How to study effectively: Best practices

How to study effectively: Best practices

International Students are already dealing with many issues in their lives, and because of all of the different things trying to catch your attention, it can be hard to concentrate on studying.

We at peerTransfer have come up with some tips and tricks that will get you on the right track.

It is not necessarily productive to be spending longer hours studying, but instead studying more effectively will get you those better grades.

First you should optimize your learning conditions:

Rest:  Enough sleep is vital for your performance. It is also important to take a break before you feel tired and lose your concentration completely. Regular breaks at least once an hour helps to sustain your concentration. If the work is not going too well and you have difficulties in concentrating, you may need a long break and go back to it later

Hydration: Make sure you drink enough water, as it helps the electrical connections of the brain. Caffeine may help you to stay awake, but it can increase your anxiety – use it in moderation.

Avoid stress: When you’re stressed, your brain is more focused on escaping the situation, and not on reading, researching and writing papers. Using a calendar and planning to study specific times each weak will let you enjoy your breaks more. Also make sure that you choose a location where you can concentrate and reduce loud music, TV and other distractors.

Find fun in studying:  When studying it is important you find an approach that can stimulate your interest in what you are learning. Make the subject meaningful to you in some way, or try building stories around a given topic and use mnemonics to connect the dots.

Reward yourself after each study session: Use breaks, healthy food or snacks, go for a walk or listen/play some music for a bit. Whatever makes you happy.

Happy studying!  And if you would like to share any more tips and tricks about effective studying please let us know in the comments below!

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