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common issues faced by students during studying
People can’t focus because they don’t know how to study.
- Inadequacy of clearly defined goals
- You haven’t set aside specific study times
- Study in designated areas is not recommended.
- Strategically obstruct distractions
- Do not train their attention span
- Instead of focusing on developing skills, focus on getting high grades
- Don’t ask for accountability from mentors or peers.
- No tracking systems in place
- Instead of using traditional, tangible tools such as flashcards and notebooks, use smartphones and apps to study instead
- Do not include a dietary or exercise program in your daily routine.
- You should not meditate or be familiar with breathing exercises that could create a sense of presence.
Research shows that if you fail to pay attention to these points, your mind will wander endlessly. Researchers from the journal neuroImage found that too many learners lack strategies to help them concentrate on tasks.
1. Set study goals
Start with the basics. Study goals Ask yourself why you are here. Ask yourself why you’re here at university. Fun is one answer. However, it’s not the only one. Understanding your goals is half of the job.
2. Make a study schedule
After you have decided what you want, you can start to create a weekly schedule.Study timetableSet a routine. You should have a set routine for everything. You could have a timetable that includes when you should get up, what time you should eat, and, most importantly, how much time you should be spending on studying. There is no set timetable and there should be some flexibility depending on what happens. However, it is important to establish a routine and to adhere to your study schedule as much as possible.
3. Learn to say “No!”
While I don’t expect you to stop socializing, you must take bold steps. It is better to limit how often you dine out to just one per week. This will allow you to save money. Reduce the number of times you go to the cinema each week to one per fortnight. If you are asked to go with someone to the mall while you should be studying, let them know that you are busy and when it would be more convenient. Learn to say no when you aren’t sure you should.
4. Keep your eyes on your priorities
Self-help is key. You can do what you want. However, no one will stop you. If you fail to achieve your goals, you are the one responsible. You are here at university to learn, and nothing else will make sense.
What can I do?Stay focusedKeep a journal with you. It contains all of my study goals and priorities. I look through it whenever I have time, such as when I’m waiting to catch the train or travel and before I go to bed. You could also do the same or paste posters to your wall.
These study tips will help you stay focused and confident in your studies. You’ll find that you feel more positive about your life and your ability to enjoy every aspect of student life.
5. Automate Accountability
At least three levels of accountability are available:
- Accountability for yourself
- Accountability to another individual
- Accountability for a group
Some people may not even be able to practice any of these layers. It is certain that some people will be scared away by the effort involved.
Three words can sum up how to motivate yourself using another person: Hire a coach.
You don’t have to be skeptical about it working. Just read the science. It compares different levels depending on what type of coaching you receive. Your investment in coaching will be well worth it if you get the sessions on the schedule and pay for it. Loss avoidance will improve your “show up” rate and implementation rates.
6. Keep track of your progress
Many students struggle to focus because they are overwhelmed by their mental responsibilities.
They have syllabi in multiple folders on their computers. Worse, they don’t even know how to bookmark pages on the university website. This is a recipe for disaster.
- All of your reading obligations should be translated onto a physical calendar.
- You can also print your Syllabus and then paste it into separate notebooks for each course.
- Next, plan your reading. After you have finished each book, check it off or cross it out. It is possible to use multiple colors.
You can also set up rewards to track your progress. After you have completed a set number of study tasks, you can give a movie or museum visit.
Writing assignments are a lot easier than I thought. I kept track of how many words I wrote each day. To make sure I was reading as early as possible, I made every effort to get my writing started.
This allowed me to consult my teachers ahead of time to make sure I was on the right path or if they had any suggestions for additional reading that might help my research.
I would not have been able to track my progress without tracking it. I also wouldn’t be able to find the time to seek their advice if they hadn’t reached me early enough in the semester.
7.Use tangible study tools
Many students leave everything in Evernote and wonder why it’s not working.
Physical notebooks, flashcards, or index cards are great options if you have trouble remembering your notes.
If you are struggling to find the right tools, digital fasting or working with pen and paper can be a great option.
Mind Mapping is a technique that I recommend highly. Although it is not a miracle cure, Mind Mapping can be very powerful when you focus on the big picture and dig deeper into the details.
It can help you to remember to study and complete assignments.
8. Take a break
According to a University of Illinois study, taking a scheduled break from studying can help you minimize distractions and maximize your learning. Study examines the phenomenon of “vigilance decline,” which is when people lose their focus. A short break during a long task can re-energize the brain. Alejandro Lleras, a researcher psychologist, says that taking a short break during long tasks can help you stay focused. He found that people who took shorter breaks than usual performed better than those who continued working straight through.
9.Get enough sleep.
There are many benefits to sleeping. Sleep helps regulate your hormones and information is synthesized. It also helps you to fire on all pistons next day. It is actually physically similar to trying focus when you are tired.This could be the reason you are having trouble concentrating.
The average person needs 7-9 hours sleep each night. There are some who need more or less. When you don’t need to set an alarm, how many hours would you sleep? If you are unable to sleep at night, try to go to bed an hour earlier each night.
10. Eat healthy.
Your mind is as healthy as what you eat. Eat your favorite fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy, as well as nuts, but not greasy fries/chips or fattening candy. Healthy eating will give you more energy and help you put your mind to the test.Avoid white food like white bread, potatoes and flour. These are just dead foods and sugary drinks which can cause you to crash at school and in your studies.
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