Have you ever thought about your study skills level? Or do you just hope to always sit in the classroom and absorb the information the teacher gives? If you do, it’s high time to start putting efforts to developing strong study skills. They can help you not only during school years but also when you try to achieve academic success at a university.
The following hints can be a kind of a swift kick in the rear to start improving your study skills while the going is good.
Step 1: Define your own learning style.
It is not much of exaggeration to say that everyone studies in a different way. We’re not robotic learners. Try to discover the way you learn best. For example, identify, whether it’s better for you
1.to see (a visual perception),
2.to hear (an auditory perception),
3.to experience hands-on learning (a kinesthetic perception)?
The easier some kind of perception comes to you, the better it facilitates your learning. But there is also a chance that you can be lucky and your forms of perception are developed equally. If not, you can find out which study skills you need to upgrade according to your learning style.
Step 2: Come up with your own method of successful studying.
The lion’s share of success in studying is eagerness plus a few key elements mentioned below.
– Motivation. First of all, you need much energy for studying to be productive. Think about the benefits, not the difficulties. In case of hardships, stop feeling sorry for yourself and quit complaining about how tired you are. It’s now or never.
– Time-management. It is not the amount of time that is important, but the way you use it. Do not bite off more than you can chew. It’s better to work out your own study plan, set clear goals and prioritize to maximize your results.
– Concentration. One of the most important goals while studying is to focus on the task and to eliminate distraction. But for fidgets it could be beyond his/her strength. That is why the best way to concentrate is to create an appropriate study environment.
– Mastering oneself. Do not be disturbed to ask somebody for help when you are uncertain about something. It is better to avoid small problems at the very beginning rather than redo the whole task. When you are confident in what you are doing and know all hidden rocks, the task becomes a piece of cake.
In spite of all the challenges, you have to continue developing your study skills. Practice makes perfect. However, don’t overwork yourself studying all night long. Make sure you sleep enough not to lose concentration and ability to remember new material. Improve your skills and enjoy the positive results!
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