Building Effective Study HabitsJan 11th, 2011 | By Staff | Category: Education
Studying…can’t live with it, can’t pass without it. For students, studying is a regular menace. Every day they face hoards of homework, teachers and tests. As a student gets older, their homework gets harder. This often requires more time set aside for studying. However, most students do not have an effective study schedule and plan. Most students, who do study, study incorrectly.
When done correctly, studying can be a greatly beneficial time saver. Studying can help students improve their grades and retain greater amounts of knowledge. When studying is done incorrectly, it is generally a waste of time. The information retained is forgotten and the student’s grades will suffer.
Students should spend, on average, about an hour studying and doing homework each day. Most students, however, spend no time studying during the week, and when the night before the test arrives, they study for three hours. That is not an effective study method. Cramming only temporarily stores information — temporarily meaning, for two-four hours.
The best method of studying is to learn a little at a time. Spend an hour each night going over information you learned that day. This prevents a student from spending large amounts of time cramming, and, in the end, still failing the test. Learning a little at a time will also help to store the knowledge for longer periods of time.
Each night, spend an hour studying. Within that hour, spend 15 minutes reviewing what you learned the day before. Take plenty of notes and remember to ask your teacher about any problems that you have issues with. If you wait until the night before the test to study, then you wont have a chance to ask about questions you had problems with.
There are several other tools that a student can use to study material. Flash cards are a great way to test your knowledge of a subject. For vocabulary tests, simply write down the word on one side of the card and the definition on the other. Test your self in two different ways: give yourself the definition and guess the word, or give yourself the word and guess the definition.
Other ideas include highlighting important terms while reading the chapter, finding real-world references to use when learning ideas or quiz yourself on the topics you are studying. Students can also go to after school tutoring sessions to get assistance on their homework assignments.