Learning how to study not only will help you score better in school, but the organization, time management, prioritization, analyzing, problem-solving and self-discipline involved in studying effectively paves the road for your life’s journey.
In the simplest of terms:
- Eat well and get plenty of rest.
- Schedule study time; set goals for each session.
- Find a good place to study.
- Minimize distraction (turn off that phone).
- Study regularly.
- Write important things down.
- Quiz yourself.
- Use memory tricks.
- Space out study sessions.
- Study with a group; express ideas on your own words.
- Ask for help.
But also know what kind of learner you are so you can mesh good habits with your personal style.
As a visual learner, you may have difficulty with spoken directions, overreact to sounds, have trouble following lectures, and you may misinterpret words. So you learn by:
- Using graphics, films, slides, llustrations and diagrams.
- Color coding your notes.
- Using flow charts and diagrams for notetaking.
- Visualizing the spelling of word
of facts to be memorized.
This type of learner needs to hear something to know it and can have difficulty with written direction. An auditory learner may have difficulty reading and may not interpret body language and facial expressions well. To learn, they should:
- Use tapes for reading, class and lecture notes.
- Interview people or participate in discussions.
- Have test questions or directions
read aloud or put on tape.
These are hands-on learners who can assemble parts without directions. They learn better when physical activity is involved and likely are well coordinated. Their study habits should incorporate:
- Making models, doing lab work, maybe role playing.
- Taking frequent breaks while studying.
- Using a computer to reinforce
learning through a sense of touch.
- Memorizing while walking or exercising.