Need Study Tips or Study Guides?
If yes, then must read this article till the end.
Let’s accept it, every student has their own ways and strategies to study. Maybe the study techniques that work for you might not work for your friend or others. Whether it could differ on Pomodoro duration (i.e. 25 minutes with 5 minutes break) or in any other techniques.
However, Many study tips or study guides are common for all students and every student should follow them. For example, as I said above students may have different Pomodoro durations (which is acceptable) but it is mandatory that every student should study in small chunks and take breaks regularly for better study.
So, In this article, we brought you 24 Study tips that every student needs to follow for studying better, improving grades, and becoming a discipline and straight-a-student.
(Keep in mind: Reading and knowing a study tip is easy but the hard thing is to follow that study tip consistently. I hope you must follow.)
Without further ado, let’s dive into the study tips that will teach you how to study…
24 Simple Study Tips:
1. Find a distraction-free study area:
A place or environment where you study really matters for your effective study. Many research has shown that a good study environment can motivate a student to study. That’s why our first study tip for you is to find a distraction-free and dedicated study place at your home. A place where you can study whenever you want and their surroundings must support you while studying.
2. Use a study table and chair:
If you have found a good study place then also set up a study table and chair there. Although I have made a guide on how you should study in bed (that many students prefer) still I would suggest you use a study table and chair while studying.
Studying on a study table sharpens your mind and keeps you away from back pain and neck pain that you often feel while studying in bed or couch.
3. Set your time for study:
Following a routine is a sign of a disciplined student. However, we all know making a routine is easy but it’s very difficult to stick with it. So here, I have an alternative for you that you can follow easily – You have to set your time only for study.
Here is the deal:
Before going to your bed or after waking up just make a note (kind of To-do list) about what is the time you have available tomorrow or today when you can study. If you have exams in the near days or months and you want to study for long hours then think your whole days like a 9-5 job and study while following the Pomodoro Technique.
Writing a note about your study times will automatically manage your day with other works. However, If you can stick with a routine then I must allow you to make a routine.
4. Avoid phone and other entertaining gadgets:
In today’s world, your phone is the most distracting thing that you have. If your phone is not a part of your study then I’d suggest you either switch off your phone or keep it aside until you complete your one study session and use it on study breaks. However, If your phone is a part of your study then make sure to block all other apps (especially social media and games) that you’re not using while studying.
Similarly, whatever the things you have in your study room distract you or grabs your attention keep them aside from your study area.
5. Make a To-do list before you study:
A To-do list really helps you to complete your all work on time. So here you have to also make a To-do list before your study. Whatever the study materials or homework you have to study make a list about it with a time limit and try to finish each task within time. This will help you to finish your homework fast if you have and enjoy your rest day. And, when you complete any topic from the list make a cross on the list that will motivate you to complete the rest of the topics.
6. Don’t forget to take breaks during study:
I have seen many students who keep studying for long hours without taking a single break. Taking breaks during studies is very important to refresh your mind and prepare for further studies. Sometimes taking a break works like an appreciation when you solve a difficult mathematical equation.
In a break, you can perform these activities…
- Take Tea or Coffee with snacks
- Take a small nap
- Use your phone
- Do a 5-minutes workouts at home
Now, it depends on you how long you allow yourself to enjoy a break. However, it should not be longer than 20-30 minutes for 1-2 hours of straight study.
7. Write down the problems that seem hard or where you always make mistake:
During your study, you may have many problems or concepts where you always make mistakes or find problems difficult to solve. Isn’t it? So, all you need to do is make a list of all such questions and always review those questions once a week until you learn them completely. This study tip really works for tough questions. You don’t need to remember the questions with solutions, just focus on learning and understanding the concepts.
8. Learn the same information by different mediums:
Reading only books or notes for learning information is not a good thing always. You may get bored by learning through one medium. So, why don’t you try to learn the same information in a variety of ways by watching video lectures, Infographics, charts, making notes, and others? Make sure you focus more on visual learning. It is said that videos and images are directly processed by long-term memory.
