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Ten Easy Techniques on How to Study

Updated on March 23, 2013

Recently, I've noticed how studies are showing that more and more children are dropping out of high school and college. More than likely this is due to the environment, personal reasons, lack of motivation, money, etc. Likewise, the highs and lows of being a student these days are numerous. The highs of being a student are that you get to make new friends, learn new material, and you get to join extracurricular activities. The lows of being a student are that you have to be in school for eight hours a day, you have to listen to boring lectures, you have to participate in uninteresting classes and last but nonetheless you have to study study study for those pesky quizzes and exams. Due to the lack of motivation or the unwillingness to complete a task, I've noticed that students end up not completing homework, tests, or quizzes on time. Similarly, we are not obtaining the necessary knowledge in order to pass these tests exams or quizzes. Therefore, I've constructed ten easy techniques that should greatly help students to study more efficiently.

1. Learn What Type of Learner You Are

By this tip, I mean that you should learn the best method that helps you to study more. Do you have to listen to music, when you study ? Do you have to have complete silence, when you study ? Are you better off studying by yourself ? Are you better off studying with a group of classmates ? This can be easily applied by testing out which methods help you to better focus on the subject that you are currently studying.

2. Always Take Notes

Whenever the teacher puts any type of writing or problem on the board, your best bet is to copy down what the teacher is saying, even if he says you don't have to copy it down. I say this because the way he explaining something may be beneficial later on when you are doing homework or when you are preparing for a test. You can go back into your notes and look at that example in order to better understand the problem that you are trying to solve or question that you are trying to answer.

3. Get Rid of Distractions (Phone, Facebook,Ipod,Ipad,etc.)

This tip can be easily implemented by not having your phone or you ipod around you when you are studying. These things tend to distract us whether or not we are addicted to them or only use them for an hour a week. Your constantly on your phone checking a test, updating your status, and answering an unimportant phone call that is about nonsense. After a while of using your distractions, you will notice how much studying that you have not completed. Thus, a great way to study is to get rid of any distractions that will stray your attention away from the subject that you are on.

4. Do the Homework

The most important thing about taking a class is doing the homework. It doesn't matter if the teacher is going to grade the homework or not, you should still do it anyway. I say this because nine times out of ten, the teacher will either end up using one of the homework problems on the test or he will use an example out of the chapter as a test question. Hence, the homework will come in handy in understanding how to configure test questions.

5. Make Charts or Cards to Help You to Study

This tip is where you use flashcards, t charts, or tables that can help you to study. I notice the best method to learn a definition of a word is to use flashcards. Another good method to use for words and their definitions is t charts. Also, t charts can be used for clumping together similar information. Tables can be used to organize information into different columns in order for you to understand and to gain knowledge about the subject.

6. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

I say that you must repeat the information over and over again because it will help you to remember. Long term memory is acquired by eight hours of sleep, repetitive information, and the thought process. Even if you think that you have information from the day before in your memory, you should still go over it, to make sure that everything is correct and that you will be okay when the test comes. You might find that you have left some information out or that you have accidentally switched a term with another term.

7. A Good Night's Sleep

A good night sleep every night days before the test is very beneficial. It helps to store all of the information that you have been studying into your brain and to really prepare you for the quiz or test. You might even find that you have a dream about everything that you have learned and going over it repetitively over and over again in your head. Likewise, when you finally receive your test, you won't feel as anxious as you would feel, if you didn't study. Trust me, I've been there and it is not pretty or fun.

8. Set A Time Limit

A great technique on how to study efficiently is to set a time limit. Every day around the same hour, you should set aside time that you need for studying. This way you can easily get in the habit of studying around the same time everyday and actually absorbing the information that you are learning. This will help greatly with studying more and getting into the routine of study on a daily basis.

9. Speak with Your Professor

A great way to study better is to make sure that you are studying the right material for an upcoming test or quiz. This is easily done by talking to your professor about notes that you've taken, homework that you don't understand, examples that you don't understand, etc. This way he can give you one on one time with understanding the material and helping you by going into further steps that will get you to comprehend the method to solving the problem.

10. Balance Work and Studying

The best way to study is to remain stress free and to really balance your time. You should speak with your boss about the amount of hours that you need cut, so that you are able to give a good amount of your time and energy to studying. I've noticed when I was working close to full time hours and how lack luster I was about studying. The less energy you spend doing one thing, the more energy that you can spend studying.

