You’ll get more out of your studies if you develop strong study habits.
Once you discover the time of day you learn the best, it’s good to learn whether you are a visual learner or if reading alone works for you. Visual people need to see a picture of some kind in front of them to really pick up what they’re trying to learn.
Avoid putting your studies off to the last minutes. Life sometimes makes this difficult, but there is less stress involved if you give your self time to absorb what you are reading with out being in a rush. Try to make sure there are no interruptions or at least very few distractions so you can focus on your work.
Try to keep your study materials as organized as possible. If you have your papers, textbooks, pencils and other study materials scattered all over the place you’ll have a hard time trying to keep everything together. You won’t know what notes go with what class which makes studying more difficult. To be a step further, have a certain place you keep your study materials at home so you know exactly where it is all the time.
Head for the library if that is a place that helps you to buckle down and hit the books. Not just because it’s a library, but because it’s mostly quiet and a great place to study with almost any kind of book you may need and have access to the internet all in one place.
Set goals for yourself. Push yourself to get 20 pages into your textbook within a 2-day time frame. Be as disciplined as possible to reach that goal. Do not jump all over yourself if you mess up and don’t make those 20 pages. Instead, allow it to be okay if you only get 12 of the 20. Maybe figure out what happened to make yourself not reach the 20 you were aiming for and reset your goal.
Remember to reward yourself when you stick to these study goals. Set a side time to have fun and relax. You don’t want to spend all of your time hitting the books. You will burn yourself out if you do. Even avid book readers need to rest their eyes. Something as simple as taking a walk or hanging out with a friend is a great way to take a break in between studying.
Feel some pride as far as your study habits go. Do not feel bad that you are putting your education on a level of importance. It’s important to you and those who respect you will respect that you make studying an important thing to make time for. Putting your studies on a level of importance will help you succeed and do great things with your education.
Make sure you get along with your instructor at least for the most part. You don’t want to deal with a teacher who you feel doesn’t like or respect you and vice versa. You want to be able to communicate with your instructor about assignments, your grade and how to better your education for that class.