Tips to study effectively at home
Are you procrastinating and getting distracted while at home? Maybe by watching TV, taking a nap or scrolling through social media which prevents you from accomplishing your studies and completing that assignment?
Below are a few tricks to help you become more productive when studying at home?
1. Try Active Studying– Ask yourself questions before, during, and after study time. This shall keep you on track and help you improve for your next study session.
• Possible questions to ask yourself before you study:
1. What am I about to learn?
2. What do I already know about this subject?
• Questions to ask yourself while you study:
1. Do I understand what I have just read?
2. Will I paraphrase it?
3. Are there any keywords or ideas that I need to write down?
4. Why are these words and ideas important?
• Questions to ask yourself after you study:
1. What can I take away from this study session?
2. What do I need to review or learn next time?
2. Study at the Right Time-Take note of your daily highs and lows. Take advantage of the time of the day you feel most productive for instance, for the night owls who can study till late of the night while some people prefer morning hours. Additionally, study when you are most alert and active to help you process and retain more information.
3. Have a Designated Study Zone -Create an area to study that is a designated study area. Avoid multitasking. This will affect your productivity. Reserve your bed for sleeping and avoid studying in it since you will easily take a nap! Also, remember to keep your study space clean and organized with relevant materials.
4. Eat properly-Don’t forget to eat! Your body and your brain need fuel to help stay in top form. It is difficult to focus when your stomach is growling. Have healthy snacks while you study and remember to drink water. Also, the best times to charge up are between 10 a.m. and noon, and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
5. Get chores out of the way– Take care of daily chores before starting your study session to avoid interruption, or being distracted by an unfinished to-do list. Relax when your study time is done rather than dreading the chores that need to be completed.
6. Create a working Timetable– A Timetable helps you to organise your time, schedules your breaks, and is especially useful when you have multiple subjects to study. Write your schedule down so you can remember it and refer to it often. Remember to set reasonable limits for how much time you spend studying each day, and break your study session up into manageable chunks of time.
7. Use a Timer-This will help you keep track of time and enable you stick to the timetable you created. A timer helps to keep you to focus on the task at hand and commit to cover all the material you need to. Gaming, phones, tablets and TVs are meant to increase your productivity during the breaks. Helpful apps can help you rejuvenate from hours of mundane study.
8. Get a good night’s sleep-Get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Enough sleep ensures the brain is refreshed and ready to process all of the information learned during the day. A good night’s sleep makes you more alert and improves memory, leading to better test results.
Studying from home is the easiest way to learn and boost your performance which helps one to give required results in lesser time.
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By Felix Ochwal