Struggling to Study? Here are Some Tips to Keep You on Track
Having difficulty studying is very normal, especially when all the independence of learning is now on your shoulders as a university student. We have created a list of some of the simple things you can do to help you stay on track with your studies.
Try Mind Mapping
Creating mind maps can be very beneficial when studying large amounts of text since sections of information are spread across in a web-like way. This allows your mind to follow a process when remembering your notes. Large pieces of text can be very hard for your brain to remember, and it tends to become fragmented. This is why writing your information in small bits will help your brain stay more organised, instead of feeling overloaded.
Create Flash Cards
Flash cards are a vital tool to any student and are perfect for those bits of information that just won’t stick in your mind. They’re very easy to make and can be used for any topic by writing the question on one side of the card and the answer on the other. It may seem difficult at the start however, as you become more familiar with the text, you will be able to recall the information in small word prompts.
Schedule In Your Study Days
As a student, it’s going to be difficult at first to know when to fit in your study time and to plan your time effectively. Setting out calendar days for studying or even a timetable for the day will not only keep you focused on your studies but will also help reduce the stress of having so much floating around in your mind. Setting dedicated days and hours throughout the week will give you time to mentally prepare for your studies and allow you to plan for other things you enjoy doing.
Don’t Put it Off
Studying doesn’t have to take over your life, particularly if you start early and do a little at a time. If you focus on revising sooner, you will have time to process the information and you won’t have to do so much last-minute studying at the end, which can add unnecessary stress. Make sure you study often and in small chunks and you will realise how much less stressful studying can be, whilst still having plenty of time to do other activities you enjoy.
Staying organised with your study material is extremely important and will save you the headache of searching through everything when revising for a specific topic. Having information grouped and filed by topic will keep your study space clean, particularly if you have multiple years of study material to look through.
Create A Productive Environment
Making a productive space will help get your mind prepared for study and accustomed to a working routine. This will boost both your productivity and how engaged you are in your study. When you are in the right mindset for productivity, it's much easier to retain information and you will learn at a much quicker rate.
Take Clear, Simple Notes
Make sure your notes are concise when in lectures. It's very easy to spend lots of time writing too much and then falling behind on the rest of the information. Writing in keywords or really small sentences will help with this and once the lesson is over, you can transfer these keynotes to proper study material when you have time.
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