Everybody has got a different "learning style". Consequently, everybody has a different "studying style". But the way that you're studying right now might not be the best for you. How would you know?
Simple: If your grades are not what you would like them to be, then you probably have to modify how you study! I am going to give you a few suggestions on how to study effectively. They worked for me when I was in high school, college, and grad school. Given that everybody's learning style is different, a few of my suggestions may not work for you, at least not without some individual adjustments.
All the same, I recommend you to try them. Many successful scholars use them (or some slight version of it). Throughout this book I'm going to let you in on why studying is important, tips on how to study, exam survival tips, and scoring big on homework and tests! Effective study skills have to be applied in order for you to improve. It is not enough to simply entertain the thought of studying; you have to actually do it.
Effective study skills have to be applied in order for you to improve. It is not enough to simply entertain the thought of studying; you have to actually do it. This is the central idea of this book. All that follows depends on this single concept. There's a saying that goes like this: "Practice does not make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect." If you would like to be a success, take this saying to heart.
There is value in a schedule.
Prior to you even thinking about the process of studying, you must create a schedule. If you do not have an agenda or plan for studying, then you won't not have any way of allocating your valuable time when the unexpected arises. An effective well thought out schedule can be a lifesaver. It is up to you to learn how to produce a schedule that meets your demands, revise it if necessary and most important, and abide by it.
A schedule saves time.
All schedules should be made with the theme that they can be revised. An effective agenda keeps you from drifting off course. An effective schedule, if properly handled, assigns time where time is required, but you have got to want to do it!
Making each hour count.
A schedule should take into account each class, laboratory, lecture, social event, and other work in which you engage. You have to center on the other "free time" available and how you'll use it.
Create a weekly schedule and block off the 24 hour day in one-hour increments. Indicate times for classes, labs, lectures, social, and work time. Also, block off a point for sleeping every day. With what is remaining, plan time for study or recreation. This gives you a rough guideline of the time available. Naturally, you will be able to revise your agenda as things come up.
When is the right time to study?
The problem of when to study is vital. A great guideline is that studying should be carried out only when you're rested, alert, and have planned for it. Last minute studying just before a class is normally a waste of time.