That’s why this way you not only learn and understand easily but also keep remember for a long time.
9. What you learn must teach others:
If you have ever heard about the learning pyramid then you must know after learning any concepts when you teach others you can retain most of the information. However, if you’re not familiar with the learning pyramid theory then this image can explain everything.
This theory suggests that students only remember about 10% of what they read from textbooks, but retain nearly 90% of what they learn through teaching others.
So, whatever the concepts and theories you learn must try to teach others. If you don’t get an opportunity to teach others then teach yourself, whenever you find yourself alone explain the concepts by assuming you’re are explaining to others.
Be mindful of your self-talk. It’s a conversation with the universe.
10. Study everyday, don’t break consistency:
It’s okay if you don’t like to study but it’s your work or job that you have to do every day and an ideal student don’t forget to study any single day. Whether it is doing your homework, reviewing flashcards, and others, you should study every day. Taking even one day gap from your study won’t let you focus properly and the next day again you want to procrastinate your study.
So, don’t break your consistency. If you don’t have any homework to do then you can revise your notes or take a look at a new (upcoming) chapter of your book. Study for less period of time but study effectively. Be honest with your work.
11. Don’t study only in room:
As I already told you, you should have a good study environment and a distraction-free study room if you study at home. But studying all-time only in your room is not a good thing though. For me, It could be monotonous. Sparing time in a library, coffee shop, park, or other places with your book and studying there someday can be more interesting. Isn’t it? Whatever the study place you choose make sure you’re comfortable there and can make focus well.
12. Track your progress:
Being a blogger and I never forget to track my site’s progress. Just like I do, you should also track your study progress daily. Before going to bed, write a note or visualize what you studied and learned today. Did you learn something new today?
I know it could be hard to recall for you but this study tip is gonna be very useful for you. This way when you track your progress it improves your memory and motivates you to study daily and learn new things daily.
13. Clear your mind before study:
Clearing your mind before taking a class or when you study can be really helpful to maintain focus and study effectively. Before reading a book many things can be running in your mind and it can be hard for you to prepare your mind and concentrate on your study next. So, take few minutes, close your eyes, and perform a small meditation to erase all unnecessary thoughts from your mind before the study.
14. Study with music:
With music, your study can be more interesting. Isn’t it?
But, what if I tell you music improves your concentration even while studying. Yes, it’s a scientifically proven study tip. However, it doesn’t mean you should tap on your favorite playlists and then study. It is clearly said that some types of music can boost concentration and memory as well as increase alertness.
You have to only listen to music that should be different from your genre and have a repetitive pulse. Choose classical music, instrumental music, or any music that has no lyrics and you won’t have a strong feeling or any emotions with that music.
15. Try Group study day someday:
Do you ever involve in group study?
If yes then you can skip this study tip and if not then you must try someday. An effective group study can help with your study in many ways. Not only do you enjoy it but also you study longer. And, the best thing about a group study is you get an opportunity to grab others’ knowledge while sharing your knowledge. In a short period of time, you learn many things that you don’t know, but you should be active in the group study.
If you don’t have too many friends then find a study buddy (or your roommate) and study with them. Whether you do homework together or learn a new topic together, it must be worth it.
16. Weekends reserve for revision:
With learning new information daily it’s very important to keep revising your notes and what you learned. I have seen many students neither then make notes for each subject nor they revision anytime and when their exams come near they regret why they didn’t revisit and revise the materials.
So, you should not forget to revision. If you have a free weekend then you can revision and revisit all the topics that you studied in 7 days. I know your weekends are made for fun but saving and studying for at least 2 hrs can be beneficial when your exams come.
Remember, it’s easy to understand a new topic but the challenging thing is to retain it.
17. Organize your notes:
Books and notes are the best friends of a student. An ideal student always takes better notes and keeps organize their notes. In my post about ‘Notes Writing Tips‘, I told you also how students should organize their notes.
