Well, you may be thinking about summer holidays resolutions already. If not, that’s not a problem, but you might want to think about them soon. Why not put your study as one of your holidays resolutions—improve it and get the grades you really deserve?
You can do that by implementing a few effective and successful study tips. I have five that I really want you to try to improve your learning in 2019.
What exactly do you want to achieve? I remember going through university the first time and really just taking one week at a time. I didn’t really have an end goal, except survive!
It wasn’t a good goal. I didn’t push myself and spent far too much time socialising. The second time, I made sure I set goals for each essay. I had something that I wanted to work towards and made sure I achieved it. So far I’ve already done far better than I did during my first time at university.
Set your study goals. There’s really no time like the present! Think about what you want to get out of your time in lectures and what you want to achieve in your essays, exams, coursework, etc.
Make your goals SMART: sensible, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.
Remember to look back over your progress at regular intervals. It could be after each essay or at the end of each month to assess your progress.
Create a Study Plan
I sort of had one of these the first time. Well, I had one but I didn’t stick to it. The second time round I’ve made sure I stick to my plan and it’s really helped.
Having a study plan will help you layout everything you need to do to achieve your goals. It’s one of the study tips that you have to work on, though. You need to update your plan and make sure it is something you really can do. Push yourself, but don’t overwork yourself.
There are different ways you can make a study plan. I used to draw out a table for the week with timeslots. From there, I could fill in when I had lectures, when I planned to study between lectures and when I had other commitments. Now I have a diary that lets me fill out exactly where I need to be and when. I love the ones that have timeslots so I can block out hours at a time to mark my study in.
You can also do it online. Just find a way that works for you.
Talk to Your Lecturers
Your lecturers and professors are there to help you. They want you to succeed. So, it’s time to use them and talk to them regularly.
I used to feel really self-conscious about asking my lecturers for extra help. It was only in my final year that I felt comfortable and found it really helped. My husband did it on a regular basis and was top of his class!
Just make sure you send your lecturer an email. Most will have office hours so you can drop by, but if you need more dedicated help, emailing ahead and arranging a time that suits the two of you is better.
The best thing about talking to your lecturers is that you get questions answered in a way you understand. You can also discuss other situations in the classes and find ways to work around obstacles.
Make Sure You Take Breaks
I can’t stress this study tip enough. Study breaks are essential. Having a life is something you need to do.
You can’t spend all your spare hours with your head in a book. That doesn’t mean you have to go out every week, but you want to find another pastime.
Some students will take up a part-time job. This not only gives you money but will give you something else to do. Others will take up a sport or join a society in their university. Some students have their hobbies or other outside interests.
Take regular breaks from the computer and make sure you find something else to use up some of your hours. Your brain and body will both thank you for it.
Find a Study Group
The last of my study tips is extremely effective, when you find the right people. Study groups give you and other students a chance to discuss the course material. You can get some questions answered in between lectures and meetings with your lecturer. It can also help you finish off projects and coursework.
I do stress that you need to find the right people.
I remember being in a study group where the same people didn’t turn up each week. It ended up being two of use doing all the studying. We were also in the same group project group, and it ended up with the two of us doing all the work.
My husband, on the other hand, had a group of likeminded friends who all ended up getting on well in their study group. They would meet regularly and help each other. They had their own little rivals between each other—who could do better in exams—and found they all had their strengths and weaknesses to help each other.
Really take your studying to the next level in 2016. Now is your time to really think about it. Set your study goals, create your plan and start 2016 with a bang. You really can with the above study tips. Good luck!