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January 31, 2022

4 Tips to Level Up Your Study Skills

Ever struggle to focus while studying? Try these tips to take your studies to the next level

Avoiding distractions will help you get the most out of your study time.

One of the most powerful sounds in the world is a cell phone notification. That one small “ping” has the power to make you stop what you are doing and think about something else entirely!

Avoiding distractions — like that pesky phone — will help you get the most out of your study time and succeed in your courses. Try these four simple tips the next time you sit down to study and find your mind wandering.

1. Identify common distractions

When you feel yourself getting distracted, take a break to reflect and write down what’s distracting you so you can avoid it in the future.

However, some distractions are difficult to escape, such as stress or anxiety about personal challenges. If this is the case, take a moment to work through these feelings by journaling or talking to someone you can trust. This can help to de-escalate stress and free your mind to focus on what you need to accomplish.

2. Set aside study time — without distractions

Write down distractions you want to avoid in the future.

Imagine this: You sit down to study — ready to rock that math problem or that writing assignment — and your spouse starts clanging pans to make dinner and the kids are blasting a television show in the next room. Does this sound less imaginary and more like reality to you?

Many BYU-Pathway Worldwide students are balancing the needs of family with their studies. You might let family or roommates know when you plan to study and ask them to keep the house quiet. However, if you’re a parent of young children, it might not be that simple. Instead, you could ask a spouse or friend to take the children outside, or you could try studying while your children are napping or asleep. It will be a learning process, but you can discover what works best for you and your family!

3. Prepare for your studies the night before

Have you ever sat down to study and then stopped to organize your study space for 20 minutes? If you can relate, consider setting up what you need for studying the night before. If you study somewhere other than home, it might be helpful to pack a bag with everything you’ll need the night before: notebooks, study materials, water, even a healthy snack! Then, the next day, you can begin working without hesitation.

It’s also helpful to organize not only your physical working space, but also your “to-do” list. Knowing what you need to accomplish the next day will help you have a clear purpose.

4. Try the Pomodoro technique

Try including planned study breaks.

The Pomodoro technique requires that you study for 25 minutes and then take a five minute break. After four rounds of this, you can treat yourself to a 20 minute break! (So 25-5-25-5-25-5-25-20.) If you find yourself losing focus easily, try this technique. Many students study more efficiently if they know how long they have to work until they get a break.

Studying can be hard — especially if it’s for long periods of time — but applying these four tips will help you take your studies to the next level!

What helps you stay focused while studying? Share below!

Comments on "4 Tips to Level Up Your Study Skills"

Natalie Malachwa says:

I am going to follow the four tips, especially phone gadget.

Mpangula Kutela says:

I will do that

Lina Vesesio Qionitoga says:

Very useful tips to help us. Even myself will follow them for the betterment of my study my schedule etc.

Ann Raviwann Sivilai says:

Never thought about just studying for 25 min. I have always tried to smash in as many hours as possible and now I find that I burn out. I will try this idea. Our minds and bodies need a break too. Need not be long. It is also good practice.

Mariano Díaz says:

Dear Marisa Hoover, I thank you for these four tips. You´re right about them. I just like to add, try some cards with some own ideas about what you´re studying in order to make a strong knowledge.

Helen Samuel ominabo says:

I am trying my best to following the 4 tips that’s why I’m able to balance children, husband, extended family, Church activity and my learning in PathwayConnect.

Joseph says:

I will do that,

Blessing Achika says:

I will also try this four tips to improve.

Gilbert says:

I feel grateful for studying effectively because it reminds me of high school when there were longer time to study physically in the classroom. I set a timer and when it happens unexpectedly, I rest for a while and continue. That’s all thank you.

Osei-Wusu Lawrence says:

I will do just that.

Akata Nataua says:

I will try the four tips to level up myself.

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