6 Ways To Improve Your Study Habits
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6 Ways To Improve Your Study Habits

There may be something missing from your study habits.

6 Ways To Improve Your Study Habits
Marissa Immel

For many, school has been in session for a couple weeks by now and while it is fun to meet up with old friends and procrastinate on homework, it is time to get down to business! Mid-terms are coming faster than most people can prepare and the destruction they leave behind are predicted to be devastating. So what is the secret to getting high marks in class?

1. Make good study/work habits!

Something as simple as setting a side a 30 minute period for each of your classes will make your workload lighter and help you keep on top of things. The time period could vary based on priorities, but try to keep it as habitual as possible.

2. Sort out your priorities

So, based on when tests fall and assignments are due, you are going to have to prioritize some of your work. Your professors' syllabi might have how much certain work is worth over your overall grade. While it is important to do ALL of your work, it is unlikely that everything will get done the exact way you would have hoped. Work on homework based on what day it is due, then on points.

3. Choose your music selection wisely!

It is very hard to work on English papers when listening to a song with lyrics. I can not tell you how many times I have written the song lyric instead of my actual thought. I highly suggest either listening to instrumental music, movie/TV/game soundtracks, or songs in languages you don't understand. The latter option is something you need to test with because for some people it simply doesn't work for them.

4. Reward yourself!

Take regular breaks and give yourself a reward. Whether it's a piece of candy or a cup of coffee, anything is acceptable as long as it does not distract you from your main objective. Giving yourself a treat is a great way to make studying and homework more enjoyable.

5. Follow the Golden Rule!

While it is great to do on to others what you wish they would do to you, I actually mean the Golden Rule of studying: Breaks. Now, for me, breaks do not include breaks for food, bathroom, or drinks. They are simply the time between work I spend not doing work. I could respond to a few messages and hold a conversation, but at the end of it, I need to go back to work. I find working for 52 minutes and relaxing for 17 minutes is a good ratio to keep my eye off the clock! Plus, there are laptop timers that will keep you on track for however you want them to and let you goof around for however long you want.

6. Set up group study times!

Let's face it; it's funner to do work with your friends, especially when everyone helps each other out. However, I suggest everyone agrees to several rules like casual conversation during work time is not allowed. This is just a good way to keep everyone on track. Plus, if everyone brings a snack and a drink, it's basically a more stressed out party.

There are so many more study/homework hacks that can be found anywhere. Even by talking to upperclassmen who have been in school for a while can offer some great suggestions. So experiment and do not be afraid to ask people for help.

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