How To Study Effectively

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These Study Tips are for any student who would like to stick to a good study regime. You don't have to be the TOP Brain to do that---anybody can do it by following these simple rules and tips. Its your call !!!

Be Organised

  • Make a homework / study timetable. Work on the important or urgent task first. Give equal time to your least liked subject. Leave until last the things you enjoy most and things that are least urgent. Highlight all the important task to be done.
  • Vary your study. Spending too much time on one task will give you less time for something else which might be just as important.
  • Use your study diary. Keep it handy all the time. It's a valuable tool to keep you organise yourself.

Organize your study timetables so that the most important stuff is given TOP attention time!! (e.g. PRIORITY - Top - Medium - Low)

File Your Notes

Create an individual subject files at home. This could be a 2 ring binder. Preferably use one at each subject.

Place the subject name clearly on the outside. When you get home from school each day transfer all the notes and handouts you received that day into each of your subject folder.

Before filing, read through, make notes and organise what it is you need to study from them.

  • Your subject file can be further divided into topics. This will make it easier to locate a particular topic when you need to study it later on.

Set a Target

  • Carefully check your timetable, make sure you have allowed a reasonable time for what you want to achieve. e.g. "Complete Math exercises 3 and 4 or start writing a draft for English essay." You need to clearly identify exactly what you have to do.
  • Set yourself realistic targets. When you get them done, you will feel good about yourself. Each small achievement helps to build up your confidence.

Congratulate yourself each time you reach your target.

Identify

Identify exactly what it is you need to learn in some subjects. You might have to memorise a poem or a speech. In other subject you might have to write an extended response.

So in order not to waste time, IDENTIFY the kind of learning or task that you need to do and work accordingly.

Read and Make Notes

  • By using the notes from your subject or topic files, read and make notes - write comments, make brief summaries.
  • Practice the writing of key ideas and facts from memory, you will learn better by doing this.
  • Highlight important information, it makes it easy to relocate. It also allows you to create an outline of the material as you are reading. (Use highlighter that are not too bright, they have a tendency to be distracting)
  • Write notes as neatly and as legibly as possible. If you compose neat notes, or at least legible ones, you can save valuable time by not having to rewrite them.

Note taking is probably one of the foremost components to being successful in acquiring productive study skills

Concentrate !!!

  • Don't daydream! Keep your mind on what you are doing.
  • Remember to have a 10 minute hourly break, this will help you concentrate. The best way to do it is to stnd up and face away fromyour books, don't sit at your desk starring at your book- the physical act of standing up will help your thinking back to the job.

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Understand What You Are Learning

Understanding in the classroom involves listening to instructions, being attentive, involving yourself in discussions and asking questions.

Take an active role in your learning. This will improve your understanding of the subject and will help you recall too.

  • Summarise things in your own words. When you are summarising, it should be short and to the point, capture key elements. Use diagrams, drawings, and flowcharts.
  • When you don't understand something, don't be shy or afraid to ask your teacher for help.

Revise ! Revise ! Revise!

It is normal for your brain to forget things, but this doesn't mean your not smart.

You should revise work very soon after you have learned it, once or every two or three study sessions, simply review older materials that you still need to remember.

Doing this regularly will save you having to re-study a topic in detail. Make sure your homework/study timetable includes plenty of revision time. The summaries and class notes you have made can be a great help in revision.

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Share your Study Skills Secrets and Tips !!! 48 comments

MTS 20 months ago

thank u for givng this tips...

