If you're a student; chances are you've had to learn how to study, and you have probably worked out, there's no one-size-fits-all formula for doing it right.
Each person learns differently and has different needs when it comes to studying effectively. But there are some general tips that can help all students do better in school, and in their additional learning outside of school.
In this blog post, we'll share five of our favourite study tips for online learners who want to ace their classes!
1) Eliminate distractions
It's important to limit distractions while you study so that your focus is on the material and not the other things in your life.
Turn off your phone, remove any other distractions from your computer screen (such as browser tabs or chat applications), and make sure you have enough time to study.
If there are people around you who might disturb or distract you, consider finding a quiet place where they won't be able to reach out and grab your attention.
2) Prepare a study space
With the right study space, you can create an environment that motivates and inspires you to do your best. The ideal place for studying should be quiet, comfortable and free from distractions.
A good idea is to find a room in your house where you can close the door behind you so that it's not too easy for people to get in and out of.
If there are no rooms like this available in your home, you can use any other space that has enough room for a desk or table. If possible, try using a specific corner of the room so that when someone enters they won't immediately see what's on your desk.
3) Create a study schedule
There are a few key factors to keep in mind when creating your study schedule. First, make sure you have enough time to study. If you are reading over study materials in your own time and feel like you lack energy after school or online tutoring, maybe set time aside at a weekend for that learning.
Second, plan ahead! You should always create a plan for your studies before beginning them, this way, you can avoid wasting time by jumping between different subject materials and assignments without prioritising one over the other at any given moment.
Finally, remember that breaks are important! Make sure you take some time away from material every now and then so that it'll be fresh in your mind when it's important for studying again later on down the road.
4) Take breaks
Take a break every hour: Instead of spending hours at a time studying, take shorter breaks throughout the day. This will keep your mind fresh and help prevent burnout. Try taking a walk outside or reading an unrelated article if you need some time away from your work.
Get enough sleep: Make sure you're getting enough sleep, as little as six hours per night has been shown to affect memory and learning ability, so make sure you're getting enough rest! You'll be more alert and productive when it's time for class if you've got adequate rest beforehand.
Don't study too much at once: It's tempting to spend all your free time working on homework or studying for exams, but this can actually backfire by making it harder for your brain to retain new information in short-term memory space (so that means long term storage may not happen as easily).
5) Study in groups
Studying in groups is one of the most effective ways to learn more and better retain information. You can use your classmates as a resource for helping each other with homework, assignments, projects and exams.
Often times students feel like they are alone when it comes to learning new material or understanding what they are being taught. Having a group of peers who are all facing similar challenges will help you stay motivated by providing a support system that can be used both during and after class time.
This is one of the main reasons why we have our online classes in groups. Peer learning has proven to be the most effective way of learning.
Studying is hard work. It takes time, and it takes effort. But if you follow these tips, you'll be better prepared for exams and tests, and that's what matters most.
The most important thing to remember is that studying takes time. You can't just cram before the big day and expect everything to click into place. It takes time to learn something new and become good at it.
We hope these tips will help you improve your or your child’s studying habits. Studying is not easy, but the more prepared you are, the better off you'll be.