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Guide to Better Study Habits Posted on 04-19-2019

Blacklick, OH

Good study habits will carry with you from adolescence to adulthood so creating them now will help you exponentially in the future.

One of the best things that you can do to better your study habits is to get organized! There are a lot of classes and extracurricular activities to think of that it is sometimes difficult to schedule how much you will study for this and when you can study for that. It just makes sense to organize yourself so that you make the best time out of it all. A planner can help if you write things down in a schedule. Once you have a set schedule, stick to it! Try to eliminate any deviations from it and if necessary, plan for time to make up that study or homework session. Also, try to study or do homework at the same time each time. Being consistent is key here.

Don’t’ try to cram! Trying to smash everything into a session because you did nothing the entire week does not equate well nor is it good for your sleep pattern. Spread out your study sessions so that you accomplish a little bit each day instead of everything in one night. This will also help with memory retention and will use useful when test time comes around.

Never procrastinate. You never know what tomorrow will bring, so why not do it today? Tomorrow might bring in some type of emergency and then again you will have to move thigns til tomorrow – and so on until it’s too late. Today your paper is due or that pop quiz happens and you are well unprepared.

Designate a Study Area. Yes, studying at the local coffee shop may seem like a good idea, but not if there are constantly people interrupting or other disruptions. Even at home, studying in front of the TV won’t be the best use of your son or daughter’s time. Help your child by providing a quiet, well-lit, low-traffic space for study time. Take it one step further and institute a “communications blackout” policy with no cell phones or social media allowed until schoolwork is done.

Start with the most difficult subject first. As your most difficult assignment or subject will require the most effort and mental energy, you should start with it first. Once you've completed the most difficult work, it will be much easier to complete the rest of your work. Believe it or not, starting with the most difficult subject will greatly improve the effectiveness of your study sessions, and your academic performance.

Create a Study Group. Working in groups can help students when they’re struggling to understand a concept and can enable them to complete assignments more quickly than when working alone. Keep groups small and structured to ensure the maximum benefit to participants and reduce distractions.

Always review your notes before starting an assignment. Obviously, before you can review your notes you must first have notes to review. Always make sure to take good notes in class. Before you start each study session, and before you start a particular assignment, review your notes thoroughly to make sure you know how to complete the assignment correctly. Reviewing your notes before each study session will help you remember important subject matter learned during the day, and make sure your studying is targeted and effective.

Make sure you're not distracted while you're studying.Everyone gets distracted by something. Maybe it's the TV. Or maybe it's your family. Or maybe it's just too quite. Some people actually study better with a little background noise. When you're distracted while studying you (1) lose your train of thought and (2) are unable to focus -- both of which will lead to very ineffective studying. Before you start studying find a place where you won't be disturbed or distracted. For some people this is a quiet cubical in the recesses of the library. For others is in a common area where there is a little background noise.

Think Positively. Being in the right mindset can make all the difference. Encourage your child to think positively when studying or heading into an exam and by all means, avoid catastrophic thinking. Help your student turn negative statements like, “I’ll never have enough time to get a good grade on this exam,” into positive ones like, “I began preparing later than I should have but I put together a comprehensive study plan and will be able to get through the material prior to the exam.”

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