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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Great Student Habits

great-student-habitsThe way to turning into a viable understudy is figuring out how to contemplate more quick witted, not harder. This turns out to be increasingly valid as you progress in your instruction. A hour or two of concentrating on a day is generally adequate to endure secondary school with agreeable evaluations, however when school touches base, there aren’t sufficient hours in the day to get all you’re examining in on the off chance that you don’t know how to ponder more quick witted.

While a few understudies can easily finish school with negligible exertion, this is the special case. Most by far of fruitful understudies make their progress by creating and applying viable study propensities. The accompanying are the main 10 study propensities utilized by profoundly fruitful understudies. So on the off chance that you need to wind up a succesful understudy, don’t get disheartened, don’t surrender, simply work to build up each of the study propensities underneath and you’ll see your evaluations go up, your insight increment, and your capacity to learn and acclimatize data move forward.

# Plan when you’re going to study.

Successful students schedule specific times throughout the week when they are going to study — and then they stick with their schedule. Students who study sporadically and whimsically typically do not perform as well as students who have a set study schedule. Even if you’re all caught up with your studies, creating a weekly routine, where you set aside a period of time a few days a week, to review your courses will ensure you develop habits that will enable you to succeed in your education long term.

# Study at the same time.

Not only is it important that you plan when you’re going to study, it’s important you create a consistent, daily study routine. When you study at the same time each day and each week, you’re studying will become a regular part of your life. You’ll be mentally and emotionally more prepared for each study session and each study session will become more productive. If you have to change your schedule from time to time due to unexpected events, that’s okay, but get back on your routine as soon as the event has passed.

# Don’t attempt to cram all your studying into one session.

Ever find yourself up late at night expending more energy trying to keep your eyelids open than you are studying? If so, it’s time for a change. Successful students typically space their work out over shorter periods of time and rarely try to cram all of their studying into just one or two sessions. If you want to become a successful student then you need to learn to be consistent in your studies and to have regular, yet shorter, study periods.

# Never procrasitinate your planned study session.

It’s very easy, and common, to put off your study session because of lack of interest in the subject, because you have other things you need to get done, or just because the assignment is hard. Successful students DO NOT procrastinate studying. If you procrastinate your study session, your studying will become much less effective and you may not get everything accomplished that you need to. Procrastination also leads to rushing, and rushing is the number one cause of errors.

# Each study time should have a specific goal.

Simply studying without direction is not effective. You need to know exactly what you need to accomplish during each study session. Before you start studying, set a study session goal that supports your overall academic goal (i.e. memorize 30 vocabulary words in order to ace the vocabulary section on an upcoming Spanish test.)

# Start with the most difficult subject first.

As your most diffult 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.

# 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 studying targeted and effective.

# Use study groups effectively.

Ever heard the phrase “two heads are better than one”? Well this can be especially true when it comes to studying. Working in groups enables you to (1) get help from others when you’re struggling to understand a concept, (2) complete assignments more quickly, and (3) teach others whereby helping both the other students and yourselve to internalize the subject matter. However, study groups can become very ineffective if they’re not structured and if groups members come unprepared. Effective students use study groups effectively.

# Make sure you’re not distracted while you’re studying.

Everyone gets distracted by something. Maybe it’s the TV. Or your family. Or maybe it’s too quite. Some people actually study better with a little background noise. When you’re distracted while you’re studying you (1) loose your train of thought and (2) you’re 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. Some people this is a quite cubical in the recesses of the library.

# Review your notes, schoolwork and other class materials over the weekend.

Successful students review what they’ve learned during the week over the weekend. This way they’re well prepared to continue learning new concepts that build upon previous coursework and knowledge acquired the previous week.

Know More about Types of Learning Style

learning-styleEvery individual has diverse learning inclinations and styles that advantage them. Some may discover they even have a prevailing learning style. Others that they lean toward various learning styles in various conditions. There is no set in stone response to which learning style is best for you – or blend of learning styles. Be that as it may, by finding and better comprehension your own learning styles, you can utilize methods that will enhance the rate and nature of your learning.

