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As the saying goes it takes two-weeks to break a habit, or to form a new one.
If you have good study habits you will get the most done in the least amount of
The environment in which you study can have a big effect on how efficient
your study time is. Check your place of study for the following conditions:
- Develop a study routine and follow it exactly, every time. I'm not saying
that you should schedule your life away. But having an efficient study time will
allow you to free up the rest of your day. Keeping a planning notebook
will help you balance your time. "Time is the stuff life is made
of," use it well!
- In making your study schedule, don't study each subject for the same amount
of time. If you are studying material that requires figuring out what the author
is saying, study for a longer period of time. If you are studying new material,
you should break it up into small chunks that you devote part of every day to
study. However these study periods should be shorter, about one-half hour each
day. If you are reviewing old material, it may not take as much time or need to
be as frequent. In memorizing, study for a period of 15-30 minutes, then do
something else; go back to the memorizing if you have not learned it the first
- Study periods should scheduled for appropriate lengths of time. Its
important that they are neither too short nor too long. If the period is too
short, you will not have time to get into the subject and may end up wasting
your time. If the study period is too long, you may become tired or bored and
won't remember much of what you study. Its better to break study up into small
manageable chunks than burn out cramming to late.
- While a class in "underwater basket weaving" may not seem to have
any direct influence on your career plans, it may serve a useful purpose in your
education, such as teaching you patience. Develop a good attitude toward each
class. If you try to see the reason behind taking each course it will make your
studies more meaningful.
- Comfort - Make yourself comfortable, but not too comfortable. A desk and
straight-backed chair is usually best. Never study in bed, your bed is a place
to sleep, not study, and you'll find out that if you study there sleeping is
about the only thing you will get done.
- Equipment - Have everything you need nearby. You might want to buy a school
supply organizer/box to keep all of your pencils, paper, dictionaries,
calculators, etc. organized and close at hand. You don't want to spend your
valuable study time jumping up and down getting things.
- Interruptions - Eliminate interruptions. Try posting a "do not disturb
sign" on your door and turning on your answering machine. If this still
isn't enough go somewhere where people can't reach you like to the park or the
- Lighting - Place your light opposite your dominant hand so you don't have to
deal with shadows while your writing and don't place your light too close to
- Neatness - No, I'm not your mother, but when it comes to studying neatness
counts. You need plenty of room to work so don't let yourself be cramped by a
dirty desk. don't be cramped. Your study time will go better if you take a few
minutes at the start to straighten things up.
- Noise - Minimize distracting noise. Find out what kind of noise level works
for you. Some people work better with some sound and some like silence. Find
what works for you and adjust your environment. If you need absolute silence try
studying at the library and not in your dorm room. Your roommate may be terrific
but they may be a distraction.
- Temperature - If your room is too hot or cold you can't concentrate. Its
always better to be a little cool than hot. You can always throw on a