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5 Tips to Study Better

Updated on February 27, 2014

Learn How to get Higher Grades

For most students, studying is not the most fun activity to do. However it is necessary if you want to get good grades.

So it is important to learn how to study better and to make it a bit more pleasant. Learn how to maximize your time when studying with some good tips. When to study, how to study, what to eat and many other advice.

On this Lens, you can see some tips to improve your studying methods and to share with other people what are your studying habits.

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Prepare Yourself Mentally

Think about how you get ready to do something you like (watching a movie, playing a game, going out). How do you prepare the atmosphere? What is the posture that you adopt? Do you have food near you? Do you like to have everything organized?

The point is to make studying a little bit more attractive. So a good atmosphere can give you a big help in order to feel better to study.

Organize your working table. Have next to you all the things you are going to need: books, notebooks, school materials, dictionaries, etc. That way you are going to save time because you won't be needing to get this and that. And try to keep the table organized and clean. A messy table can make you loose more time and distract you more.

A very large portion of a true students work must be done outside the classroom.

Know your Rhythm

Every person has a different rhythm and different time of learning. So it is very important for you to know how long you take to learn things. Some people are more detailed and thorough, so they will need more time to study.

For some people studying in the morning, for others it's better in the afternoon and there are some students that prefer to stay up until late at night while studying. You have to learn what is best for you and try to study at that time.

However, no matter how long are you going to spend studying, you have to keep in mind that is important to take some breaks once in a while. You can rest for 10 minutes every half an hour, for example.

It is important that you keep in mind that you brain gets tired. So to take better advantage of your study, you must take breaks. Go for a walk, listen to music, dance, talk to someone. The most important thing is to give your brain a moment to rest.

Learn More About your Memory

Knowing how the human memory works can help you a lot when it comes to studying. Studies have already demonstrated that, when it comes to texts, people remember better the first and the last thing they read, having trouble remembering the middle part. The same occurs with daily activities.

And as we can't change this, we need to work on it. So, try to study the most important parts in the begging or in the end of your study session. That way, you are going to give the best use of your brain.

One of most important things about our memory, that most people forget, is that we need to eat and sleep well. Try to keep a good sleep routine, drink a lot of water along the day, eat fruits and vegetables and try to avoid those unhealthy snacks that students like to eat (chips, cookies, sweets, etc).

Natural Pills to study better

These pills are going to help you concentrate and focus better, boosting your attention and help you with your memory.

Planning

No matter how much you have to study, it is always a good idea to have a good plan for the study. You can divide the whole subject in smaller topics and arrange a plan on how your are going to study that and how much time you are going to spend on each topic.

Doing this will help you learning which are the most important elements of the text and keywords. Also you can use the old technique of related difficult word to simpler ones or with funny phrases. This is another great option to remind things better.

Before starting your study, you have to answer to a few questions:

  • What to study?
  • How to study?
  • Where to study?
  • When to study?
The better you plan your study, the more successful it will be.

If you focus on results, you will never change.

If you focus on change, you will get results.

— Jack Dixon

Mental Map

Creating diagrams can help you memorize information easier. So, starting with a main concept, create subcategories, with less important concepts. There you can include any term or idea that you consider important and it will be easier to remind it.

Mental maps are easy and simple to create and you are going to notice that they are more efficient than a simple list. It will help you remind a lot more information because of the way it is created, following a specific line of thought. This will help you be more productive and safe time.

Furthermore, learning how to make mental maps can help you on your future life. It will develop your ability and your organization. It can help you with a shopping list, an activity plan, elaborating a text and planing tasks.

What kind of student are you?

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    • Dhookraj Singh profile image

      Dhookraj Singh 

      4 years ago

      Useful tips!

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      This is an excellent lens on study techniques. I like the Cornel style of note taking and I use bubble grams which are similar to your mental map.

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @Zeross4: Thank you so much.

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      Renee Dixon 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Very useful study tips, will have to bookmark this. Well written, I've loved all your lenses so far :)

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @g0d0fw4rz: I'm glad I can help someone :D

    • g0d0fw4rz profile image

      g0d0fw4rz 

      4 years ago

      Thanks! This helped me a lot!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      A lot of students should learn from this informative lens! - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Good advice for keeping sharp.

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      Martina 

      4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Great tips!

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      stanger66 

      4 years ago

      Some great advice

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      Faseeha Harthim 

      4 years ago from Malaysia

      Great lens! I'm not much of a studious student but I like to pump myself up with inspiring lenses like yours! :) Just started my first day of the new semester... Hope to get some serious studying done!

    • faseeha lm profile image

      Faseeha Harthim 

      4 years ago from Malaysia

      Great lens! I'm not much of a studious student but I like to pump myself up with inspiring lenses like yours! :) Just started my first day of the new semester... Hope to get some serious studying done!

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      Ben Reed 

      4 years ago from Redcar

      Great tips here - thank you.

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      Colin323 

      4 years ago

      Yes, a good range of sensible and effective tips here. I think too, that making notes as you read can help concentration and helps the student focus on and identify the key points in any text. There is some evidence too, that reading in short bursts -usually a max. of 50- 60 minutes for most people, then taking a five minute break before re-commencing reading - is more effective for memory retention, than reading in long unbroken stretches.

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @Colin323: Thanks for your opinion :)

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @Colin323: Thanks for your opinion :)

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @SteveKaye: Thank you :)

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      SteveKaye 

      4 years ago

      Excellent tips. These should help many.

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @opatoday: That's great LOL :)

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      opatoday 

      4 years ago

      Going to make my grandson read this

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @darkflowers: Thank you! :)

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @darkflowers: Thanks :D

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      Anja Toetenel 

      4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Great Lens Fufurinha, loved it, very useful advice for students! Have a lovely day!

    • Fufurinha47 profile imageAUTHOR

      Beatriz 

      4 years ago from Portugal

      @sarinogym: Thank you :)

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      sarinogym 

      4 years ago

      Nice lens and I really like that quote from Jack Dixon

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      RuralFloridaLiving 

      4 years ago

      Very helpful tips. Thanks for sharing!

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