For some students, studying can seem like an overwhelming and strenuous chore. There is an art to studying, and doing so in the most effective way can significantly improve students’ approach and attitude toward studying.
If you browse the internet for effective study strategies, the content will often lead to outcomes such as: “listening to classical music”, “eat well” or “exercise regularly”. While there may be some merit to all of this, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution to studying, much to the disappointment of everyone.
Studying, as defined by the oxford dictionary simply means the “devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of...” well, absolutely anything. In this blog, we share some observations and experiences to shed light on the practical ways in which
students can effectively devote their time and attention to the pursuit of knowledge.
Organise your time effectively. To be organised, a student needs to develop planning skills. While this isn’t everything, it is an underpinning trait to begin the pursuit of knowledge. Just like a ski lift taking you up to the slopes doesn’t directly improve your ability to ski, organisation is the vehicle that leads students to their starting point; providing them with a sense of direction and allowing them to optimise the studying experience. In addition to this, organising your time effectively results in the development of prioritisation skills which will help students well beyond the classroom.
Note taking. Everywhere around the world, students are note taking and research tells us that it matters. It is an effective practice, if done correctly. There is a myriad of note taking methods that benefit different learning styles. There is value in explicitly teaching children effective note taking strategies and encouraging them to further revise over their notes. In order to maximise the retention of information, students need to learn how to be concise and use keywords which helps with the stickiness of the concept. We will cover this in detail in a future blog. Subscribe now by clicking and selecting the button ‘Learn more’ to stay notified.
Build one skill at a time. By applying the concepts of deliberate practice, we teach students that skills are nurtured in sound bites, and not mountains. While divided attention improves with practice, some concepts and skills require our undivided attention in order to be mastered. Rather than aimlessly drilling one subject matter after another and tackling multiple concepts simultaneously, students are taught to focus and think deeply, allowing them to become creative and critical problem solvers. Students can identify their steepest learning curves and create replicable routines in order to practice the skills which they’re trying to develop. Similar to the benefits of having organisational skills, this style of targeted practice allows students to eliminate distractions that can impair their development.
Above all, the most important aspect of learning to study effectively is a student’s positive attitude toward their academic pursuits. By always prioritising academic success, our students have an already inherent advantage in their ability to study effectively and get the results they have been looking for.