. Because you have developed a broad understanding of a topic, solving any assignment related to it won't be a hassle.
Believe in yourself:
Another thing that affects the performance of students during exam season is stress. At times well-prepared students stress themselves out give a bad performance. Taking tension, doubting your ability to perform have a negative impact on your performance. Don't deprecate yourself, and it's a harmful emotion. Don't keep the company of the people who injure your self-esteem. Have a sports group of people who are good to you and believe in your ability to do well. Being positive gives positive results. Good luck with studying!