All students want to know what makes other students successful; why are they getting higher grades, how are they able to do all they do? The overall trick is to study more effective and smarter, not harder. In order to study smart, certain study habits have to be created to increase the effectiveness of the study process. I will share with you the most effective and best study habits of successful students.
Exercise (almost) every day to stay fit physically and mentally
Exercising keeps you fit both physically and mentally. It keeps you fresh and increases your focus on studying. Nobody will become a better student from studying all day long. When you are exercising as a break, you are able to clean your mind and forget your work for a while. Exercising gives you an energy boost and promotes brain development. And after exercising, as it improves concentration, you can fully focus on the study material again.
Active instead of passive studying
Study less, study smart, study active! Studying active instead of passive studying really is the key for successfully remembering your study material. Passive means ‘just’ reading and/or highlighting the text. As studies have shown, reading and highlighting, although being being popular methods, are not very effective for remembering what you are studying. However, when studying actively, your brain will remember the study material quicker and better (also on the long term!).
Read more on studying actively to be more productive here
Ask others for help when needed
Of course, it can be difficult to ask others for help, as this can feel as a failure that you are not able to just to do it for yourself. But do not think this way; nobody can do anything in the best possible way, everybody has his or her own talents. Therefore, we can help each other to learn from each other and thereby improve your own results.
Put the phone away as much as possible
How much time you are actually just scrolling on your phone can be very confronting. It is obviously good to keep in touch with your friends, but how many times are you just scrolling through Instagram without actually enjoying. it? It sounds easier than it is and it is very cliche, but just put your phone away. Put it in another room, or at least keep it out of your sight and focus on your studying.
Consistency – Create a Routine
Routines are everything. When you have a clear and consistent morning/evening/study routine, you will procrastinate way less and also save a lot of time by thinking what you are going to do; you know what you have to do, how and when, so just do it! This gives a lot of structure and discipline. Here you can read on creating a productive study routine, efficient morning routine and productive evening routine.
By setting timers and thinking of a task to do within that time, you create automatically more discipline to actually start and keep studying. You know when you will have a break and this will give you motivation to study until that break to do something fun. Also by setting timers, you will study harder and more actively, as you have only limited time in which you would like to finish whatever you are doing.
Take (study) breaks on a regular basis
As mentioned above, it is important to take breaks to keep your mind clear and avoid becoming overworked. Take short study breaks on a regular basis and after a few hours, a longer study break. These breaks will actually increase your overall productivity as your brain is not able to function without any limit. It can of course be difficult to start studying again after a break, but also set timers here and only give yourself a longer break when your body and mind really need it. You do not want to get too stressed and overworked, so do not be too strict on yourself. If you would like to read more on ideas on study breaks and how many you should take, click here.
Study a language (or something else out of class) every day
Do not see studying as something you have to do, also see it as something fun and an opportunity to grow. It can therefore help to study something you like as an extra every day. This does not have to be a long time, for example 15 minutes consistently in the morning. This can be a language, coding, or something else you like. By doing this, you get into the flow of studying and will hopefully enjoy the process of studying more, which will increase your study motivation.
See criticism and obstacles are opportunities to grow
Getting successful as a student is not something that will happen immediately. This is a long-term process that will not only be the way you want to, as you will have to deal with criticism, obstacles and mistakes at one or more points. This does not necessarily have to be a bad thing though. You can learn from these and they help to grow further.