Study Session Starters

Being well-prepared for midterms, while balancing assignment requirements for multiple classes can seem challenging; but it doesn’t have to be. Use the following tips to help ensure that you have a firm understanding of course materials before you are tested.

Find your study space

Whether it is at home or at school, you need a place that you associate with focussed studying. Pick a spot where you will be free from distraction, and use ear plugs or music to drown out noises around you that will pull your attention away from study. It may also be a good idea to have a couple of different ’go to’ places just to make sure you don’t become bored returning to the same setting over and over again.

Set a time

Set a goal to study without a break or distraction for a certain amount of time, achieve it, and then reward yourself with a bit of break. Do something fun or relaxing to get some headspace and then get back to work again. For example, give yourself a 10-minute break to read your favourite magazine, or take a walk around the library. But don’t take up something that is too distracting like Facebook or YouTube that can pull you away from study longer than it should.

Feed your brain

Hunger can be the biggest distraction of all! Make sure you have some snacks on hand that you can dig into while you're deep in concentration., You don’t want to have to break your study routine up by roaming around looking for something to eat. Pack a lunch or just some snacks and refreshments to have on hand.

Wear comfortable clothes

Be comfy because you should be in it for the long haul. Again, discomfort such as being too hot or too cold will lead to more distraction. Dress in layers so you can adjust your temperature as you see fit or for the change in environment as you move your study spaces around for variety.

Go to bed

The more tired you are, the longer it takes to learn! Make sure you find time to sleep; pulling all-nighters to study will leave you feeling drowsy and distracted. A routine with little to no sleep on an ongoing basis will only result in tiredness, lack of concentration, difficulty with memory and ultimately will lead to poor performance on that exam, the one you’ve been staying up all night to study for!

September 21, 2014