Study Skills

  • Minimize external distractions. Have a familiar study place which is quiet and comfortable, and has appropriate heating and lighting. Your study place should be well equipped with necessary items, such as pens, paper, and dictionary.
  • Designate your place of study as a place of study only. When you take breaks, read for enjoyment, or work on hobbies, do so in a place other than where you study.
  • Arrange not to be disturbed. Ask family and friends not to visit or phone during your study times. If this not possible, consider studying at the college or public library.
  • Determine the best time to study (morning, afternoon, or evening). Then arrange appropriate study blocks in your time management schedule.
  • Eliminate negative thoughts and feelings. This applies to both personal problems which cause you to be distracted, as well as negative attitudes toward a class or an instructor.
  • When studying, set realistic goals. You cannot learn an entire course in one evening. Trying to do so only invites failure.
  • Take breaks. The human mind can only function at full capacity for approximately 50 minutes; therefore, take a 10 - 15 minute break every 50 minutes. You will be able to resume your studies with a renewed vigor and a greater ability to comprehend and remember.
  • Remember, studying is important, but it is not your whole life. Reward yourself for a job well done and take a break from the books when you deserve it.