Twelve Effective Study Skills For Success In Learning and on Exams by Zera John

Many students work hard and strive to get good grades and high marks on important exams. But effective learning and getting good marks in the exams is not an overnight affair. One has to study hard and be organized from the beginning of the academic year. Here are twelve things all students should do.

Necessary Skills

  • 1. Plan you’re Goal: In order to be successful in any endeavor, the most important initial thing is to start with a goal. Go through the syllabus and plan how many pages you will study each day, for example.
  • 2. Proper time management: For effective learning, it is very important to manage your time efficiently. You can make your own study plan. You can also make a do-list of the assignments or chapters that you have to study in a day. Keep striking off the tasks that you complete. This will give you a sense of accomplishment.
  • 3. Find a good place to study: Once you have set your goals and have your schedule ready with you, you should find out a place to study. Always avoid studying in the bed or couch. It makes you feel sleepy and sluggish. You should find a place that is away from the hustle bustle and without any distraction. It is not necessary to have your study place in your home. You can also go to a library or a coffee house that has a quiet ambiance.
  • 4. Make notes: What you write and learn, you would never forget. Make your own notes chapter wise and highlight the key points. You should be a good listener and a deep reader to make effective notes. Use colorful markers, pens, and sticky notes to make them more attractive and fun to study. You can also make a synopsis or summary at the end of the notes that you can review while revising the lesson.
  • 5. Take out time for self-study: After school hours, you might be going to extra classes for certain subjects, but surely take out time for self-study.
  • 6. Say no to procrastination: Procrastination is one of the biggest enemies of students. Make sure you study all the chapters that you had planned for the day before calling it off for the day. Don’t unnecessarily pile the chapters till the last day.
  • 7. Be regular to your classes: It is essential to attend the classes regularly. It helps in better understanding of the subject. The open discussion in the class enhances learning.
  • 8. Identify your time of the day: Different students prefer to study at different times of the day. Some prefer to get up early with a fresh mind and then study while some prefer to sit for late night studies.
  • 9. Understanding the content: Don’t just try to cram up the lesson, but also understand it. If you simply try to memorize it, you might not be able to retain it for a longer period of time than if you really understand it.
  • 10. Read thoroughly: The more you read, the more you remember. Read through your lessons, textbooks, and notes repeatedly.
  • 11. Take quizzes with your friends: After completing a chapter, you can sit in groups and play a study quiz to refresh what you studied.
  • 12. Consistent Practice: For subjects like math, physics or computer programming one must practice on a daily basis.

Zera John

  • Zera is a senior freelance academic writing supervisor for an online
    college writing service
    community of freelance academic writers from all over the world. Zera has in-depth knowledge and experience in the academic writing industry.
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