How to Improve Your Studying Skills

13 Sep

Set Up a Conducive Study Space

  • Choose the place and assemble your materialsA library is ideal. Yes, we know that you shudder at the thought of going to a library, but that’s what makes it so perfect. What could be more boring (translation: less distracting) than a library? However, if you’re the type who can’t focus amid that deafening silence, you should at least pick a place where you know you will be able to focus. Here are some suggestions:

    A quiet coffee shop
    A study hall
    A student lounge
    An empty classroom

    A bedroom is not a good place, since you’ll be near a phone, a bed, a TV and other distractions. After 30 minutes, you’ll start reasoning with yourself that a tube break is essential for your sanity.

    Make sure you have all the materials with you that you might need; you don’t want to waste time looking for your lucky pen (or hunting someone down to borrow one that’s inferior). It’s also best to have a table or large desk where you can spread your stuff so it will all be within easy reach.

    Here’s a quick inventory you can take to determine if you’ve found the right study environment for you.

    Make sure you’re comfortable

    Whatever area you choose, make sure it’s relatively pleasant and comfortable. Some people need silence to study, while others can’t study without some background music. (Researchers have found that listening to music can improve mental focus, though not necessarily while you’re studying.) It’s probably best to avoid high-energy music like hip-hop or hardcore rock, though–if you find yourself singing along to the music or even tapping your foot, chances are, your attention is lagging. The mellower, the better.

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    Posted by on September 13, 2010 in iNFO


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