Helping Students Gain Better Study Habits

Studying is one of the most important responsibilities you have during school. Maintaining good study habits will help you learn your material and succeed. Conversely, poor study habits will make it harder for you to excel in your courses. Fortunately, there are several techniques you can use to improve your study habits during school. More information about these techniques is included below.


Organization

Whether you are completing homework or studying for an exam, it helps to be organized. Good organizational skills will prevent you from forgetting assignments or failing to study for a test. In addition, being organized reduces the anxiety associated with schoolwork. If you know what you need to do for the next school day, you won't worry as much. Some of the best ways to get organized include setting a time every day for study, purchasing a planner to record the due dates of your assignments, and using an expandable file folder to keep track of important papers.

Environment

Your study environment refers to the area in which you choose to study. It is typically best to study in a quiet area with no distractions. Most students do better without the television on. In addition, you may benefit from keeping healthy snacks, such as apples, near your study area. Furthermore, many students benefit from keeping their study areas clean and well-organized.

Goals/Time Management

To succeed during any level of school, developing clear goals is a necessity. When you have goals, it is easier to focus on your schoolwork because you know what you are working toward. It is also helpful to learn time management skills. These skills will help you to meet the educational goals you have set for yourself. By managing your time effectively, you will be able to study when you need to, complete your homework by its due date, and prepare for exams.


Motivation

One of the best ways to ensure that you succeed in school is to find sources of motivation. There are two main types of motivation: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation involves internal motivators, such as the desire to do well for your own pleasure. Extrinsic motivation involves external motivators, such as rewards for good grades. Students can benefit from both types of motivation, but students with intrinsic motivation tend to perform better than students who rely on only extrinsic motivation.


Learning Styles

Another important factor to consider when you study is your learning style. Students learn best in different ways. Some students learn better when they read something, while others benefit from hearing a teacher's explanation. Yet other students are visual learners that need to watch demonstrations or look at pictures. Identifying your learning style will help you customize your study habits so that you get the best possible results.

 

Written by Grace Ann Stanford

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