Good study skills makes a world of difference. It saves time spent on studying, helps you learn more, achieve good grades and reduces the stress of sitting for exams.
Here are five effective ways you can improve your study skills.
1. Adapt to your own learning style
At times, you may find studying on your own in a quiet place a better way to focus rather than joining study groups. The bottom line is to know which keeps you less distracted and helps you retain more knowledge.
Each person learns differently. Some learn better by making their own notes or paraphrasing and others prefer to draw diagrams or charts to remember facts easier. Try several learning styles before selecting one that works for you to set you on the right path.
2. Use the Italian tomato clock (Pomodoro Technique)
The Pomodoro Technique which originated in the late 1980s (yes, that’s right! It was named after a kitchen timer that looked like a tomato! (Pomodoro in Italian)), helps you focus on ONE task for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break afterwards. After doing 3 rounds of work for 25 minutes, you then take a longer break. The goal is for you to take control of your time, increase mental focus and avoid distractions. This technique even helps you stay motivated as it builds your excitement to finish your task before time begins to run out.
3. Manage digital distractions
It is easy to get distracted by scrolling through Facebook or Instagram – a 10 minute break may end up taking up you’re your actual study time. Make a conscious effort not to browse through social media sites during your study break. Put your phone on silent mode or better still, place your phone in another room to improve your concentration.
4. Make studying fun
Learning doesn’t have to boring. Start by taking an interest in the subject. For example, you can learn something about legal practice from the legal drama “Suits”. From there, you can proceed to do more reading on the legal elements of a crime, etc. Simply by watching a TV show you’re now inspired to research and learn more about criminal law. Reward yourself once you have completed reading a chapter or taking a test. It could be a small or big reward, from your favourite snack to an episode of your favourite TV show!
5. Take a break
Go for a short walk outside your place, grab a drink, stretch or chat with a friend! Taking regular breaks increases your productivity and ability to retain more knowledge. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
Try these basic tips to develop good study skills and set yourself up for success!