Manage Your Time
Try and set a specific time to study every day and you’ll find that it makes things so much easier. Look at the classes you have to attend, work out the time that you need to get to them and then set a realistic time every day so it almost becomes like part of your daily timetable. And how much studying do you need to do?
Well you can use a formula that goes something like this: for every hour of class, put in an hour and a half to two hours of study. Why the difference? Well, some of you might read much more quickly than others, some might take a longer time to absorb the same material. So it figures!
Just keep in mind that very often the ones who are slower tend to remember for longer, so it evens out! If you can study soon after your class, that makes it even better because everything is fresh in your mind.
Do take a quick break in between to relax. And remember – don’t push yourself. If you begin over scheduling your study hours, you’ll find yourself overexerting and that doesn’t really work too well in the end.
Where to study
You probably will think it doesn’t matter but it does! We’re talking about the place you choose to sit and study. How do you know you’ve chosen well? Well, let’s tell you how to choose so you can concentrate on your studies and don’t get disturbed or distracted. Let’s go through a process of elimination first.
Don’t choose a place that may not be available always to you. Don’t go park yourself in a place where you know you will be interrupted or distracted. And don’t choose a place that’s either too hot or too cold or your mind’s going to be on the temperature, not on your books! Now for the ‘dos’.
Make sure the place you choose is well-lit and airy so it’s a pleasure to be in, not a drudge. Find yourself a comfortable chair – but not too comfortable so you fall asleep! Keep all your study material at hand so you don’t have to go up and down searching for it.
And try and have a large work area or desk so all your material is close by. Keep it neat so there is enough space for you to write comfortably. And last but not least, lock the door if you can and make sure no-one disturbs you.second. We started in a living room back in 2006 and have been steadily working to build our company into a world-class contender. Today we operate a set of popular marketplaces for digital goods, a family of leading tutorial sites and a series of niche sites and projects.
About the author
ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.