How to Study Efficiently

how to study efficiently

Studying is something many people claim to do but never complete successfully. I’m just as guilty of it as the rest of us. I’ll say, “I’m going to go study at the library,” pack my bag and laptop, get there, and I surf social media for four hours… productive, right? It’s crazy how distracted you can become when you don’t set a purpose for your studying or reward yourself for a successful session. These are just a couple of things that will help you study more efficiently in high school, college, or whatever reason you have for studying information!

how to study efficiently

Tip #1: Make an end goal for your study session.

Study sessions are always bad whenever you go in without something in mind. Whether it’s for an exam, completing a project, or doing a daily assignment, you need to have a goal for your study session so you know what you are working towards. If you do not have a goal then you are working mindlessly and you’ll eventually get distracted.

Tip #2: Bring snacks and plenty of water.

We always get hungry (and inadvertently distracted) whenever we are studying. Whether we forgot our lunch or we get too bored and start eating as a result, it will happen. Pack yourself some healthy snacks to nom on during your session. Additionally, stay hydrated! Water is the best thing for you (although coffee and tea have their benefits) and I think it’s the best drink to bring during a study session so you never feel like you’re running out of steam.

Tip #3: Try to eliminate using the internet so you avoid getting on social media.

I know not using the internet seems entirely impossible when you are studying but it isn’t hard! If you’re working from your textbook, just use your Word software and hard copies of your research to keep you from gravitating towards your Twitter profile. Get your posting and sharing out before you begin. Another alternative would be getting one of those website blocking programs and disallow your computer to allow you on those websites for a set period of time (for those of us like myself with no self-control).

Tip #4: Check items off as you complete them.

There is no better feeling than completion. Whenever you get something important done, you feel like you’ve conquered the world. That is why it is great to use your list of goals as a to-do list as well. As soon as you finish one part of it, mark it off, highlight it, put a checkmark, rip it to shreds… whatever suits your fancy! Allow yourself to feel accomplished throughout your session.

Tip #5: Reward yourself for your hard work!

Rewards are the best part of doing something we don’t necessarily like. If you need motivation, set up a reward system for each study session you plan. Whether it’s an hour of Netflix, a chocolate bar, or going to get a pedicure, make sure you allow yourself to relax and have down time whenever you are recovering from a hardcore study sesh.

What are your favorite ways to prepare for studying?
How do you successfully study for your classes?
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12 Comment

  1. Hi Kimberly! I love this post, it’s so informative, helpful, and actionable. The first tip, having an end goal, is so important. It’s very easy to get distracted when you don’t have an end goal. I like reminding myself of these goals by making a list of things I need to study and checking them off as I go.
    -Aly

    1. kimberly.fairchild@ymail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  2. Studying was always the hardest part of college! You’ve got some great tips here!

    1. kimberly.fairchild@ymail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! It really is super hard to manage if you don’t do it in the right way.

  3. This is genius! Thank you for sharing these tips. I get sooo distracted when I study. 😛

    1. kimberly.fairchild@ymail.com says: Reply

      I did for the longest time too and I really think doing these things is what helped me!

  4. Those are some really great tips! I will have to remember them and pass them on to others!

    1. kimberly.fairchild@ymail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  5. Love it! Studying is something I feel like I never mastered. I do suggest there is an app that you can download on your computer that blocks certain websites for a pre-set amount of time. I can’t remember the name but I used it a lot in college to block Facebook, Youtube, Netflix and Twitter while I studied.

    1. kimberly.fairchild@ymail.com says: Reply

      Yeah, I’ve heard of these! I think they’re a great idea for those of us who have a hard time controlling ourselves. Lol.

  6. Social media has always been a downfall to my concentration. I those blocking apps are great 🙂

    1. kimberly.fairchild@ymail.com says: Reply

      It is DEFINITELY something I struggle with too when I’m trying to study.

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