Your exams are nearing, you do not have much time to prepare for them, you try your best, you cannot remember a thing, but it’s too late. You now wish you would have studied earlier, then it’s time you created a new strategy that works for you. Here are a few tried-and-tested habits that, when added to your daily routine, can help you in developing an effective study technique and improve time management.
- Sleep well
Studies have shown that getting enough sleep is correlated with students getting better grades. It does not mean that you sleep well only on the night before your exams. To stay focused on your studies, you should create a schedule that allows you to sleep well and wake up early.
- Switching up your environment
Studies have also shown that a change in your study environment can increase your recall performance. So instead of studying at home daily, next time, you could go check out a cafe or head to your local library.
- Stick to an environment
Consistency is key. If your house or the cafe is reliably a productive place and works best for you and then stick to it.
- Keep your supplies ready
Make sure to keep all your study materials and supplies ready in your study area, so once you sit down to study you do not need to go looking for anything. This will make sure you do not lose your flow while studying. Another useful tool to have is a doubts app ready on your device to clear your doubts.
- Create a schedule
Create a schedule of your daily activities, and remember to schedule your study time wisely so you can make the most of it.
- Listen to calm Music
Classical, instrumental, and lo-fi beats make good background music for studying and can help you concentrate on the task at hand. Try avoiding songs with lyrics or loud music, as it can be distracting.
- Eliminate distractions
Eliminate distractions by silencing your phone and keeping other electronic devices away from you during your study time. Avoid turning on the TV or radio while studying. Make sure the only device near you is your printer so that you can scan and solve your study material.
- Snack healthy foods
Eat healthy foods such as fruits or nuts, which are sustainable, instead of unhealthy snacks such as candy or coffee, which would only give you a temporary boost.
- Organize a study group
Studying by yourself works well, but it would be easier to learn the material if you can take ideas off your classmates. Studying in a group will motivate you, help clear your doubts by discussing the study material, and you might also discover a new way to memorize.
- Study in Small Chunks
Studies show that reviewing study material in smaller chunks over a longer period is much more effective than cramming up a ton of material into one session.
- Review your class notes
Taking notes during the lecture is a great study habit. But if you take the time to review those notes, it will improve your memory and would help you study more effectively.
- Ask for Help
Everyone needs help at some point, and it’s better to ask for help than let yourself fall behind. Reach out to your teachers, parents, friends or anyone you think would assist you.