Find Study Habits That Work

It’s time to crack open the books and study for the big exam. But what is the most effective way to get the job done? Creating good study habits can be a challenge. There are plenty of resources that give advice on how to study, but if these methods don’t work all the time?

Many things can interfere with studying. Family, friends, work, and fun can be distracting and add additional pressure. Time and a proper setting should be made to do homework and prepare for exams. People have different studying styles and what works for one may not work for another.

“When I study I need to write things out,” said Thomas Lewis, a Black Hills State University physics major, “It helps me to remember things better.” Zack Kay, a BHSU biology major, said that each class may require a different way of studying.

The usual tactics of studying in silence, taking notes, removing distractions, studying with a partner, and scheduling your time are all good methods, but according to an article from WebMD, the usual ways of studying may not work for everyone.

If the traditional study rules are not working, try adding some of these tips from

Exercise before studying: Do not sit down and start homework right away. Do some type of physical activity. Exercise can burn off some energy and get the blood moving. It may help prepare the brain to be able to focus better.

Pick a spot: Find a place that is comfortable for you. Being in a place where you are able to focus and pay attention is more important than the location. It does not matter if it is studying at a desk, on a bed or a couch in the living room. A hard chair is not a requirement for good study time.

Play music: Drowsiness can occur with too much silence. Playing some types of music in the background may help you ignore other diversions easier. Do not play something that is upbeat or loud that may lead to singing or dancing, that is when it becomes a distraction. Save that for break time.

Take breaks: Generally speaking do not sit and attempt to do homework in one setting. Taking short 10-minute breaks may help with concentration. If you try to focus on one topic for to long the mind will begin to wander to other things.

Don’t cram for tests: Do not just study the night before an exam. It is best to go over the material many times a few days before. Make notes as you do other homework. This aids in really learning the subject. Trying to memorize everything the night before is no guarantee to a good grade.

In addition to study techniques, students should try to understand the reasons they are studying. Are you just trying to cram for a test? Do you want good grades? Do you truly want to learn more about the topic? These are questions to ask yourself in addition to how you want to study.

There is no “right way” to study. Each individual has to find a way to study that works for him or her. As long as you are making time to study, the how is up to you.