- Schedule your study time. Have a specific time to study and do your homework. Treat it as if you were in class. Don’t talk on the phone, don’t schedule any appointments, and don’t meet your friends during this time.
- Write everything down. Start a planner where you will write down your homework, tests, and quizzes. Write them weekly or monthly. Even though it may seem difficult at first, this planner will help you. You can just take a look into it and learn whether you have time for a trip or a visit to your friends on a given day.
- Plan your work. You have to know what you will have to do every day. For that, you’ll need to have a plan and get it done. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment when you finish this plan!
Your goals have to be written down in your planner. It’s good to set minor goals and use them to reach your ultimate goal. It won’t only help you achieve more, but whenever you feel discouraged, it will show you the progress you’ve done previously and cheer you up. Setting goals is a good habit not only in studies, but also in attaining good health, fitness, as well as in relationships, or at work.
When you do something every day, even for a few minutes, you progress on your way. Thus, study daily. Do anything you can at the moment. Even if you only skim through your notes, it’ll help you better memorize and retain the information. Little by little, you’ll attain success.
Rewrite your notes
Most likely, your lecture notes look so sloppy that you can hardly understand anything. So, take your time to rewrite your notes and make them look perfect and comprehensible. Besides, it will help you better review and memorize the material.
Use them to study new vocabulary and terminology. Carry them with you in your backpack to have an opportunity to review them from time to time during the day.
Know what to do before and after your class
Skim through the chapter in your textbook before the class to better understand the material on the lecture. After class, review your notes to retain as much knowledge as possible.
Eliminate the distractions
Turn off your phone, disable your social media accounts, and just work. Don’t let anyone or anything distract you.
If you study without breaks, you’re not increasing your productivity. You simply prevent yourself from retaining the information. So, take breaks every 1 or 2 hours (at least).
Join a study group
Explain the material to each other, and discuss it together. It’ll help you better understand and memorize it.
Are you ready to implement these tips? Go ahead!