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For many, studying is a chore they'd rather put off till later. Which means the amount of work builds up, until it all has to be crammed into the last minute.
Here's a checklist of study tips to help avoid the rush, and study more effectively.
- Have a specific place to study without distractions: somewhere quiet, without TV or music.
- Study the hard subjects first, when you're most alert and focused.
- Avoid too much studying at one time: you'll get tired and overwhelmed.
- Have a specific time of the day for studying, and make it the same time every day.
- Work out how long you can concentrate for before you lose focus. It's going to be different for everyone, so keep a track of your ideal concentration time. Then take breaks when you're approaching your limit.
- Have everything you need close by - books, notes, pens, pads, etc - all within easy reach.
- Avoid eating a large meal before studying, as it will just make you drowsy.
- Let friends and family know your allocated daily study time, and ask them not to disturb you.
- Start studying when you say you will: delaying the start will only make the task harder.
- One thing at a time: multitasking may sound smart, but it means you're not giving each task your full attention.
- Never study too close to going to sleep..
- Follow a study system such as ASPIRE: A: Approach your studies with a positive attitude S: Survey the material to get an overview of the task P: Piece it together I: Inquire if you need more information strong>R: Relay your understanding in an interesting way E: Evaluate your response