Using Organization to Improve Study Habits
How can being organized improve your study habits? Studying in an organized fashion can help you create better methods and routines for your studying. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you improve your study habits through organization.
Making to-do lists for your study sessions may seem like tedious overkill, but this simple task can actually help you stay on track and become more organized. Creating daily (or weekly) to-do lists can focus your mind on what you need to accomplish and work on when you study and helps you establish routines.
It is known that it takes multiple repetitions of something in order to establish it as a habit. Writing down daily lists to remind you to study, what to study, and what to spend extra time on can help you create good study habits.
Keep in mind that when you make lists, you also get to check them off when you complete a task. That is great motivation to keep your nose to the grindstone!
Schedule Your Time
Set aside specific times for your study sessions. Don’t do it haphazardly with a little bit of time here and a bit of time there. That won’t be conducive to good study habits. Instead, schedule specific times during each day to spend studying. Studying every day as opposed to only on certain days helps establish better habits and better routines.
Choose a time that you know will work well for you to have quiet time that is just for studying. Choose a time that will likely not be interfered upon by other chores, appointments, tasks, and events. Once you choose a time, stick with it. Don’t schedule anything else during your study time and treat this time like a regular appointment that you can’t miss.
When you settle into your study session, use your cell phone to set an alarm. Be sure to give yourself breaks during your time studying so you can take a short rest and refresh both your mind and body. This is an important part of studying and learning effectively. Don’t overwhelm your mind — or your body — by sitting still for too long. Set your alarms and take a short break to get up, stretch, move around, take a bathroom break, grab a snack, then get back to your books. You will feel refreshed and ready to tackle more learning.
Organize Your Study Area
Create a space that is just for your study sessions. Keep everything you need on hand at your space. You may want to create a small box that includes pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, and other tools you might need.
Creating good study habits starts with planning and organization. Create your plan, make your lists, schedule your times and set to work. You are setting up more than just study times, you are setting up your own success.
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