Aural Learning Style

Aural (auditory) learners retain information better when it’s presented in lecture format, via speeches, audio recordings, and other forms of verbal communication. While a visual learner would prefer to read a book or watch a video, auditory learners would prefer to attend a lecture or listen to a book on tape. Aural learners are also big on sound and music. They can typically sing, are musically inclined, play an instrument, and can identify different sounds.

If you’re an aural learner, integrate auditory media, listening techniques, sound, rhyme, or even music in your learning and studying. You may also consider using background music and sounds to help you with visualization of processes and systems. For example, if you’re practicing flight procedures, you may considering playing a recording of an aircraft in the background as you study. You can also use music, rhythm, rhyming and music techniques to memorize and retain information.

Replacing the lyrics of a favorite song with information you’re learning is a very powerful way to memorize large amounts of information for aural learnings. Use this technique and you’ll never forget the information again.

Visual Learning Style

If you prefer lessons that employ imagery to teach, chances you’re a visual learner, many people are. Visual learners retain information better when it’s presented in pictures, videos, graphs, and books. These learners benefit when information is presented on an overhead projector or white board, or on a piece of paper. Visual learners often make sure their notes are very detailed and spend extra time reviewing information from textbooks. Visual learners also frequently draw pictures or develop diagrams when trying to comprehend a subject or memorize rote information.

If you’re a visual learner, use pictures, images, color, diagrams and other visual media in your note taking, test preparation and studying. Whenever possible, use pictures instead of text. Try to develop diagrams to understand concepts and story boards to remember important sequences and relationships.

Physical Learning Style

Physical learners, also referred to as knesthetic or tactile learners, retain information best through hands-on interaction and participation – they need to experience things. For example, a physical learner in an automotive repair class would learn better working directly on cars than sitting through a lecture or reading a book about cars. Physical leaners excel in classes where they’re assigned to study in labs.

If you’re a physical learner, employ touch, action, interaction a.nd hands-on involvement in your study and learning activities. If you’re going to learn how to sail boat, read your manual, but make sure to spend the majority of your time on a boat working through the techniques and sequences.

Verbal Learning Style

Verbal learning involves both writing and speeking. People who are verbal learners usually find it easy to express themselves, both verbally and in writing. They often love to read and write, enjoy rhymes, tongue twisters, and limericks. They also have a well developed vocabulary, like to find the meaning of words, and are able to assimilate new words into their vocabulary with relative ease.

Verbal learners should try employing learning and studying techniques that involve speaking and/or writing. Reading aloud while reviewing subject matter is useful for verbal learners. Word-based techniques such as scripting and assertion are effective strategies for improving memory and recall for verbal learners. Acronym mnemonics are are also an effective trick verbal learners can use to memorize lists and sequences.

Social Learning Style

Social learners usually have excellent written and verbal communication skills. These individuals are at ease speaking with others and are adept at comprehending other people’s perspectives. For this reason, people frequently seek counsel from social learners. Social learners learn best working with groups and take opportunities to meet individually with teachers. If you like bouncing your ideas off others, prefer working through issues as a group, and thoroughly enjoy working with others, there’s a good chance you’re a social learner.

If you’re a social learner, you should seek opportunities to study with others. If the class you’re in doesn’t have formal groups, make your own group.

Logical Learning Style

Individuals who excel at math and possess strong logical reasoning skills are usually logical learners. They notice patterns quickly and have a keen ability to link information that would seem non-related by others. Logical learners retain details better by drawing connections after organizing an assortment of information.

Maximize your ability to learn by seeking to understand the meaning and reasoning behind the subject you’re studying. Don’t depend on rote memorization. Explore the links between related subject matter and make sure to understand details. Use ‘systems thinking’ to help you better understand the relationship between various parts of a system. This will not only help you understand the bigger picture, it will help you understand why each component part is important.

