How to study effectively for optimum performance in 2009

Step 1

Set a purpose for your reading

  • The fastest, most efficient reading or studying begins with a specific purpose. In contrast, trying to read or study without a goal in mind will make learning more difficult.
  • Establishing a goal at the very beginning of a study session will enhance your ability to recall key points and concepts.
  • If you make the goals personal and interesting to yourself, you’ll tend to become more emotionally involved in the subject matter, hence your ability to remember what you study will increase dramatically.
  • If you’re reading a book, set how many pages are you going to read, and skim through the pages. Then, ask yourself,” What do I want to achieve by reading this chapter?”. Maybe you wanted to find some more information on the history of economics, or how the supply and demand works, or who invented the pencil, or how do you turn lead into gold. =)

Step 2

Choose an attractive study space

  1. A quiet,secluded study table or desk. The greatest and sustained speed in  study and the most successful academic performances are usually achieved by students who prepare with some degree of seclusion. With a little effort, it’s always possible to find a semisecluded spot.
  2. A study space devoted to the task at hand. For many people, a desktop cluttered with extraneous items, unrelated to the designated job, makes it harder to concentrate. A study area should be devoted entirely to study, if that’s possible. When one subject has been completed, you should remove the materials and then store or file them so that the study space is clean and ready for the next project.
  3. Good lighting and furniture.If you can’t see your study materials clearly, or if you are distracted by an uncomfortable chair or a rickety table, your ability to reach high reading speed will be seriously limited.
  4. Assemble all necessary study materials before you begin. There’s nothing more disruptive to learning than constantly trying to rummage around to find pencil, paper or text material that you forgot to lay out on your desk. To help with this process, write down a brief list of the required materials for a study session before starting.
  5. Soft background noise or music may be helpful.Some studies have suggested that certain types of instrumental music can actually help readers pace themselves and concentrate better. This is an individual matter which you must workout yourself.

Step 3

Establish a term or quarterly schedule

  • Important to design a long-term study schedule, which should cover the entire quarter or semester.
  • It’s necessary to know all the important dates on the academic calendar, which includes deadlines for papers, scheduled quizzes, time for major test and oral presentation.
  • Most successful people, including most successful student, are usually ardent list-makers and schedule keepers.
  • Trying to juggle study, assignment, tests and exams and one or more curricular activities and a regular social life can seem overwhelming, especially to the disorganized. So it’s essential for you to learn the art of devising and sticking to a written personal schedule.
  • Written schedules are absolutely essential for a successful, well-ordered life. There’s no reason for any reason to forget a term paper deadline, overlook a homework assignment or fail to remember to study for a test. It;s just a matter of learning what the key dates and requirement are and then writing them down.


Step 4

Setup a weekly study schedule


  1. Write your class schedule and other permanent activites in ink. Then fill out the rest of the schedule in pencil, since you may have to make changes as the term progress. Alternatively, you can also use Google Calendar, which is an online calendar and organizer that have all sorts of fun features in it.
  2. Insert your mealtimes in the chart. Be sure to allow enough time for a leisurely meal and for travel between the place where you’re eating and your study space or classroom.
  3. Eating regular meals, including a substantial breakfast, is essential for keeping energy levels high for academic work.
  4. Brain work requires adequate calories and nutrients. If you aren’t on a proper diet, you” probably find that you lack the ability to work hard and concentrate for sufficient period of time to get the most out of your studies.

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