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5 Steps to Improve Your Study Habits (for all students)

Let's face it, studying can become a chore at times. We all have heard of cramming and other unhealthy ways to study just to get by. However, there are better ways to study that will save you time and make sure you focus on the right content.

Female student using laptop to study

Below is a list of 5 steps to help you improve your studying techniques to be more effective, coherent, and enjoyable.

1. Find a quiet place to study

The idea of studying in a quiet place is pretty common, and it’s a good one. You don’t want to be distracted by the TV or music, or by people talking or making noise around you.

You’ll be able to focus without interruptions. When you’re studying for something important, there are probably many distractions around you. These distractions can take away from your ability to focus on what you need to learn. If you can find a quiet place to study where there aren’t any distractions (or if you make sure there aren’t any), then it will be easier for you to concentrate on what you need to learn.

Some examples would be going to a library, a quiet coffee shop, or by simply removing all devices that might distract you (phone, computer, etc.).

2. Take regular breaks

The brain is a muscle, and if you don't give it the right fuel, it's going to start lagging behind.

Taking breaks is an essential part of being a productive student. It's important to keep your mind fresh and focused on the task at hand by taking regular breaks.

Here are some ways you can take better breaks:

  • Take a walk around the office or outside.

  • Get some fresh air and stretch your legs while clearing your head.

  • Set a timer for 20 minutes and write down everything that has been on your mind lately — even if it's just jotting down ideas for future projects or blog posts.

  • Listen to music or podcasts that you enjoy or that match the mood of what you're working on (for example, listening to jazz music while writing a post about jazz festivals).

  • Meditate for five minutes by either closing your eyes or doing something relaxing like breathing deeply or doing yoga poses.

3. Explain concepts using your own words

Using your own words is a good way to learn. When you use your own words, you are able to understand the material better and keep it stored in your mind.

This is because when you try to express your own ideas about something, it forces you to think about the subject matter and understand it better. It also helps with the retention of information because if you can’t explain something in your own words, then chances are that you don’t really understand it at all.

One of the biggest problems students face when they are learning anything new is that they try to memorize everything instead of trying to understand it first. This leads them to have difficulty retaining information which causes them to forget what they learned quickly. On top of this, they often find themselves unable to explain something they know well because they just memorized everything without understanding anything at all!

4. Take care of yourself, and your brain

Taking care of yourself is the best way to stay healthy. When you're healthy, your brain works better.

We all know how important exercise is for our bodies, but it's also good for our brains. Exercise increases blood flow, which provides more oxygen and nutrients to your brain cells. Exercise can also release endorphins, which help make you feel happy and relaxed. The more active you are, the better your brain will function.

Eating healthy food is another key part of keeping yourself healthy. Eating too much sugar or processed foods can lead to weight gain, which can make it harder for your body to fight off disease. It can also affect your moods by causing spikes in blood sugar levels or energy crashes after eating too many refined carbs or processed foods.

Getting enough sleep every night is also important for keeping your body — particularly your brain — healthy and functioning well long-term. Sleep helps regulate hormones like cortisol (which regulates stress) and melatonin (which regulates our circadian rhythm). Getting enough sleep makes it easier for

5. Ask for help when you need it

It can be frustrating when you don't understand something and it's okay to ask for help. This might include making arrangements to talk with a tutor if you're struggling in school, getting extra help at home for subjects that are challenging—or just speaking with someone if things feel overwhelming. It's also important to remember that asking for help doesn't mean you're not smart or capable. It just means that you want the best possible outcome in your classes, and sometimes that means asking someone else for their expertise.

A game plan to study better

These steps provide an easy-to-follow game plan that any student can follow. In fact, following these steps will be beneficial for anyone looking to make the most of their study time. Some people may benefit more than others from some of these points but everyone should find improvement by implementing them.

If you're struggling in a certain area or getting stuck on a certain subject, vRealm Tutoring is here to help! Contact us today to find out how we can help your child achieve success in school and beyond.

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