Inshaaallah,

i want 2 b succcess in my lif..


akash 2 years ago

Thanks this really motivated me to study......


sandesh 3 years ago

thanks it was useful ...!!!


abhijit 3 years ago

study at a right time , follow your timetable regularly


Mimansa Rangi 3 years ago

This is quite similar to d way in which I study....


anamikasingh 4 years ago

thanx a lott...... i vil surely try ..... :):)


karthik 4 years ago

thankx for the suggestions , ill try today only


kalyani 4 years ago

like these things so many will get benfit so thankyou very much


Pranathi 4 years ago

Seem to be very useful if implemented sincerely..i'm gonna start following it right away ..Hope it works for me..!!


shajeetha 4 years ago

Thanks for giving me page i really confused hw to study and hw to improve my concentration thanks alott


Ritzi 4 years ago

Really great tips........ but hope it works on me now!!!!

thanx a lot 4r the sincere guidance......


Vivek sharma 4 years ago

Thanks for the tip...


ABHIMANYU CONNOR 4 years ago

THIS HUB HAS MADE ME FEEL CONFIDENT THAT I CAN DO BETTER


USAMA 4 years ago

I am doing engineering, i m doing too much effort but there is a little problem that my basic concepts are little bit weak, now what should i do?

pl z help me.

plz


kavitha 4 years ago

nice tips


Nibir 4 years ago

I will try my best to follow the instruction you gave.......thank you very much.


J.Ben Angel 4 years ago

This is really useful! Now, I Can score the best! Thank you!!!


ramz 4 years ago

very nice and crucial points thnkxx


eshu 4 years ago

really nice :-)


ayat kaif 4 years ago

THANKS A LOT FOR GIVING THIS TIPS. IN A COUPLE OF DAYS I AM REALLY CONFUSED HOW TO STUDY. I AM BRIGHT STUDENT AND I WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL IN MY LIFE. THANK YOU .


Sudan 4 years ago

.Thanks 4 creating this webpage! It is very helpful 4 me 2 study.keep on making such a helpful page...


mansi 4 years ago

nice


atul 5 years ago

nice and simple tips....


keerthana 5 years ago

wow....very good study plan...it is very easy to follow....

it really works...thank u for giving such a nice plan....


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This is one of my all time favorite hubs!


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Nice hub

I'm not in college anymore, nevertheless, I apply these methods at work and it does seem to help. I'm in the medical administration business....

Thanks


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Excellent hub, great tips. Should be of great help to students.

Best Wishes to you.

- Kamalesh


Katy 5 years ago

daydreaming is a really big problem do u hav any tips for that


Athira 5 years ago

I HOPE THAT THE TIPS GIVEN WORK ON ME BUT I REALLY WANT TO KNOW HOW TO KEEP MYSELF FOCUSED AS I DAYDREAM A LOT......!!


Dinesh pahuja 5 years ago

I read yours tips but i want to know how to make brain calm and focused on study plz tell me


Chencho 5 years ago

I'm a medical student. Thank you for the tips. I hope I can put this into practical. I was having a tough time on getting with my books over the last few days. I will work on like you said. Hope it prove out to be successful. Thank you!


sandeep sahu  5 years ago

well i'm a clinical student and trying to accept this time table it seems very helpful thanks to share it.........!


vinay 5 years ago

nice & helpful


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mathan42 5 years ago

great tips...notes are really useful as you said...


Sunanda 5 years ago

This is very nice i rlly enjoyed it and the best part is implimenting all of these techniques rlly helps!!


pushpa 5 years ago

I LIKED THIS PLAN


raksha 6 years ago

awesome


vaibhav padhye 6 years ago

I like this plan.It's very good. Thanks a lot for the suggesions.


sowjanya 6 years ago

its very interesting to know this topics


Ollie 6 years ago

Excellent hub, I think it is all about setting SMART goals.


menaxi 6 years ago

nice thoughts n great work.


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rebu 6 years ago from Coorg,India

Great tips..Thanks for sharing:)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

This Hub has some great tips

Blessings


saifuddin mahmood shoaib 7 years ago

thanks. gonna try this.


prakash 7 years ago

its good


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

I'll get my son to read this, too, thanks!


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reviews by jan 8 years ago from British Columbia

Great study tips, going to get my kids to read this!


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

I like this

Great hub

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