Check here few more ideas for you to consider to improve your studying habits:
1. Getting warmed up
Let me present to you the concept of critical reading first. Even though the term might seem misleading, it actually implies questioning and analyzing your text. So the next time you read the Newton’s laws, don’t just linger on what has been printed in the book, but question it. Do you think it answers the bicycle skid wound that’s still fresh on your knee? Or, does that lead to a different conclusion altogether?
Memorization is important, even though it might seem dull. If you can’t remember, you can’t write and if you can’t write, you could spoil your exam performance. Chalking out mind maps, practicing, reading thoroughly instead of just skimming, among others could help you with memorizing.
2. Take notes in class and read ahead
Doodling was a favorite past time for my best friend. And one day a crazy thing happened in school. She was indulging in it in a boring History class and the teacher somehow got wind of something suspicious happening. She walked up to her, who was oblivious to all the nudges from her neighbors, and everybody was awaiting a reprimand with baited breath. Instead, she just stood there admiring. At this point I should tell you that our History Ma’am was an intimidating art enthusiast, connoisseur and collector. This was probably what saved my best friend a detention.
3. Develop a schedule
Even though the school schedule, extra-curricular activities, group studies, personal time and so much more have been eating into your day, you seriously need to sit down and prioritize your time. Chalk out a schedule for your studies and you could go here to learn how to go about it. Why would you do this? So that you can scratch Coco’s sweet puppy head for an extra 5 minutes without having to worry about compromising on your exam preparation time. And treat yourself to that yummy cheesecake you have meaning to for quite some time if you scored an ‘A’ in Chemistry.
4. Form a study group
Invite your friends over and turn the next horror-film-invaded sleepover into an educational one. Find time for them in your study schedule, reduce the chatter and include more studies and discussions of the topics you all agree on. You can vote on what you want to study in your next session. You can hang out with your study group in the school library or the reasonable cafe around the corner, but do not miss a chance to tackle the difficulties you have been facing. Dealt in groups, the problems turn up with the solutions quicker than you ever imagined.
5. Learn from your mistakes
This brings me to my penultimate advice, don’t let the roadblocks pull you down. You are bound to commit the stupidest mistakes in life which might affect your progress considerably, but those failures are actually the numerous ways which you ought not to go about while dealing with those situations. Try not repeating those and you are good to go. Watch this amazing TED talk to get inspired.
Can you think up some other habits that have worked for you? We would love to hear about them in the comments section.