Tips to Help You Achieve Better Study Habits
1/ Have a plan of what you need to do. Your teachers usually take the time to give you a syllabus for the class. Use this to create a study plan. As a simple guide, you should account for 2-3 hours of studying for every credit hour of coursework. So if you have enrolled in a 3 credit hour course, youshould plan on studying 6-9 hours outside of the classroom. Use a weekly template that breaks down your hours and slot in your classes, work and then fill around your study time. Although you might not follow this plan faithfully, at least you should have peace of mind that you have prepared.
2/ Get rid of all your distractions. Most of us could graduate with a Masters of Procrastination. So get rid of them. Get your chores done before you sit down to do your work. Do housecleaning on a designated day of the week. Wash the dishes before you open the books. Its recommended that you don’t even keep your phone in your study space, but if you can’t use the Do Not Disturb function. To get really savvy about limiting your distractions, use the tabs on your web browser and have all the tabs open that you will need, and only use those tabs. This should help prevent falling down the rabbit hole that is social media, using up all of your study time.
3/ Get some exercise! Do a light workout at the gym to get your blood moving and wake up some endorphins in your brain. Better yet, do some yoga. Recent studies from the University of Illinois say that doing yoga for 20 minutes before starting a study session can help the brain processinformation faster, with more accuracy and retain that information longer.
5/ Don’t study for too long. Acceptable sessions are around 40-50 minutes with a 10 minute break in between. The brain doesn’t like to work at high levels of concentration for too long, and studying without a break can actually be detrimental. It can make it harder to recall what you studied in the middle of a long session and you may end up only remembering what you started with and ended with. So get up! Take a short walk or have a mini yoga session. Treat yourself with a drink or snack before you sit back down. Whatever you do though, try and stay away from anything to distracting before you get back to the books!
6/ Find your study style. Some people can just pick up a book and become an expert on the subject by the end. Some people need to see something before the get they hang of it. Others have to learn the process by doing it themselves. Others still prefer hearing the material out loud. So find the
7/ Find a good study and life balance. You’ll learn and study much better if you are getting plenty of rest and eating well. If you can reduce the stress around managing your study time, you’ll be more apt to spend time doing it rather than procrastinating. With the right routine, studying will just come naturally.
How to study online for the best results!
1. Motivation is key
Online learning suits self-starters and people who really want to learn, but it can be a challenge as well because the motivation and discipline all has to come from you.
The great thing about this is that the commitment and self-motivation required to make the grade in online learning is extremely attractive to employers and will save you tuition costs if you are paying. Remember that by attaining an online qualification, you’ve already demonstrated the drive to work independently and efficiently. This alone gives you a great advantage over other applicants.
2. Set realistic study goals
Different courses have different study workloads. Make sure you know how much time is required so you can balance study with other commitments. For example, if you work full-time and have a family or an active social life, don’t trick yourself into thinking you can manage 25 hours of study each week.
Unsure about the time you can devote? Consider signing up for just one unit at a time when you first start your course. See how you go about fitting it into your life – you can increase your workload as you grow more confident in your time management abilities.
It’s important to find out about the hours required for a specific course you are considering.
3. Make online study part your daily routine
Set aside time for online learning just as you would for attending classes. Give yourself ample time to sit down and read through your materials, so you understand everything clearly.
Identify the time of day you will devote to studying. Ask yourself: are you a morning person or a night owl? Then schedule in your study at a time when you’re performing at your peak.
Don’t forget to factor in time for healthy snacks and breaks – they help keep you awake and focused. Once you refine your skills online, learning can be made a lot more effective with the application of these techniques.
4. Understand how online study works
Before you start your course, find out more about how to study online, including:
- Submitting coursework
- Accessing discussion groups
- Contacting instructors
- Accessing library facilities
- Changing enrolment details.
Getting all this down pat before you start will help you feel in control and ready to focus on your course.
Make sure you understand in advance how your course will be assessed. Are exams held at particular times? Do you have to enrol for them? Are there any ‘contact hours’ at all? Are there times when participants need to be online at the same time?
You need to get this information about the course structure and assessment requirements.
5. Get help from people in your study network
Make the most of the support you can get through your online course provider. Lecturers and tutors can guide you through coursework, while support staff can assist with study tips, professional contacts and administrative issues.
Students can also help each other via online chat rooms that most on-line course providers have, including forums and social media groups.
Your tutors will understand you have other commitments. If things get on top of you, let them know. You might be able to negotiate an extension.
6. Reward yourself for success
Online study requires discipline, lots of it. So reward yourself every time you achieve a study goal – this will motivate you to keep going and complete your course. It can be as simple as enjoying a piece of cake for getting through the week’s readings, or treating yourself to a guided tour for getting an assignment in. It’s important to reflect on what you’ve learnt and be proud of yourself.
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