First things first, get a routine study schedule and stick to it. Before you settle in for a good block of studying, think ahead about what you want to accomplish and be sure to have everything you’ll need on hand. Weaving a few of these practices into your routine can help you get the most bang for your buck.
Brain Food – Sit down, enjoy a balanced meal and recharge after a long day at school. Grumbling bellies tend to upset study sessions!
Hold My Calls – Turn off the TV and let voice mail handle the incoming messages; the sooner you concentrate on your studies, the sooner you’ll be finished.
Test Self-Help – Do yourself a favor next time you test: Take a moment to read and fully understand the directions, then work through the less difficult questions to build your confidence.
Study Alert! – Plan study times when you are most alert, steering clear of late night and early morning cram sessions. Avoid rooms that are poorly lit and excessively warm.
Me, Myself and I – Question yourself out loud to prepare for tests, and get comfortable summarizing information in your own words. It’s okay to stop and tell yourself what you’ve just read.
Know the Know-It-Alls – Learn all you can about your local resources. Find time to brush up your library research skills using electronic searches, microforms, media, archives, periodical stacks, etc.
The Sound Barrier – Contrary to a long-held belief, listening to music isn’t necessarily an impediment to serious study time. In fact, new reports are saying that tuning in is turning out okay in most situations.
Setting aside time to study is certainly the most important thing you can do. But making sure you use that time as efficiently as possible can be the difference between good grades and great grades!