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What Successful Students Do And How You Can Easily Do It Too

May 5, 2013 | Author: | Posted in MOTIVATIONAL

Power Studying

Who gets excited about the prospect of studying? Yeah! Studying! Awesome! Good times. Nothing better than good old studying. That’s what you’re thinking right? Yes? No? What do you mean am I crazy? You hate it? It bores you? You’d rather clean your room? Yikes.

We want you to maximize every minute spent studying and as a result maximize every minute you don’t have to study! That’s right; we want you to study less. Every day. We want you to study less by learning how to power study – to study with super powerful efficiency and effectiveness which will cut the amount of time spent studying down to nothing! OK, that’s a lie – but you get the drift. You have to study anyway, so why not learn how to learn more in less time?

Here’s a list of new habits you are going to introduce and start putting into practise today! Excited? Dazed? Confused? Keep reading, we’ll solve that problem too!

Successful students always engage in:

Never Over-Study

As soon as you spend too much time studying you will quickly lose focus and the time spent studying will become ‘junk time’. Junk time is when you think you’re studying but you’re just sitting there re-reading the same sentence about 100 times. You’re studying, but you’re not getting anywhere. You’re the mouse on the wheel. Round and round you go. Instead, take regular breaks. We’d recommend a 15 minute break for every 30 minutes of work completed. So it’s a 2 to 1 ratio. For every 2 hours you spend studying over a 3 hour period, at least 1 hour of that should be break time. Taking breaks will restore your energy and refresh your mind – plus it will give your mind some time to take in what you have been doing (this is very useful when you are doing memory activities). That doesn’t mean you should spend the break thinking about what you’ve been doing. To the contrary, allow your mind to rest by doing something completely different. Finally, don’t study for more than 45 minutes in any one sitting if you can avoid it. The brain tends to switch off at the 45 minute mark. Huh? Switch off? I was wondering if mine would ever switch on!

Plan Their Study

Successful students actually plan what they are going to do during their study time. As in, they actually plan the time they will be studying and they set goals for what they will achieve during their study. For example, your new habit could be saying ‘I will study from 5 o’clock to 6.30 pm with a 15 minute break at 5.45 pm. At 6.30 pm I will have done all my maths worksheets and my history homework. I will then go online and get some solid Facebook time under my belt. Planning is no joke. If you want to be successful, do what successful students do. Create a plan, establish a goal and then stick to it like super glue. By having set times for doing work each day it will create a routine for you and as every good teacher will tell you, a routine is the first step towards developing a habit. And this habit is good. When you know that you have committed to work at a specific time each day you will be mentally prepared for it. You will know that 5 o’clock is study time. Just like you know 7 o’clock is dinner time (for some people!). Goal setting is also important. If you sit down with no clear thoughts about what you’re trying to achieve during your study time you will just pointlessly drift along without knowing if you’ve done what you’re supposed to do. So, create a target to achieve and focus your energy towards it. You won’t regret it!

Front Up To The Toughest Work First

Many of us like to do the easy things first to build our confidence. That’s fair enough. Gets the blood pumping when you’re ticking items off your to-do list. BANG! 1st item ticked off. BANG! Double tick that item – now I’m rolling. DOUBLE BANG! Triple tick that item – list completed and life is good. The only challenge with this approach is that you use up your prime energy at the start of any study session and so if you are tackling the easy parts with your prime energy your batteries will be low when it comes time to tackle the hard part. So what happens then? You get tired, impatient, flustered and just give up. We all do it. We really shouldn’t though. So get in the habit of giving your prime energy to the hard tasks and completing the easy stuff last.

Get Off Social Networking Sites, Your Phone, The Latest Game You Like and Turn Off Your TV

Do we really have to explain this one? Seriously dudes, just turn them off for an hour, we promise the world will still be there when you log back in! Don’t text your buddies, don’t Instant Message whilst doing memory activities, don’t make phone calls, just focus on what you’re doing. Even if you focus on work for 15 minutes followed by 5 mins of Instant Messaging, it’s better than 30 minutes of work whilst also Instant Messaging! We think it’s a good idea to reward yourself for study completed, but you actually need to do some work to earn a reward. You get that right?

P.S. Music can be great as a nice soothing background noise when studying – and even helpful for study in some instances, but techno music cranking so loud your walls shake isn’t the best idea you’ve ever had. There is simply no way you can focus when you do that.

Actually Ask For Help

If you don’t know what the heck you’re doing just ask someone – a teacher, parent, friend, sibling, cat that always hangs around even though it’s not your cat, a clown, a bus driver. Seriously, just ask for help. Don’t feel embarrassed or stupid – the most important thing is getting the task completed isn’t it? What difference does it make if you have to ask for help? Wouldn’t you rather do a good job? If you don’t ask, you won’t know. Frustration can be easily avoided, but sometimes we have to suck up the ego and ask for help.

Clean Up Their Act

Avoid working in a cesspool of your own filth. Work on a table or a desk. Have a place for all of your books and materials. Have a system of filing and order that you actually understand! You should always know where everything you need is and you should not have to wade through piles of clothes to find it. Even though you may think it, it’s actually not cool to have no idea where your bed is because there are mountains of junk all over your room. Although it does make finding a place to sleep interesting.

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