As a student, studying is crucial to success. Studying is the only alternative to studying. And it is more of an art than going through pages after pages of books, notes, thesis papers, guidebooks, etc. A systematic study would help you attain your desired goals easily and enjoyably. Do not become disheartened if you are not a great reader. Instead, learn how to master the complex art of studying. There are steps you should follow to make your study more fruitful, more result-oriented, and more engaging than ever.
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1. Get organized - write down and put everything in place
You may be a student or a researcher, and you are supposed to accomplish tasks given by either your teacher or your boss. Keep a thin portable notebook with you all the time. Write down the assignments with specific points of significance you need to carry out within a stipulated time. Do not be late in taking down notes or you may risk forgetting, especially when you are busy doing many things simultaneously. Do not rely much on your overworked memory.
Preserve all the copies of your assignments in an easily accessible place by sorting them according to their subject matters. You may need any of these in the offing and you never know which one becomes a piece of sheer importance. By doing this you will be able to keep track of your progress and achievements over time.
You need a study table or a desk free from any outside interference. Here you will carefully reserve your pens, pencils, calculator, dictionary and other utensils you need occasionally or frequently. Before going to bed, make sure everything is rightly placed on your desk. If you are proactive enough, you can sort out the things you will need the following day into your bag.
2. Engage actively in class
The next thing to do after being organized is to actively participate in the class. You have to choose a place in the classroom you feel comfortable. Do not just hear, but listen to what your teachers say. Hearing and listening are not the same. Listening occurs when you hear the teachers, process the hearing into your brain, and come to a sound understanding. It is not expected that you will understand everything the teachers say. So raise your hand and ask your teachers for clarification or repeated explanation. Asking your teachers is a living testimony to your engagement in the class. Sit in the first several rows of the class and make continuous eye contact with your teachers. It will help you concentrate more and more.
3. Take notes
You are about to forget most of the lectures you learn in class. And there is a very effective solution to that: keep notes of every class. By taking notes, you ensure that you retrieve things in a coherent manner. For successful note-taking, you have to go through the notes of the previous class which will keep your mind fresh and free of ambiguity. Again, you cannot possibly note down everything. This is why you need to make use of abbreviations, symbols, points, etc. For example, you should write ‘UVR’ instead of ultraviolet ray or ‘DCY’ instead of democracy. It will enhance your capability and reduce the load of note-taking.
4. Pinpoint your mind
You come back home and start studying. There are lots of distractions working around you day and night. The age of the smartphone and the Internet is killing your time silently, so switch off your phone, notification sounds, etc., and do not watch movies while you are reading. Just concentrate on your studying. You could even put up a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on your room door.
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Remember that winners do not do anything miraculous; they follow strategy. Make your studying a meaningful strategy, which will bring result you will be surprised with.