Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Effective Study Skills

Effective Study Skills

Students often fail to secure good grades despite studying for hours. This is because they have never studied effectively. Unless you know how to make your study hours effective, you cannot get the expected results. Here we will give you some glimpses of effective study skills.
A study is called effective if you can remember and recall the major segments of the syllabus that you have read. Do not try to cram chapters that you fail to understand. The easiest thing to do is to seek the assistance of your classmates or the teachers to understand the confusing portions.
Make your schedule to address those important needs. You should never compromise with your priorities. Never try to finish too many things at a time. Study all the subjects on a regular basis while allotting some time for revisions. Keep yourself motivated. Reading it line by line will then help you understand it better.

Effective study skills also stress on reading methods.
Effective Study Skills Tips
All of us urge students to work hard and succeed in their exams. The ability for students to understand what they are studying is of quite importance.
Lack of a study schedule
Lack of clear priorities in terms of what to study
When sitting down to study, usually too tired or restless to study
Spending too much time socializing and playing games
Making unrealistic time estimates and attempting to do too much at once
Studying on a cluttered desk and in areas facing a window, TV and other forms of distractions
Frequent disruptions from outside and perennial procrastination
For effective learning to take place, there is need of learners to acquire good study skills which will enable them to approach learning in a more pragmatic and independent way.
In a bid to learning to learn, learners are expected to adjust to their unique learning skills depending on the task at hand. Learners are equally expected to be responsible for what they are learning by spending sufficient time on the task at hand. They ought to approach each task with the most appropriate approach and select the relevant materials for specific tasks.
The following 6 tips will give learners a brace in their study skills:
Learners ought to evaluate themselves by figuring out their strengths and weaknesses. In so doing, learners have to consider skills for instance; writing, reading, listening and numeric. The skills the learner frequently uses are inevitable, or rather, the learners’ preference should inevitably be considered; this includes the preferred learning styles. Learners should also consider whether they learn effectively by reading, watching or listening.
1. Be a boss for your time and life
For learners to effectively manage their lives they’ve got to have a goal driven life; it is therefore the first step not only in managing one’s time but also one’s life!
After a learner has identified his/her goals, they are in a better position to figure out whether they are using enough time to work towards their goals. This evaluation of the time spent provides the learner with sufficient information to enable them to allocate more time for their goal focused subjects and less time for subjects subordinate to their goals.
2. Figure out the essentials of studying: What entails studying? The learner is tasked to be aware that studying is more than going to class and doing home work. Some students are known to do homework just to please their teachers or rather, to avoid conflict with their teachers.
Study entails; preview of the session or content to be learnt, attending the session in the class, classroom review and activities and individual studying.
3. Concentration is key in studying
A good student does not necessarily study more than a poor student. It is important to note that, it is easier for a student to remember a concept well understood and very easy for a student to forget a concept vaguely understood.
4. Active readers enjoy their studying
Most students fall asleep when they are doing their studying; this is can be confirmed by the number of students found asleep during prep time- they are quite a number! The reason is that people on the football pitch are active. For students to remain interested in what they are studying, they must remain active participants in the content they are interacting with.
5. Unlock the vocabularies
English language is nutritious in its vocabulary. The learner’s ability to understand language gives them a leverage to learn more efficiently.
8. Develop a practice of writing
Developing and practice of writing skills enable learners to express their ideas. Writing while studying enables the learner to pay attention, develop critical thinking and be active. 8. Developing of listening and note-taking skills
Note taking demands that the learner be an active listener, be able to distinguish main and minor points, and participate in class.



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