Below are some solutions and strategies to improve study skills, and help with test preparation and learning skills.
1. Prepare Your Study Environment: If you require certain elements in your environment to help you study, try to always make these a priority. For example, do you need special lighting, silence, music, privacy, available snacks, etc.? Pay attention to what works for you and repeat it each time you study for best success.
2. Create a Study Routine: Generally, if you schedule certain times of the day to study, you will get into a routine and accomplish more. If you just “fit it in” during your day, chances are that there will never be any time. An effective way to do this is to literally mark it down on your calendar as if you have an appointment, like going to the doctor. For example: “Tuesday 3-4:30 P.M. — Study.”
3. Study in Short Frequent Sessions: Short bursts of concentration repeated frequently are much more effective than one long session. So, even if you only have 10 minutes, DO IT. Take a break. Then study another 10 minutes. You cannot learn if you are fatigued, stressed, and distracted!
4. Review the Same Day: When you learn something new, try to go over the points the same day. If you wait a few days and then make efforts to review the material, it will seem much less familiar. However, a quick review later in the day will tend to cement the information into your brain so that the next “official” study session, you will recognize it and it will seem easy.
5. Form a Study Group: Many students get more out of study time when they study with a group. Group study gives more opportunity for comparing class notes and brainstorming potential test questions. If you are facing a big exam, you should try studying with a group. Each member of the study group should write and bring a test question and quiz the other group members. To make it more fun why not host a Sleepover Study Night!