- Block off specific time to work on classes.
- A block of time can be as short as 10-15 minutes; the length of the block depends on what you are studying.
- Make a study schedule for each day and stick to it.
- Consider the space you study in and how it makes you feel. Some people prefer a clean and distraction free environment, whereas others can study any almost any space.
- Some people get tired if they lay down or sit in a comfortable chair/couch, so they prefer studying at a table.
- Are you a morning or an evening person?
- What time of day do you feel most focused?
- Try to study during the periods of time when you are most energized and focused.
- Some people like it to be very quiet when they are studying.
- Other people cannot study if it is too quiet—especially if they are tired.
- Considerations for background noise:
- TV: make sure you are not watching a show you enjoy.
- Music: classical music works well as a background noise; popular songs may distract you.
- Set specific study goals for each study session. Goals should be realistic to the time you have allotted for the study session.
- Make learning relevant and fun. Try to access websites, documentaries, movies, YouTube clips on topics you are studying.
- Be an Active Learner. Take notes, create mind maps, use highlighters, print off images for visual information, etc.
- Take regular study breaks. Research shows our brain works best in 25-minute increments with brief breaks.
The Online Classroom
- Read instructions carefully.
- Don't be afraid to contact the instructor for help! Ask questions when you do not understand.
- Use any additional resources, such as online tutoring services.
- Log on to your online course several times a week. Make note of due dates.