Study Tips From Our Visitors

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If you feel unmotivated to study, you should try to tell yourself that you will only do that particular activity for 2 minutes (or 5-25mins) and then continue on as it is just starting that is difficult. Or if you are in a motivational runt to study, you should also try something that boosts your mind such as you are prepared. For example you could eat a light snack with glucose (it helps with brain function) or a math problem (as it helps with giving you momentum).

      Aritro, Student, Year 8  -  Australia - New South Wales

When learning a foreign language watch a show that is originally in that language. If you have subtitles make sure they are in the language you are learning. You won't understand much at first but over time you will understand more. Even just 30 minutes a week can help.

      Hannah, Student, 9th Grade  -  Tennessee

Try the pomodoro technique , its really effective. Study for 25 minutes and then relax for 5 minutes. relax means close your eyes or go for walk or do anything except studying.

      Sahil, Student, 12th grade  -  India

"Be Active Studying" Active studying is as simple as asking questions before, during, and after study time. Not only does this help to give me study session direction, but it also helps keep me on track and reflect on how to improve for my next study session! "EatProperly" Don’t forget to eat! Your body (and your brain) needs fuel to help stay in top form. Plus, it’s difficult to focus when your stomach is growling. Have healthy snacks while you study, but make sure they’re prepared in advance so you don’t spend too much time away from your work. More time away means more opportunity to be distracted!

      Christine cano, Student, 11th grade  -  Philippines

When you have a study guide answer the questions you know from memory and circle the ones you don't, so you know which ones to focus on.

      Hannah, Student, 9th Grade  -  Tennessee

If you are a visual learner draw or find a picture of something that is related to what you are studying. If you are a written learner write something down in relation to what you are studying. If you are a listening or speaking learner, listen to someone saying or say what you are studying out loud.

      Jenna, Student, 10 grade  -  North Carolina

My study tip is to set time for each task you need to do or do a study plan like you'll spend 30 minutes on the math assignment and then 45 minutes on the History assignment with a 10 minutes brain break in between each work assignment. I have used this and it has worked for me really well especially since my brain just jumps around from one thing to another and its easier for me to get off task.

      Makayla, Student, 9th  -  Missouri

I work in 30 to 45 minute increments and then take a 10 minute break - study for any longer and I no longer absorb information. It's necessary to relax as otherwise I'm just wasting my time. I recommend finding a study length time that works for you and sticking to it. Don't try to exceed the amount of time because you won't get anything done!

      Kylie, Student, 9th grade  -  Australia - New South Wales

For Asynchronous lecture based courses, make sure that you have previewed your textbooks and readings before watching the recorded lecture files in order to make the best out of your time watching the lectures.

      Ali, Teacher, Higher Education  -  New York

One of my important studying tip is to organize my studying space. Another studying tip that I would like to share is to give myself breaks every 15-20 minutes because otherwise I could not stay focused.

      Ban, Student, 10th grade  -  Iraq

Put yourself in a no distractions situation or reread the material at a different time to catch any missed information if you can not avoid distractions. A common method to get the most information from your reading is called the PQR system; Previewing, Questioning while reading and Reviewing.

      Manuel , Student, College   -  Florida

I recommend taking study breaks for about 10-15 minutes constantly. Every 30 minutes is a good estimate. It helps relax your brain and calms yourself down for a bit. Having to cram study hours with no breaks just makes focusing no good. Also try taking notes your style. You can make symbols or doodlings that comes with a key on your own. It makes things more fun and probably something you'll enjoy doing.

      Michelle, Student, 7th  -  California

Don't pressure yourself! Try to stay calm and take breaks often. Listen to some music, make a snack, go online... whatever relaxes you after an intense study session.

      Olivia, Student, Year 9  -  Australia - Victoria

It is always best to study with a clear mind, also be sure you are in a quiet area with limited interruptions.

      Markita, Student, College  -  Ohio

Stay focused and work your hardest. Its easier to have a one and done assignment and not have to redo it later

      Tip, Student, 8th  -  Idaho

You can write down agendas and daily planners to help out with your day.

      Nyla, Student, 9th  -  Missouri

You should sit in a secluded place when you start studying, it's also better to write important informations in a notebook and it should take every hour and another half an a hour to rest so that you can complete the study concetrated.

      Abdelrahman , Student, Grade 11  -  Egypt

My tip is to listen to teachers. Teachers let slip a lot of extra information, and sometimes listening to someone explain something is easier than reading a textbook. You'll probably understand better and faster. If the teacher uses slides and lecture, then all the better. Listening to someone and seeing the information they are giving you at the same time is a great way to remember information better, especially if the slides are well-organized.

      Nobody, Student, 7th grade  -  Taiwan

when you wake up, do your work to get it out of the way for the rest of the day.

      Brandon, Student, 9th grade   -  Missouri

As a tactile/kinesthetic learner, I find that it helps to tap my own leg to keep myself active without it being as loud as, let's say a pencil.

      Matthew, Student, 9th grade  -  New Hampshire

If you take a nap, either take a nap that's not longer than 20 minutes or a nap that one to two hours long, otherwise you will be in a stage of sleep from which it will be really difficult to wake up (trust me, a psychology student here :))

      Alise, Student, Undergraduate  -  Latvia

Have your own work space or place to study. Make sure its quiet and nothing around you is distracting you.

      cristian , Student, 11th grade  -  Oklahoma

Study while you're in a good mood! I find that positive emotions will help a phrase or a part of my notes that I need to memorize stick much better in the long run.

      Noah, Student, 10th Grade  -  Ohio

stay in a nice calming zone with no distractions

      liam, Student, 6th grade  -  Idaho

put yourself in a no distraction zone and make sure you use your time wisely. Don't rush it. when studying you should study at a 15-minute minimum for every section you study. For example, study in the morning and then test yourself in the evening and if you don't like the results then you can always study more.

      samuel, Student, 9th grade   -  Missouri

read and understand more and more,do some exercise and text

      fuxia, Student, 6  -  

I like to study in morning it makes me fresh and makes my day

      Madhu, Student, 11  -  India

One study tip I recommend is writing down on Monday what you have to get done that week or at least all you know. That way you can organize it and not be overwhelmed.

      Emma Garner , Student, 9th grade   -  Missouri

When studying math, you learn the most when you actively read the textbook. That means try the examples out and really focus in on understanding the steps. Practicing math builds muscle memory, and you will become more confident when solving math problems.

      Christina, Teacher, Middle School  -  California

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