Think carefully about where to keep your notes and how to store them so they are easily accessible. Organizing your notes and keeping them tidy will save you time, and is as important as knowing which notetaking techniques are most effective for you. Use multiple colors while writing notes and use colors in such a way they should define a specific purpose. For example, you can use…
- Red for key points
- Yellow to highlight something impotant
- Blue or Black for writing theory or answers
18. Study before bed and after bed:
Studying at night before you sleep and studying in the early morning both have their own advantages and you must include these timing into your daily routine for study.
We all know how beneficial is to study in the morning. After taking a good sleep at night when you wake up your brain is refreshed and can absorb more information easily. With having less distraction in the morning the natural light also plays a good role for your better study.
According to Scott Cairney, “When you are awake you learn new things, but when you are asleep you refine them, making it easier to retrieve them and apply them correctly when you need them most. You don't have to pull all night, studying for 30-60 minutes can be worth it before your bed.
19. Use study techniques in your study:
Study techniques work great to boost your learning, productivity, and focus ability. You may have familiar with study techniques like Pomodoro Technique, SQ3R, Feynman Technique, and many more. Even, we have published an article about study techniques where I’ve given you 15 Study techniques that always work and every student must use them.
These techniques are reading techniques, memorization techniques, Time-management techniques, and more types. If you want to study smart then you should use these study techniques.
20. Reward yourself for a good study session:
How do you feel when you solve a tough mathematical question after putting in enough effort?
Amazing! I know the feeling, it looks like you got something special. So, why don’t you celebrate it?
For appreciating your effort or after having a good study session you should reward yourself. Now it doesn’t mean, you splash out money for a party. Enjoying an ice cream, a cold drink with snacks or anything that you like can work great to boost your motivation and interest for further study.
21. Avoid multitasking while studying:
Using your phone, munching on snacks, or watching television while studying is not a good thing, this is what we called ‘Multitasking‘ and a student never does multitasking. Even, I have seen some students who study multiple subjects at a time especially when their exams are coming up.
Multitasking does not allow you to make focus on one thing and when you perform other activities while studying it can be harder to focus on your study properly. So, instead of doing multiple things at a time, you should do one thing at a time, take a break while studying and in break either you can use your phone or enjoy snacks.
22. Take a good amount of sleep:
Sleep is crucial for your health. Taking a good amount of sleep for 7-9 hrs can be beneficial for your health and in your study as well. After taking a good sleep at night make you feel energetic throughout the day and you have better concentration while studying. Sleep itself has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information.
Now, it’s on you how long you allow yourself to sleep. However, a student should sleep for 6 hrs – 10 hrs, not more than 10 hrs. Make sure don’t sleep for less than 5 hrs -6 hrs otherwise you’ll feel sleepy while studying and tired the whole day.
23. Stay hydrated:
Drinking water in the right way is a secret of a healthy lifestyle. It’s said that 8 ounces of water 8 times a day will help you to stay healthy and stay away from many diseases. However, here is one more side benefit of drinking water that may surprise you.
Research has shown that drinking plain water helps one’s brain work faster. The study found that when adults drink water, they tend to perform better on mental tests. Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted. Drinking water also keeps you away from sleepy feelings while studying.
24. Include brain foods in your meal:
In our busy lives, we never take care of what we eat. Food is as to matters to your life as other tips, you should never ignore it. Being a student you should also include some brain foods in your daily meal. Here, I’m listing some brain foods that help you in your study and exams…
- Brazil Nuts
- Fatty Fish
- Dark chocolate
- Green Tea
For more guides on brain foods, you can click here.
So, in this article, we have listed 24 Study tips that every student can follow without having any conditions. All the study tips that I have listed above works all the time.
Now I would like to hear from you:
Which study tips you’re already following and which study tips from this list you found most useful, although all tips are?
Let me know in the comment…