How to Study Better
Lifetime study is common. As a student or a self-learner, learn how to study better and do your best. You can study efficiently with lesser time.
Whenever we mention study, the first thing comes into our mind is school. People receive different levels of education. After schooling, some continue their study by taking different courses. Others prefer to self-study. There are many things to learn in one’s lifetime. However, time is limited, especially to adults who are busy in their full-time jobs. It is important to study better – efficiently with lesser time. This article offers a list of suggestions to full-time or part-time students. Many methods are also applicable to self-learners.
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1. Listen to the lessons attentively
You may attend class, seminar, and workshop, listen to an audio book and watch an instructional video. Listen attentively and make sure you understand every part of the lessons. Get the most out of a lesson for each compulsory sitting.
2. Have reviews
The familiarity of the new subjects or content can affect our first reception and understanding. We need to review lessons and notes to concrete our learning. Again, offer your highest degree of attentiveness to cut short the time spent. Try to relate and apply the materials to your daily life in your review.
3. Read books
There is a time frame for each lesson. It is difficult to cover all the topics in details. Reading textbooks and reference books is a good supplement to enhance one’s effectiveness in study.
4. Make your own note
When getting information from different sources, it is always helpful to make your own note. You need to digest and absorb the materials in order to present the lessons in your own words.
5. Don’t copy homework
Do not copy, no matter the homework is easy or different. When doing your homework, you are taking the opportunity to double check your understanding and apply what you have learned. People often have to further explore the subject matters and eventually consolidate their knowledge better.
6. Ask questions
Ask questions encourage people to think over the materials rather than just stuff with whatever given. It may be inconvenient to go after the instructor or find someone to help you out. However, it will make the future study go smoother.
7. Don’t wait until the last minute
Many students need to submit homework, take some tests and examination. Try to do homework and review earlier so that you can have enough time to digest all the materials. Wait until the last minute is not a good idea because you are overlying the short-term memory and may forget the lessons easier in the future.
8. Don’t cheat
If everyone cheats in tests and examinations, many people won’t study seriously. It is against studying. You may not learn the lessons and lose in future competitions easier whenever you need to apply the lessons shortly.
9. Avoid distractions
Many people fail in studying better due to distractions. For example, they stay online to browse some forums and chat with friends during the study. Distractions can also come from the inner world such as worrying on the daily matters. It is important to free ourselves from any irrelevant contact and thinking for a while, and just focus on the study.
10. Don’t skip lessons
When you skip a lesson and think it is not a big deal, you are likely to skip more lessons. Sooner or later, you will need to take a greater effort in catching up with the whole learning progress. Some people may forsake the study. Others may suffer from great pressure that undercuts the effectiveness of one’s study in an overall speaking.
Lifetime study, formal (go to school) or informal (self-study), help people to cope with the requirements and challenges in our daily life. Always study better – efficiently using lesser time. This requires self-discipline and sticking to the study. The reward will be an easier and more pleasurable life because we will have more time to do other things, hopefully enjoying more.
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