Getting an education can be an exciting but stressful thing. However, there are tips for students that may help make the study process easier when you go back to school for a post-secondary education credential.
Getting your post-secondary education credential can be an exciting time and there are learning tips and tricks you can use that may help some of the nitty gritty things, such as studying, be a little easier. If you’re ready to get started in one of our programs, visit the online application portal to see where you can get involved.
- Write things down.
Studies have shown that physically writing things down can help the brain remember things more easily. Even if it might seem a little outdated to write things down by hand, consider purchasing physical notebooks or index cards to help with those tough definitions and terms.
- Find quiet spaces.
Studying in a place with less distractions should help your focus increase. This could mean taking a visit to the library, designating a specific room in your home just for studying, or finding a more private spot in a coffee shop or café. With less distractions, it may be easier to get into the study zone.
- Stay organized.
Investing in folders, organizational tools, and other things like that can eliminate the distraction of looking for a pen or notecards or anything else. If all your things are neatly stored in easy-access places, you’ll be able to find the thing you’re looking for with minimal time for interruption.
- Put your electronics on “Do Not Disturb”.
A common distraction may be notifications on electronic devices. If your device supports it, turn on a “Do Not Disturb” mode. If that’s not an option, consider turning your electronics off altogether.
- Get enough sleep.
Getting a good night’s sleep will greatly increase your productivity. Sleep correlates with attention, memory, and problem-solving, as it does with emotional and behavior issues that may affect academic performance2. Because of that, getting a good amount of rest can positively affect your ability to focus on studying.
- Find a study partner.
Studying with a partner or friend can be a great way to help keep each other accountable. If you’re able to, connect with other people in your class or other students who are also looking for someone to study with.
- Set aside time in your schedule just for studying.
Sometimes if there’s a time you set aside for yourself specifically for studying, it may be easier to actually get the studying done. A great way to do this is to pick a time in your calendar and set reminders so that you’re prepared leading up to the time you’ve set aside.