We know that the idea of studying could have anyone cringing at the mere thought of the task. However, we believe that studying can be fun – that learning can be fun.
Let’s explore some ways on how to create fun study habits. How Study Habits Contribute to Overall Success in High School Graduation Rates.
- Don’t try and do all your studying at one time. Being consistent is the key to any sort of success. So space out your work over smaller periods of time. Doing a bit of studying day by day will increase how much you know and save you time.
- Know what you’re going to study before you study it. Do not study random things in your books. Make a weekly study plan. Plan out what subject you will be focused on each day and how long you will be studying it. Thirty minutes for each topic every day of the week will keep you on track.
- Plan to study during the same time every day. Like we said before, being consistent with your studies will have you passing chemistry tests in no time.
- Set some goals for yourself. If you are having a hard time with a math formula or can’t understand a math problem. Tell yourself that, “I am going to study this math formula and math problem until I get it!” Or you want to memorize ten spelling words for a quiz. Set the goal and get it done. You can do it.
- Don’t take too long to get your studying done. It’s easy to procrastinate and wait till the last minute to study for a test. But when you procrastinate you end up rushing through your studies and overlooking important topics that may be on your test that may cause you to not do so well.
- What subject are you having a hard time with? Study that subject first. Since the hardest subjects usually take more effort and energy to understand you want to make sure that you are coming at the subject fresh and ready to go. Starting with your hardest subject will help you to improve how well you understand it.
- Take notes during class and look over your notes right before you study. When a teacher takes time to write on the board, it usually means that the information is important. So it’s best for you to write it down, too. Before you start to study look over those notes you took in class, it’s like refreshing your mind and putting you back in the zone. Whether that zone is the science or math zone, depends on the topic you’re studying.
- Turn the TV, radio, and telephone off! Distractions, distractions, you don’t need them. If your goal is to study and understand your work right before the test next week, then that is where your attention should be. Once you get your studying done, you can go back to watching your favorite show. When you have distractions you lose your train of thought and the words you’re reading do not make sense. You will not be able to focus and that is the whole point of studying: to focus on a subject and to learn the subject. No distractions.
- Have you ever tried studying with your classmates? Study groups help so much when you are all trying to learn a subject. Having other people around who are focused on learning will help you to focus and learn as well. Sometimes other classmates know how to work out the math problem that you are having a hard time solving, so getting their help goes a long way. And in turn you can help them as well: your classmates may be having a hard time with understanding how to apply a formula to a specific math problem that you completed in the last section. The more thinkers and doers at the table, the better.
- Taking time during the weekend to review. School success should always be at the top of your list. Successful students often take time during the weekend to go over the work they’ve done during the week. Doing this prepares them for the next section of a subject. So on your weekends take time to look over what you’ve learned.
For a little more encouragement we’ve added a few links that offer video tutorials and learning games on many different educational subjects as well as different grade levels:
Nova Education: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/education/
IXL Learning: https://www.ixl.com/
Check back with us soon for more useful tips on school success.