7 Tips for Building Great Study Habits
One of the best things a student can do to set a foundation for doing well in their classes is to develop their study skills. Students can do this for themselves, and parents can also recall what helped them retain information the most in school and share this info with their children.
Good study skills are something that can help students to retain the information they learn, and build a skill that they can bring with them in their high school and college years, as well as careers.
Here are some study tips to add to our learning cache:
1. Study a little bit each day. Set a minimum amount of time to study and start building a good habit. We know the process is tedious, but that’s how you build a habit. And with a little each day—maybe 5-10 minutes per subject—you can build from there.
2. Figure out how you learn best. Does your student learn best visually? Or by listening? Kinesthetic, or tactile, learning is a solid learning method for STEM students also. Figure out which way you learn best, and start to build study sessions based on your learning style.
3. Ask for extra help. Maybe you need a tutor, or extra help from a teacher. It can be intimidating to take a step to speak with a teacher or a tutor, but sometimes it’s necessary. Speak up and ask for help when you need it.
4. Find a study place. Find a place where you feel comfortable studying. Comfort is key.
5. Take a break. In between studying, take a few minutes to breath, and give yourself a break. It will let you refuel and get back to work.
6. Develop a routine. A little each day keeps the forgetfulness away—we made that up. What do you think? If you can study a little bit each day, you begin to build a routine that you become consistent with. So refer back to #1 and start build a routine studying 5-10 minutes per day.
7. Start small. If you have an upcoming exam, break the studying up into chunks, organizing the information by sections or topics. Review one section or topic per study session and add to this from there.
Now we take you to task. Try just one or two of these tips. When you (or your child) gets homework, or has a scheduled test, if you don’t already have your study plan set, build one using some of these tips.