Study Tips for the Best Grades by Chidera Nwana
Studying effectively plays an important part of academic success in university and college. Effective study habits can help in retaining information better, improve time management plus, it could be a lifesaver to reduce stress and anxiety that comes with exam season. However, it can be difficult to know where to start or even go about improving one’s current study habits. In this blog, I’ll provide some study tips that could help you get the most out of your study sessions and achieve your academic goals. Whether this is the beginning of your higher education journey or you’re in your final years, these tips can help you stay organized and focused throughout your entire academic journey.
Create a Study Schedule
In university or college, you create your own class schedule. You pick your own classes for the program you enrolled in, and the time you want to take them. This schedule provides you with a routine to follow throughout the semester to keep you organized on when and where you take your classes. The same can be done by creating an effective study schedule. An effective study schedule can help you plan your study periods in advance while prioritizing important assignments, tasks and could help allocate time to get work done while still leaving free time to engage in your hobbies or hang out with friends. There are several ways to create an effective study schedule. Personally, using planning apps such as, Google Calendar and iPhone Reminders feature to create notices for important tasks and allocate time after class to study and get work done. Additionally, I can set notifications for weeks and days in advance for deadlines. I also use a journal to fully organize my day-to-day tasks for academics, work, and my hobbies. Overall, a good study schedule can be a powerful tool that could be implemented to plan your tasks and beat deadlines while achieving academic success.
Utilizing your Textbooks
Textbooks are an important educational resource in university or college. However, a lot of students just buy and keep them stored on a shelf somewhere while relying mostly on notes and lecture slides for most coursework information. However, textbooks can be used to get another perspective or provide better insight into a particular topic. There is only so much that a professor/lecturer can talk about during class and only so much that can be shown in lecture slides. With textbooks, you can get a bit more insight into various concepts taught. Thus, making it a study crucial weapon.
A lot of students, especially me, aren’t the biggest fans of hauling a 300–page book in their bags to and from class and the library. Thankfully, Pearson eTexts are the best alternative to the traditional textbook by providing digital course materials and resources. Not only are the materials online, making it convenient for transportation and accessibility but it has other features, such as text-to-speech with highlighted words and concepts, in-text search for easy lookup, and an interactive glossary to summarize important concepts and definitions. Pearson eText makes studying easier as they help to simplify learning new concepts. In conclusion, textbooks, especially eTextbooks, are a powerful tool to make studying more in-depth as it fosters opportunity for insightful learning.
Use of a Timer
In collaboration with creating an efficient study schedule, the effective use of time management can help in boost your study skills and increase your concentration and retention abilities. This is where the Pomodoro timer comes into play. The Pomodoro timer helps break down tasks that can be done into 25-minute intervals with 5-10 minutes in between for breaks. The main purpose of this is to be able to get work done efficiently without the risk of burnout. Asides from the Pomodoro timer, there are other efficient time management techniques available. For instance, Parkinson’s’ Law is implemented to complete as much work without your laptop charger. This technique could help subconsciously help get work done quicker with added concentration and time constraints. Overall, using a timer or an alternative =time management technique can help reduce distractions, increase concentration, and help you work more efficiently.
In conclusion, these study tips can help make studying more fun and effective for academic success. It can also help you make time for other activities outside of school. By Creating an efficient schedule, using a study timer, and utilizing textbooks are only a handful of study methods available. There are many other tips and study strategies that can be found online from fellow classmates and through university resources.
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