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EP 70: 10 Tips on How to Study

Did you know that your attitude and how you approach studying can have a significant impact on your grade?

Studying is not anyone’s idea of fun, but if you approach it with a positive mindset, that can make all the difference. Today on the show we are giving you 10 tips on how to study!

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Cath Anne: [00:00:00] Did you know that your attitude and how you approach studying can affect your grade? Now, studying is no one’s idea of fun, but if you have the right mindset and you approach it in the right way, it can make all the difference. Today on The Homework Help Show, we are talking about how to study. Hi, guys. And welcome back to our channel.

Cath Anne: [00:00:32] My name is Cath Anne and this is The Homework Help Show hosted by Homework Help Global. Here on the show, we provide you with valuable content for your academic and student life. Now, before we jump into the content today, I wanted to remind you to hit that notification bell and make sure to subscribe to our channel. We have lots of amazing collaborations coming up for the fall and winter season and we don’t want you to miss out on any of our great content. Make sure to also follow us on Instagram and Facebook so you can keep in the loop about Homework Help Global and all that we have to offer. OK. Let’s jump in.

Cath Anne: [00:01:17] Tip number one, make sure to get organized. Carry a small notebook and a planner with you at all times. Enter test assignments, events, projects right into your planner as soon as they’re assigned or as soon as you learn about them. Keeping organized will give you a heads up when it comes to studying.

Cath Anne: [00:01:42] Tip number two, create a study environment that you enjoy. Now, I’ve mentioned this in a few of our other videos, but let me talk about it again because I think it is really important. Create a study environment that motivates you to study. You want to feel inspired when you sit down to study. So this might mean setting the mood with some music, some low fi study music. Maybe you light a candle, maybe you put on your diffuser or sitting in a comfortable chair. In essence, you want to motivate yourself to study because studying is a difficult task. You want to be able to enjoy it as much as possible. Another suggestion is to decorate with art that really inspires you or create a vision board so that it can remind you of your long term goals when you’re in the slog of studying for that big exam.

Cath Anne: [00:02:40] Tip number three. Use strategies like the Pomodoro Method. Now, this is one of my favorite study methods. And again, I’ve mentioned it a few times. But let’s go over it. I think it can be really helpful, especially in October, November, when things are ramping up and you’re studying for exams. So the Pomodoro Method is essentially you’ve set an alarm for twenty minutes. Sit down. Work, work, work, study, study, study. Then take a five minute break once the alarm goes off. After your five minute break, reset your alarm for another twenty five minutes and so on until you have completed one hour of study. Once you have completed your hour of study, then take a longer break. Take a 25 to 30 minute break. Get up, walk around, do some yoga, have a snack. Once you’ve completed your long break, go right back in and complete your twenty five minutes. Again, working in these twenty five minute increments has been shown to increase motivation and productivity.

Cath Anne: [00:03:50] Tip number four, pay attention in class. Paying attention in class is essential to absorb all the information. Practice active listening and write notes in your own words so that you’ll retain them when you return home and study, avoid distractions at all costs. Put away your phone. Turn off your computer and make sure that no one’s chatting around you. All of these distractions can lead to a failure to retain information. Now that was about pay attention in class.

Cath Anne: [00:04:25] Tip number five, avoid distractions at all costs. Distractions are everywhere. As I mentioned there on our cell phones or on our computers, there are around us with our friends talking. If you are sitting near people who are talking all the time or chatting, consider moving. This is definitely going to affect your ability to learn and your ability to remember information for the exams and studying in the future.

Cath Anne: [00:04:53] Tip number six, make sure your notes are complete. Writing clear, complete notes will make all the difference when it comes to studying. Writing clear, concise notes is going to help you to process the information that you’re learning in the classroom. Write your notes in your own words. So when you go away and try to study when you’re home, it will be easier for you to understand and for you to process. If you do miss a class or you have an appointment, make sure that you connect with the teacher or another student so that they can help you to fill out your notes and let you know of anything that you missed. Writing clear, concise notes and having a specific area for them will make all the difference when it comes to study time.

Cath Anne: [00:05:45] Tip number seven, make use of practice exams. You know those tests at the end of a text book or the chapter of a textbook. Have you ever done them well? Those are there for a reason. Those are there to help you understand how much you know and how much more you need to study. Make use of those practice exams. Although those practice exams might not be exactly what your teacher will be asking you on the test, it will give you a good sense of what you already know and what more you have to study. It is a great prep for your future exam.

Cath Anne: [00:06:29] Tip number eight, have a notebook there beside you while you are studying. Having a notebook on your desk while you’re studying is very important. While you’ll be making notes in your binder or in your textbook. Have a notebook beside you to make note of any questions or concerns that come up while you’re studying. In this way, you’ll be able to take your notebook to your teacher and ask them specific questions. This will help you to remember to speak to your teacher and ask them all of the specific questions that you had during your study time.

Cath Anne: [00:07:08] Tip number nine, raise your hand and ask a question if you have one. We’re all familiar with those review classes where the professor goes over everything that’s going to be on the exam. Make sure that you take advantage of this time and raise your hand if you have a question. Now, if you’re too shy to raise your hand, make a note in your little notebook to remind yourself to go speak to your professor after class. They’ll be happy to answer.

Cath Anne: [00:07:38] Tip number ten for studying. Make a study, plan or schedule. Look through your course material and decide what needs to be studied. What are the questions that are going to be on the test? What types of questions and what information do you need to know? What chapters do you need to focus on? All of this information will help you to plan a specific study schedule. Decide how long you will need to study and set goals for yourself during each study session. This will help to keep your studying organized and on track so you’ll be prepared for that next exam.

Cath Anne: [00:08:18] Okay, guys, so that is it for me this week. I hope this episode was of benefit to you. And good luck on those exams, as always. We always love to hear from you. So make sure to jump into the comments section below and let us know how you’re making out with your midterms or your upcoming exams. If you’d like to get in touch with us on social media, all of our information is linked and listed in the description box below. You can connect with us on all of the social media platforms. And if you like this video, please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss out on any of our other content. Thank you guys so much for joining me. I hope you are doing so well in your exams. Talk soon and take care.