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    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @DrBill-Wml-Smith thank you for your kind words they are much apprexiated

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      As a retired professor, I really appreciate seeing this type of article. It reminds me our future is still in good hands! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your life here on HubPages, when you can!! We certainly need your perspective. ;-)

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @JackieLynnley thanks for your response and yes I must admit it is even harder now to study with more material to study and know.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I can't say it is true everywhere but it seemed with my kids and many parents I talked to that teachers today really teach less and leave more on the student to study. I could listen to a teacher go through each new thing when i went and I usually had it but when they started expecting me to teach my own kids I didn't know any of that stuff! Well I had to learn it! It really must be even tougher today with so much more to learn. Great important article!

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @LongTimeMother thank you for reading my hub.

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      5 years ago from Australia

      This is a very good hub, torrilynn. Students need all the helpful study tips you can offer them. :)

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @PaulKuehn thanks for sharing this with others, I appreciate that a lot. It is amazing how some kids may don't know how to study or haven't been taught the right study methods.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      These are all very good useful tips on how to study. I teach fifth grade EFL students in Thailand, and I'm amazed at the number of students who don't know how to study. If I write anything important on the board, I have to constantly remind the kids to copy down what they read. Some of the slower kids can't write English that well, so it is really a struggle for them to take notes. Then, too, you also have the lazy kids who have to be prodded often. Voted up and sharing with followers. Also Pinning, Tweeting, and sharing on Twitter.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @willsummerdreamer thanks for liking my article and for sharing with others.

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      Will English. 

      5 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      Good points here. Will share with people. *shared*.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @hubalot this is very true you need sleep in order to retain more information; thanks for the feedback

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      Scott B. 

      5 years ago from Princeton, NJ

      Yes! Getting a good nights sleep is key! I've never understood those students who pull all-nighters. Your body needs time to internalize the information it has just taken in

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @HunbbelMeer thanks for the positive feedback and I agree that a healthy diet does keep you energized and changes your mood for the better. Overall, Im glad that you found my hub useful for students.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Ebonny thanks for finding the information I have useful and for voting up

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      5 years ago from UK

      Although I am not a student, these points are very useful and can be applied to disciplining oneself when writing/researching articles and the like. Many thanks for sharing Torilynn. Voted up.

    • Hunbbel Meer profile image

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      It's a very useful hub for students. I believe, now-a-days, the distractions are a bit too many for today's students. You have successfully mentioned some very good points here. Moreover, I would also like to contribute with another important point, i.e. a healthy diet. It keeps you fresh, motivated and energized - which is essential for every student.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Elias thanks for the feedback and for commenting

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @alwaysexploring haha yeah I find that Im the type of person that needs peace and quiet as well

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @janetwrites thanks and yeah

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      Janet Giessl 

      5 years ago from Georgia country

      Very good hub with very useful tips. My study days are already over.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      All very good tips on studying, I could never listen to music, everything had to be quiet, glad my study days are over, lol..

    • Elias Zanetti profile image

      Elias Zanetti 

      5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Nice post.. I wish I was so organized when I was a student! :)

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Sneha thanks for the positive feedback and for liking my hub and yes Ive found that Im easily distracted by my phone and other things and Ive found that putting them away helps me to focus more

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @teaches12345 thanks for the positive feedback and yes sleep is very important in retaining learned information

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      This is a great post for students and those who have to study for certification. I like your idea to use a chart, very creative. Sleep is also very important, you can't focus on just three hours of rest. Voted up.

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      Sneha Sunny 

      5 years ago from India

      I agree with the list you presented here. All the points are very much true and useful. I myself follow most of them. And I would like to focus on the point about Facebook etc! I live in a hostel and I know that mobile phones can be a great distraction. I've seen this around me and sometimes I myself get involved while studying. It's good to take breaks and during breaks you can use Facebook and listen to music for 5-10 minutes but definitely not during studying! You should be able to control yourself and that comes with practice only! One of the things you can do is (what I do), put your cell phone, Ipad, Ipod etc in your cupboard and lock it! And don't come near it until you're done with your studying.

      A really nice and useful hub. I enjoyed reading it! Rated and shared! :)


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