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Undergraduate Advice: How To Study Effectively
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Undergraduate Advice: How to Study Effectively

If you want to ensure that you maximise your opportunities at university, one of the most important lessons that you can learn is how to study effectively. As many undergraduates have found to their cost there are many new experiences to embrace at uni which if not careful can take precedence over your studies. Establishing good study skills habits from the beginning will ensure that you can enjoy university life as well as successfully graduate with the degree you want. Listed below are my top tips for studying effectively

Tip 1. How to study effectively: Make learning a priority

Start out as you mean to go on and have a schedule for how much time you will study outside of lectures you have to attend. It may seem boring when there are so many other things to do, but if you make learning a priority and establish good study habits from the beginning you will find it a lot less stressful.

Tip 2. How to study effectively: Plan ahead

Although many undergraduates boast about staying up all night before handing in an assignment, this is not an effective way to work. As soon as you know what assignments or exams you have – work out an action plan for how you’re going to complete the work. Sticking to the plan can really help lower your stress levels.

Tip 3. How to study effectively: Find the right location.

Studying in the right location has a real impact on the effectiveness of the work you produce. Working without external distractions will ensure that you’re able to concentrate, learn more and produce better work. Some people prefer to work with music, others in complete silence. Do whatever you feel works for you – but be clear that it really is working.

Tip 4. How to study effectively: Be organised

Make sure that from the very first lecture you attend that you take well organised notes. If you don’t you will find that as time goes on, you waste a lot of time trying to find notes and references and at worse find yourself having to redo work that you have already done.

As well as keeping your notes organised – make sure that you keep your personal study area well organised. You will find it more difficult to study if you are trying to work in a mess.

Tip 5. How to study effectively: Look after your health

Eating and drinking the wrong things and ignoring exercise on a regular basis will have detrimental effect on your health and your ability to study. To ensure that your energy levels remain high – maintain a healthy balance by making sure that you exercise regularly and eat well. When you’re actually studying remember to keep well hydrated and take regular breaks if only to go for a short walk to clear your mind.

Tip 6. How to study effectively: Ask for help if needed

If you don’t understand your lectures or are struggling to don’t feel too embarrassed to ask for help. Make an appointment to see your tutor and talk to them about any difficulties you may be having. The worst mistake you can make is to be struggling with your work leave it and hand in an assignment that isn’t good enough.

Summary

Life at university should be fun, but never forget the importance of obtaining your degree. Learning how to study effectively is an important part of completing your studies as well as having enough time to enjoy yourself. Committing yourself to being organised, planning, taking accurate notes, studying in the right environment and asking for help if needed will ensure your success.


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