The question many academics and psychologists ask is why do some students do better than the others? Is it just IQ and genetics or there is more to it. No one will dispute that good studying habits has a crucial role to play.
Studying is a skill. It is an essential skill all students should possess. To be successful in school requires a high level of study skills.
This skill ought to be nurtured and developed. To be successful at school, students ought to first learn these skills, practice them and develop good study habits.
Good study habits include many different skills. Some of the skills are; self-discipline, time management, memorization, concentration, organization, and effort. The effect of having a great desire and passion to succeed cannot be under estimated.
Attitude matters. Having the right attitude for study is about the best study habit a student can have. Researchers have found that how one approaches something or a task matter almost as much as what the task or thing itself.
Having the right mindset is important in order to study well. There are times you just not in the right frame of mind to study. The best thing to do is just to avoid studying and have some relaxation. If your mind is occupied by other things, just clear your mind before returning to studying.
Here are some lists of good study habits:
Organizing your Time.
It is important to plan your study time. It is advisable to leave enough time for each of your subjects and more time for the more difficult subjects. It is advisable to comply with the study time requirement for the particular subject as stipulated by your school, college, or university.
Prioritizing your time
Prioritize your time and put off other activities to allow you to focus and for adequate study time. If you are a slow reader, it is advisable you plan your time well and give yourself more time.
Keep a weekly and monthly schedule planner
Keep record of due dates of assignments, tests, papers, field trips, etc. Transfer important dates from your syllabus to your weekly/monthly planner. Prioritize your work in order to meet your deadlines.
Study in a place you feel comfortable.
Study in a place that is conducive. Where there is a lot of distractions become a poor study area. Study in a place you feel comfortable to study. Different people like different study environment. Study in an area that is set up for serious study. Have your learning tools and materials ready for study i.e your textbooks, notebooks, highlighter, pens, pencils, computer, dictionary, thesaurus, etc. Be sure the area is well-lit and conducive. It is advisable you choose a place free from noise and distractions, and not too comfortable. Keep interruptions like phones ringing, doors opening and closing, and people coming and going to the minimum. Also try to study in the same place every day.
Practice by yourself or with friends
Practice makes perfect. Continually learn and memorize what you have learnt. Go over what you are learning over and over again and good assimilation. Practice with yourself or friends by testing yourself with practice past exams questions, quizzes, or flash cards. Set likely exams questions for yourself and see how you perform. Go over what you have gotten wrong and find out why you get them wrong. Learn from your mistakes. When learning, take notes and write down key important points.
Take breaks (and rewards!)
Many people view studying as a chore or task, this is human nature. When you are tired, take a break. The brain can only assimilate so much at a time. It is always advisable to plan your breaks in the short and long term. Reward and motivate yourself for any successful milestone.
Learn for knowledge not for exam
A real study is not just about passing an exam. Studying should be an effort to actually learn things and gain vital knowledge. Learning for exam is frustrating and students are often under pressure. Learning for knowledge is actually easier and stays in the long term memory rather than the short memory.