Improve your study techniques by making several relatively simple changes to your routine in order to get the best results from your studying efforts. Consistent use of a day-planner and an organization system are two important steps in getting the most from your study time and effort.
1. Use of a day planner-
Shop for a day planner that will be a good match for your habits. Use it consistently to record assignments, study sessions, information that you can no longer trust to memory. Keep the planner handy with a pen or pencil close by and use it to record information and to refer to later to maximize your efforts.There is a wide selection of planners with an amazing number of features. Check them out, but keep in mind that some of the simplest versions are the best, for just that reason: simplicity.
2. Practice goal-setting in using your planner. Reward your efforts for using it 75% of the time, if getting started is difficult. Certainly, using the planner 100% of the time is what you need to be doing, but be realistic with yourself if this is a hard habit to adopt. Set a goal and reward your achievement.
3. Implement an organizational system that works for you.-
Shop for items that can be used as components of an organization system.Notebooks, binders, and folders, file boxes, containers that can be used in conjunction with the planner. Folders with pockets can work well and colors can be used to signify particular subjects.
In addition to using a day planner and an organization system that works for you, there are several other habits that will improve your study technique and reap significant academic benefits:
1. frequent review of notes and vocabulary
Every academic discipline has vocabulary that you need to master. You aren’t going to do that in one sitting. Use note cards, word lists, and reference materials to learn vocabulary visually and by recognizing the meaning of terms when you hear them.
2. use of graphic organizers
Create visual webs, outlines, and diagrams that make sense in showing the relationships among terms and concepts. If a teacher or professor provides one, use it. If not, work out your understanding of the course content and place the main points in a diagram to show sequences, sets and subsets of information, and to identify main ideas and their correlations to other concepts. Draw these yourself and use colors to signify similarities and differences. Remember the Venn diagram. That is a basic graphic organizer. Expand on that to show other kinds of relationships.
3. having an established place to study
Sometimes it is a good thing to be able to drop everything and study wherever you are. For the most part, though, it works much better to have a set place to study and do written work. Even at your PC, there needs to be space for reading and note taking. Having all your materials available is such a good tip. Pencils, rulers, stickies, highlighters, White-Out, scissors, Sharpies, etc. Have all those items handy so you aren’t getting up from your work area to hunt them down. It really makes your study time more efficient.
Organization is an important part of school success. Organization does not come easily to some people, so you will need to develop what may not come naturally to you. The skills will benefit you long beyond your academic years. Improved work and study techniques lead to better grades. Better grades lead to academic success and happiness with this stage of your life. Give yourself a pat on the back for each success, each step toward your goals. Being happy while you have to be in school makes all the difference in the world, so improve your study habits and techniques and see how much farther you can go in everything you want to do.