Students who emerge as toppers with stellar grades are not necessarily fast-learners or geniuses. In most cases, these students engage themselves in smart study which means they know exactly what their learning gaps are and they address them with appropriate learning techniques in a timely fashion.
Tuition teachers are one of the major pillars of support for students’ learning and on their part, tutors advise students on how good study habits can be cultivated. It may take lots of effort and time to execute it all, but it is necessary to achieve excellence.
Here are some simple steps to develop good study habits!
CREATE A SYSTEM
A system always creates results should it be effective and efficient. If you have learnt to create a schedule and work around the clock according to that, you will find yourself being productive and you’ll realise that you get better at time management as well. You are less likely to waste your time unnecessarily and you will realise that there is a lot of time that you can save as well!
You can seek the help of your private tutors in creating a timetable for yourself. Your tutors have the experience and knowledge to guide you in such matters. Hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, put it into action and see yourself reap the sweet fruits of your labour!
EXAMINE YOUR HABITS
Some of you might find yourself to be a person who can endure long-hour study sessions. You might have the mental capacity to push yourself and study in 4-hour blocks and take an hour of break before cramming in another 4-hour block.
Others on the other hand might need a softer approach; bite-sized study sessions that can prevent inefficiency and exhaustion. These group of students are the ones who are more inclined to follow the pomodoro study technique. In order for you to create a schedule or even frame your to-do list, you’ll need to figure out your study habits!
Don’t give in to your temptations immediately; instead ask yourself as to why you let yourself get distracted. Some possible reasons for getting distracted includes,
- Having to do huge tasks that could seem herculean and time-consuming
- You might be exhausted from a long day at school to begin with
- The task you need to complete might not be as interesting and engaging
- Your tasks might not be time-sensitive, which causes you to convince yourself that they can be brushed aside to be completed much later
The reasons can go on; but what is important is for you to figure out which one is holding you back. Once you have identified it, you will then take the necessary steps to tackle it.
BREAK IT DOWN & BUILD YOUR MOMENTUM
When you tell yourself that you can’t do it, you end up performing poorly and that reinforces that statement. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy and falling into that viscous cycle is not going to do you any good.
Instead of rambling on about how much has to be done, take a moment to look at the big picture. Take a bird’s eye view and think about how you can shift some tasks around and manage your time wisely.
ALL IN ALL, don’t lose out on the joy of learning while figuring out what works for you and what doesn’t in your study habits. As the saying goes, don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees. Let yourself explore all options before arriving at a system that enables you to function at your optimum level!