How to study effectively
Want to know how to study
effectively? The following steps may help toward successful study.
Identify your study space
- This may be a desk or
table at home, at the library or in a designated area at school or college.
- You should have a
comfortable chair which allows you to sit upright at your desk or table.
- The temperature should be
neither too cool nor too warm. If you’re away from home you may not be able to
control the room temperature, but you can do things to make you warmer or
cooler - for example, put on or take off a sweater.
- There should be adequate
ventilation – if your space isn’t air conditioned, an open window may provide a
- Make sure you have
sufficient light. Ideally this should be daylight, so sit near a window. On
darker days or while working in the evening, use a good desk/table lamp or
Make a study plan
- A few weeks ahead of your
examinations make a timetable to include all subjects needing revision.
- Your schedule should
allow adequate time for study while still allowing for rest and social
activities. However, you may need to cut back on some of your non-study
commitments during revision time.
- Your study plan should be
simple. Don’t spend too much time making your timetable – an overly detailed
schedule may look impressive, but this is time which could be spent on
- Your study schedule
should also be achievable. Start your revision early and try to do the required
amount of work each day - not too little, not too much.
Organise your subject matter and study equipment
- Make sure you have all
course materials to hand – this may include notes you have made and those given
to you by your tutor, plus books or websites (such as studymathonline.com!) containing
the relevant subject matter.
- You should have all the
necessary study equipment to hand – this may include, for example, paper (lined
or graph), pen/pencil (sharpened!) and calculator (with working batteries!).
- Your desk or table should
be kept tidy – this will enable you to focus on your work rather than clutter.
Take regular breaks
- For instance, 5 minutes
every half hour or 10 minutes every hour.
- During these breaks,
stretch your legs, perhaps grab a quick drink or snack – recharge your
- Don’t get distracted -
following each short break return to your study space with renewed focus.
Continue to work with breaks until your scheduled work for the day is done.
- Don’t ''over think'' your
studies. Just apply the above steps, start and stick to your study plan and see
your knowledge and confidence grow!
Summary of how to study effectively
Here's a reminder of the steps to follow when considering how to study effectively:
Now go study!
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How to study effectively