The Ultimate Guide to Successful Studying

Being studious doesn’t come naturally to everyone!  Studying is a learned skill that takes discipline and focus. For learners straight from school, it can be tricky discovering how to self-manage your study time, and for those retraining or upskilling, studying may feel like a distant memory! But there are many tools and habits you can get in place to ensure you’re studying effectively.

Make a timetable. Forming a timetable is an essential part of your study plan, especially if you’re likely to procrastinate. Our world of streaming television and app-filled smartphones make it all too easy to slip into the Netflix vortex, so write a timetable that sets aside specific study sessions. Print it out and stick your timetable in a place you can’t miss – like the fridge door!  This also means if you’re juggling a family, then they too can see when you need to be left alone to concentrate.

Create a study spot. Creating a harmonious and peaceful space to study is vital. Clear a desk and make sure it’s free from distractions. If you’re studying on a laptop consider resting it on a box or book so your neck isn’t straining.

Leave your phone behind. That includes your tablet, fitbit, Ipod, or Iwatch. Your concentration will be boosted no end without the relentless pinging of news notifications and social media updates.

Write notes. On paper!. Actively handwriting notes, rather than just typing it on your screen, will help you to comprehend and retain the information. Writing notes also forces you to digest the information, and select what’s of the most importance. Use highlighters and colour-code the notes so they’re easier to reread later.

Recharge. Don’t forget that exercising your brain can be as exhausting as exercising your body, so you’ll need to make time for breaks.  It’s important to take time to recharge the batteries so you can focus. Often this can be as simple as drinking water, eating a snack, taking deep breaths, stretching, or getting some fresh air. Maintaining a sense of calm will help your brain to operate at its maximum learning potential.

Change it up. Mix it up if you’re bored of your usual workspace and move off-site. This could be any place that allows you to concentrate; it could be your local library, a café, or even a park setting. Most public places have free Wifi now so make the most of it and knuckle down with a latte.

Connect. If you’re in doubt about what you should be focusing on or feel lost, then ask your facilitators for help. One of the biggest barriers to online learning is isolation and loneliness. The eCampus NZ portal facilities are designed to facilitate student engagement, and to connect with course advisors. Don’t struggle if you need a helping hand.

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