There are many ways to study. Some people draw mind-maps, others learn better through reading and memorising text, and still more like to take to their books with neon highlighters.
But the truth is that everyone is different, and therefore you need to find the method that works best for YOU. The following are general, time-tested methods for getting the most out of your study time, with tips on how to tailor each method to your individual needs.
1. Use mind-maps, or if you’re more oriented to text than to visuals, flashcards. Carry these around with you so you can whip them out and review your course material whenever you have a free moment. You’ll cover a surprising amount of material, rather than simply wasting time.
2. Keep an assignment diary. Simple organisation of all your projects goes a long way towards effective studying. It doesn’t matter if you use your smartphone, diary or a whiteboard in your room, as long as you note down each assignment for each subject.
3. Manage your time – and your study environment. Have a programme for your daily activities that includes study time. Common wisdom suggests that for each hour in lectures, you should study for two hours on that subject. Of course, everyone reads and studies at different speeds so be honest about your abilities and work accordingly. One more point on this topic – and it applies to everyone, even you – switch your phone off while you’re studying!
Getting into the habits listed above is a great way to improve your self-discipline and consistency in action, which are the keys to success in every field of life. At the end of the day, only you are responsible for your success. You deserve it, so make the effort to follow through on these simple tips.
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