The key to becoming a successful student is learning how to study smarter, not harder. This becomes truer as you advance in your education level. An hour or two studies in a day is usually sufficient to make it through high school with excellent performance, but when college arrives, there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all the studies in if you don’t know how to study smarter.
I’ve already written an article to work better, but less. Here we are going to focus on the habits of the successful students.
While some students can breeze through school with minimal effort, this is the exception. The majority of successful students achieve their success by developing and applying effective study habits. The following are the top 10 study habits employed by highly successful students. So if you want to become a productive, successful student, don’t get discouraged, don’t give up, just focus on developing each of the study habits mentioned below and you’ll see your best of your academic performances, your knowledge increase, and your ability to learn and assimilate information improve.
Tip #1 on things that successful students do to be productive
Get Prepared. Making a plan for upcoming activities and when you’re going to do it will make sure you’re always ahead of the class.
Tip #2 on things that successful students do to be productive
Don’t over-study. Studies have shown that over-study is physically impossible.
Tip #3 on things that successful students do to be productive
Divide it up. Studying isn’t easy, to begin with, and forcing oneself through a study session will only make it worse. Dividing the work into convenient time and rewarding oneself makes studying more fun.
Tip #4 on things that successful students do to be productive
Sleep. Don’t underestimate the importance of the eight hours daily sleep! Getting a good night’s rest will improve the brain working memory.
Tip #5 on things that successful students do to be productive
Set a schedule. Do you work better right after school hour or after dinner? Are you more productive in 90-minute or half-hour spurts? Set a plan that works best for you, and keep to it.
Tip #6 on things that successful students do to be productive
Take notes. Taking notes will not only keep you more engaged during class hour but will also help you narrow down the study strategies when exam time comes around. It’s much easier to read notes than to read the whole textbook!
Tip #7 on things that successful students do to be productive
Study. This one might be obvious, but did you ever know that there’s a right and wrong way to study? Review your material several days ahead of time and in different manners (for example, write flashcards one day and take practice tests the next day). In other words, do not cram.
Tip #8 on things that successful students do to be productive
Manage your study area. Find a place that will maximize your productivity. Look for a quiet and calm place with no distractions, it can a local library or bedroom, set aside a study area that you’ll want to spend time in.
Tip #9 on things that successful students do to be productive
Find a study group. Sitting down with a group of successful student who is learning the same things as you are a great way to go over baffling class material or prepare for an exam. You can quiz each other and make sure that everyone is on the same page. After all, teaching someone else is the best way to learn.
Tip #10 on things that successful students do to be productive
Lastly, always ask questions. You’re in school to learn, so don’t be afraid to ask questions! Asking for help – from a teacher or your friends – is the best way to make sure you truly understand the topic.
Successful students review what they’ve been taught during the week over the weekend. This way they’re well prepared to learning new ideas that build upon previous coursework and knowledge acquired the previous week.
We’re confident that if you practice the tips outlined above that you’ll see an improvement in your academic success.
To see the tips to apply before an exam, it’s here!
Remember, Motivation comes and goes, but studying for a degree needs persistence and consistency, the best students figure out how to get their coursework done when it’s the last thing they want to do.