Top 10 Study Habits of Successful Learners
To help you develop your own good study habits, we have compiled a top 10 for the most popular study habits around.
- Try not to do too much studying at one time.
If you try to do too much at one time, you will tire, and your studying will not be very effective. Space the work you need to do over shorter periods of time.
- Set specific goals for their study times.
Goals will help you stay focused and monitor your progress. Simply sitting down to study has little value. You must be very clear about what you want to accomplish during your study times.
- Plan specific times for studying.
Study time is any time you are doing something related to school or college work. It can be completing assigned reading, working on a paper or project, or studying for a test. Schedule specific times throughout the week for your study time.
- Try to study at the same times each day.
Studying at the same times each day establishes a routine that becomes a regular part of your life, just like sleeping and eating.
- Start studying when planned.
You may delay starting your studying because you don’t like an assignment or think it is too hard. A delay in studying is called “procrastination.” If you procrastinate for any reason, you will find it difficult to get everything done when you need to. You may rush to make up the time you wasted getting started, resulting in careless work and errors.
- Work on the assignment they find most difficult first.
Your most difficult assignment will require the most effort. Start with your most difficult assignment since this is when you have the most mental energy.
- Tell their friends not to call them during their study times.
Two study problems can occur if your friends call you during your study times. First, your work is interrupted. It is not that easy to get back to what you were doing. Second, your friends may talk about things that will distract you from what you need to do. Here’s a simple idea – turn off your phone while you are studying.
- Call another student when they have difficulty with an assignment.
This is a case where “two heads may be better than one.”
- Take Regular Breaks
Make sure you break up your studying with regular breaks, get yourself outside and take a short walk or sit and look out of the window for a while. Just make sure you get away from the screen. Taking short breaks will restore your mental energy.
- Look After Yourself
As corny as it sounds, if you don’t take the time to look after yourself and make sure you get enough sleep, it doesn’t matter how much studying you do, it’s not going to stick if you’re exhausted or poorly.