Whether it is a K-12 school or pursuing a degree, studying is an important part of success.
Here are five practical study times that will help you as you go through school:
Find a set location and time to study EVERY DAY
Pick a time you know you can be available to study without distractions, whether early in the morning before school, or in the evening before you go to bed, but before you are tired. Your location should be reasonably quiet without distractions. Silence your phone and put it away! While you are chatting with your friends or scrolling through Facebook, you’ll be surprised how quickly time passes. That one hour study time may only end up being ten to fifteen minutes of study time if you are not careful.
Repetition! Repetition! Repetition!
The trite saying, “Practice makes perfect” has never been more relevant. For most subjects, repetition is a critical part in retaining material. Repetition is especially critical for math. The more you work out, the stronger you’ll be; the more mathematical drills you do, the easier it will be. And repetition does not mean repeat the material five times five hours before the exam, it means throughout the entire school semester, practice the material.
Online tools and resources
Thankfully, there are many free sites and applications available to students to help them study. Such tools include video tutorials, online flashcards, other perspectives on similar problems, and hundreds of other resources.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
If you don’t understand something, find someone who does. At Osceola Christian Preparatory School, we have teachers and tutors at your disposal to help you better comprehend any subjects you may be having troubles understanding.
Take a break
Don’t overexert yourself. A healthy body equals a healthy mind. One of the best ways to reenergize the brain is to go out and do physical activities. This will help you stay awake and freshen your mind if you feel stumped. Another option is taking a 5-10 minute nap. Don’t take too long a nap, however, or you’ll feel the dreaded groggy after-affects that will prevent you from studying at your utmost ability.