7 Effective Study Habits to Improve Your Learning 95

7 Effective Study Habits to Improve Your Learning

The following article is a guest post.

Many students leave everything for the last day.

Studying a night before your exam or assignment’s submission isn’t a practice that will get you effective results. It’s the opposite of knowing how to study smart. However, it is never too late to develop a good study routine.

The sooner you make your temperament for study, the more your chances of acquiring good grades will improve. 

Make the most out of your learning with these great study tips, and don’t let the stress take a toll on you.

The Effective Study Habits You Should Adopt Soon

1. Organize Your Study Area.

Be sure that your study area has enough space to accommodate your books and notes.

A well-lit area with a comfortable chair adds a lot to the overall pace of your study. Try getting rid of everything that might distract you from studying well for that particular time period.

2. Set Study Goals.

Many credible researches have proposed that goal setting is an effective strategy that helps people achieve their objectives.

Before setting a goal, you must consider these questions: Are your goals realistic? How much input will you need to give to achieve those goals?

Set goals for specific time periods and see if you are able to pursue them. If things don’t go as planned, you might need to reconsider your strategy of goal setting.

3. Plan Your Time.

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Set alarms that will keep you in line with your study goals. A consistent reminder will keep you honest to your plans and on track.

Use a wall planner and outline important dates on it. Use this planner when you are studying to stay informed on assignments and exams dates.

Prepare a to-do list at the beginning of each study session so that you know your objectives and manage them in your time.

Set time limits for each study session. In case you are unable to complete your objective in the fixed time, reflect on if it’s the best strategy you should continue with, or should you work on something new.

4. Embrace New Technologies.

Students should incorporate technology as a new method of learning into their study plans.

There is no longer a need to write things down on a piece of paper if you wanna study smart.

Though, the conventional method still holds an important place. However, personalized study options are becoming popular with time. Online tools, blogs, social media, videos, or smartphone apps have made learning more user-centered and flexible. Turn these effective study habits into a regular things and you’ll see results faster.

5. Review and Revise.

Revising what you learned weekly or monthly is a good way to refresh what you have studied so far.

You can revise by creating your own study notes or presentations. Test yourself by answering questions from previous exams or make your own flash cards that assist you to study better.

Revising and reviewing will enable you to learn two times: once when you prepare your study content, and second when you use that content for revision.

6. Take a Break.

It is essential to take small breaks during the study to keep your mind refreshed and exhaustion-free.

Sitting at one place for longer periods of time will only make you feel tired and frustrated. Also, spending your energy on a task for too long may lessen your performance.

Leave your desk or study area when you take a break.

7. Do Group Studies.

Sometimes, studying in a group brings more effective results. Different people with different ideas and understanding of the subject matter will share valuable information with each other. Select study partners who you have a good understanding with and have the similar goals as yours. 

These are only some of the tips that you can act upon to make the most of your learning. You might want to have a discussion with your course mates or get guidance from your supervisors to have some great suggestions.

What will you do first to build effective study habits?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.