10 Ways To Study Harder
10 Study Tips To Achieve Your Learning Goals This Coming Year
As a new year approaches, it represents a great opportunity to reflect on our progress this year, help us think about where we want to be this time next year and make some plans to help us achieve our goals..
This is particularly true for students who for some 2108 will be their final year at college or university…. the final journey to them getting qualifications that can shape their entire working lives, starts now..
Working alongside some study experts I have put together a list of 10 study tips that can help you achieve your aims in the forthcoming study year..
Set Study Goals
There have been numerous studies that demonstrate how effective setting realistic goals can be.. this is not just effective when planning your studies, it can benefit you in all aspects of your life….
First of all however, you need to ask some important questions, these being:
- Am I setting realistic goals?
- Will I need to work harder to achieve them?
- Am I prepared to work harder if necessary?
If the answer is yes to all three, then the first thing you need to do is to develop your study plan
Formulate A Study Plan
Time is precious to all of us.. and you will never be as aware to this fact if (like so many students) you turn up to take the exam without studying or having tried to have crammed everything in the night before.
Create an effective study timetable, focus in particular on the areas or subjects that you find the hardest….and build in time to go over and double check everything, even if you feel you know the subject inside out.
Preparation is the key, and to quote the age old saying..”Fail To Prepare, Prepare to fail”
Make Sure You Rest
When developing a study programme, build in time to switch off and rest during the day…. even a short 10 minute walk, or getting up and making a hot drink, giving a friend or family member a quick call and having a chat. Just try and switch off for a short period of time, it’s amazing how refreshed and focussed you can be even after a short break.
Look at what the online world has to offer you by means of study tools, videos, apps, blogs etc, it’s amazing how much we can retain simply from watching an informative video for example. Just make sure its relevant to your studies
Its crucial to prepare yourself mentally for the exam room…the solution is to prepare yourself with regular quizzes, it’s a great way to both prepare and to test your memory.. they can highlight any areas that you need to address
Get A Healthy Balance
Take an honest look at yourself, both mentally and physically.
If you feel lethargic and have trouble focussing, take a good hard look at your lifestyle – are you sleeping enough? Are you eating to much processed foods or too many takeaways? Be honest with yourself.
If you are, then do something about it! Positive changes in lifestyle will make a dramatic improvement in both your study routine and your overall health
Attitude is a major part in determining your success or failure, keep focused on a positive outcome, and how you can use your own inner strengths to achieve them. The more positive you remain about your studies, your brain receptors will actually work more efficiently and you will find your studying becomes much easier. Bad thoughts will simply breed failure and dejection
Don’t Study Alone
Its fact that studying with a fellow classmate can really help, you can spur each other one, and help each other in areas that perhaps one of you struggle with.. These days with Skype and other online messaging services, its easier to work with someone even if they aren’t in the same room as you
Set A Routine
A routine isn’t just about what and when you study – that is a very important part of the process, but also is the environment. Make sure that your study area suits you, it should ideally be quiet and free from distractions.. some students find that switching study areas during the week helps too… maybe use the school or a local library one day a week.. even changing where you sit can help.. it keeps it new and fresh.
Check Out Nootropic Supplements
If you haven’t heard of them yet, it might be worth checking out natural nootropics, they are naturally formulated dietary supplements packed with a mix of herbs, minerals and vitamins that are proven to work within the brain to help boost the way it processes thoughts, memories and learning.
Commonly used by high flying executives in the business world, other professionals including Sports People, Doctors, Bankers, The Police and Military, nootropics have been clinically studied in great depth and have been proven to help boost attention, focus, concentration, memory and learning… whats more they also help to reduce the effects of stress on the brain…