Improve your study habits with 6 simple tips.
If you’re a student looking to improve your study habits, maybe it’s time to start using a study timetable and also take a moment to better understand how YOU, yourself learn best. Doing so will help you absorb your study material with greater efficiency and understanding.
Tip 1 - Discover your dominant learning style
Everyone learns differently hence as has an individual learning style. By understanding your most dominant learning style you will be able to define which tools work best for you. Ultimately this will lead to improved concentration and focus in your study sessions.
There are 7 main learning styles and in reality, you may fall under several. Determining your dominant style is the key to deciphering which learning aids work best for you during your study sessions.
• Visual learners prefer to use images, pictures, diagrams and mind maps
• Aural learners prefer music, sound, recordings, clever rhythms and so on.
• Physical (kinesthetic) you prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
• Logical (mathematical) learners prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
• Social (interpersonal) learners prefer to learn in groups or with other people
• Solitary (intrapersonal) learners prefer to work alone and use self-study
• Verbal (linguistic) learners prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
If you haven't yet figured out your learning style, here are a couple of online self-assessment tools to assist you in defining your learning style. http://vark-learn.com/the-vark-questionnaire/ OR https://www.how-to-study.com/learning-style-assessment/
Each style has advantages and disadvantages. Knowing your dominant learning style is not meant to limit you, but to expand you – by helping you to work and learn more efficiently.
Tip 2 - Reflect
Reflect on what you just learned and reflect on the most successful study session you may have had in the past. You may now realise why it worked so well for you. Keep these extracted success stories and implement them on your new study sessions where viable.
Tip 3 - Carry a Daily Planner/Diary
Carrying a planner and scheduling your daily classes and activities gives you a clear indication of where your precious daily hours are spent. It’s at this point that you can block out time for study sessions, personal down time and sufficient sleeping patterns.
I always recommend you going over your planner the night before to jot down all the things you wish to accomplish the next day, always allowing buffer time between each class or appointment for the unexpected.
Tip 4 - Download our FREE Study Timetable >> click, download and print!!!
Tip 5 - Set a structure for your study session
Don't just dive into a study session without a plan. "If you fail to plan you plan to fail" It doesn't have to be detailed, it just has to be clear steps that help you achieve you designed outcome.
• Firstly choose where you’re going to have your study session (eg. a quiet place with limited distractions)
• Write down realistic achievable goals for each session
• Do a brain dump. If you own a Deen Daily Planner, we have provided a page for you at the beginning of each month. If not grab a sheet of A4 paper, just go down the centre of your focus (task/homework needing to complete) then draw branches of items that you need to complete. Example Math may have three branches 1. write down an expansion of workings. 2 draw a graph that represents answer visually 3. Type up the final report in and what to include in it.
Tip 6 - Consistency
It's important to create a consistent daily study routine. To maintain consistency you need to book your study session in as though you would book a meeting with your lecturer/ teacher.
Your mental head spaces needs to know that mediocre excesses will not be sufficient to cancel any study sessions that you have already scheduled. Overtime your consist study sessions built into study habits. Check your study timetable on a regular basis in case you need to amend to make it work for you. And remember consistency is key!
When you study the same time each day and each week, your study session will evolve into a study HABIT, rather than a booked in the structured task you have to do. Hopefully, in no time you will become more mentally prepared for each session and increase your overall productive workflow. With a little organisation and discipline, you can get all of your homework done on time, every time.
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Thanks for the tips and free download. I did the VARK questionnaire which also helped me realise why I’m drawn to certain types of learning.