Solitary Learning Style

Solitary learners usually prefer working by themselves in private settings. They do not rely on others for help when solving a problem or studying. Solitary learners frequently analyze their learning preferences and methods. Since solitary learners prefer to work alone, it is possible for them to waste time on a difficult problem before seeking assistance. However, solitary learning can be very effective learning style for students.

Good Place to Study

One of the keys to successful contemplating is finding a decent area. It’s hard to consider in a room brimming with diversions. Be that as it may, the perfect area for you may not be the perfect study area for another person. You dislike concentrate some place private, or even peaceful, however you would like to ensure that you learn at a location that is helpful for your technique for learning, permits you to think, and is free of diversions.

The motivation behind why it is not generally prescribed to consider in a calm range is on the grounds that a few people learn better in a room with foundation commotion. While concentrating on in a library with individuals continually going back and forth, curators restocking books and individuals talking is diverting to a few, it’s the ideal study environment for others. A few understudies lean toward contemplating in a little cubical where they won’t be exasperates by clamor or some other visual jolts, while others like concentrate right amidst clamor and disturbance.

Create a routine

Develop a routine by studying in the same place and same time on days you plan to study. Everyone has a personal preference as where thet study, whether it’s in a library or dorm room. Regardless of your preference, we recommend studying in the same place. Just make sure to study in a location without distractions. For example, if you like to watch television, it is probably not a good idea to study in a room with a television.

Although it may seem monotonous, it’s beneficial to establish a studying routine. This will get you into the habit of studying, and before you know it, it will take little effort to get motivated to study.

Find a location that’s comfortable

It is counterproductive to study for extended hours at a time in an uncomfortable environment. For this reason, you should find a place to study that is comfortable. You want to make sure you do not suffer any back, wrist, or other physical discomfort while you study. Even small discomforts can eventually result in more serious physical problems. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have all the materials you need to study, such as pens and books, nearby your study area.

It’s also good idea to study in a well lit area since it can be difficult to study with poor lighting even if the environment is perfect. Studying in the basement of library may seem the perfect location, but if there isn’t any natural light, it will have a negative effect.

Evaluate your study preferences

Each individual has unique learning styles, methods and study preferences. Consequently, you should first determine how you learn best before deciding on a study location. You should also know what it is that is most distracting to you. As mentioned, some people can study in noisy environments while others can’t. After selecting a study environment best suited your individual preferences, conduct frequent evaluations to determine whether your study sessions are productive. If not, reassess your study location.

Create study rules and follow them

If your study sessions are unproductive, or you’re struggling with motivation, establish some personal study rules. After you have established some rules, be sure to tell your parents or other trusted family members and friends to follow up with you. A common rule many people set for themselves is scheduling specific timeframes for studying with periodic breaks. If don’t have anyone to follow up with you, it’s still a good idea to establish study rules.

The following are a few locations that can be ideal for studying.

  • Library. The library offers a quite environment with various study options, including individual cubicles, group study rooms, tables, couches, as well as a variety of information and learning resources.
  • Bedroom. This can be an excellent study location given its convenience and comfort. It’s also easy to have all your study materials on hand. However, a bedroom isn’t always the best place to study if it’s too comfortable or there are too many distractions (ie. vidoe games, TV, roomates, etc.).
  • Kitchen. The kitchen can be an excellent study location if there aren’t too many distractions. Most kitchens are well lit and have seating that requires you to sit up.
  • School’s study lounge. Whether you’re studying alone or in a small group your school’s study lounge can be a good place to study. However, if you’re prone to socialize with other students you may want to consider a different study location.
  • Classroom. An empty classroom can be an excellent place to study. Many colleges allow students to use classrooms for studying while class in not in session. If you can find a classroom that is available while you’re at school during the day it might make an excellent study location.
  • Coffee shop. Soft background noise, free wifi, great lighting and a relaxed atmosphere can make a coffee shop a great location to study.