With our world an absolute mess in so many ways right now, you could be easily forgiven for falling behind on your studies and allowing your grades to slip. Unfortunately, if they fall too far, you run the risk of not reaching your goals at the end of the year. We’re assuming that’s why you’re here, and while we’re pleased to present these study tips, we want to start by reminding you that struggling is nothing to be ashamed of and that it’s strong, not weak, to reach out when you need help. With that said, let’s jump into our top five study strategies:
Get A Tutor
Although current circumstances appear to imply otherwise, parents are not teachers. There’s a reason why educators require a university degree to do what they do. With access to your teachers most likely restricted, it’s important that you maintain a connection with someone who’s properly trained to assist you with your studies.
If you’re struggling with your core literature subject, engage the services of a VCE English tutor. Your parents are likely doing their absolute best, but taking this step will reduce the pressure on you, your mum or dad, and your grades.
Create A Calm Environment
Your ideal next step is to create an environment conducive to productive studying. While the specifics of this step will come down to personal preference, we suggest the following:
- Ensure your room is quiet (or that your favourite music is playing in the background if you find this helpful);
- Keep your desk organised;
- Make sure your chair is comfortable and ergonomically designed to protect your back from unnecessary strain.
You could also consider making use of an aromatherapy oil diffuser as certain scents can boost focus and productivity.
Set A Schedule
With everything feeling so uncertain at the moment, it is more important than ever to maintain a schedule if you want to be productive and enjoy good mental health.
By setting a study schedule, you’ll feel more in control which, in turn, will help you focus and achieve better results. If you’re the type that doesn’t particularly like studying, knowing that you only have to do so for an hour or two a night will help you gain motivation to actually get it done.
Speaking of motivation, a general lack of it is a common problem at the moment. By rewarding yourself for studying, your brain will begin to associate it with the good vibes you feel when you’re enjoying your reward. This will boost your motivation and work ethic and help you build strong strategies that will come in handy for the rest of your life, especially if your dream career doesn’t adhere to the standard nine-to-five schedule.
Take Care Of Yourself
Although not directly related to studying, taking care of yourself is beneficial when it comes to achieving the results you desire. When we feel better, we perform better, so your physical and mental health should always be a priority.
Drink enough water (the general recommendation is eight glasses a day), find time to work out, rest when you need to, and make time for the things you love. It may be tough fitting all this into your schedule, but it is doable with good time management, and the benefits are invaluable.
So there you have it – our top five study tips to help you achieve the results you want. Although these work best when used as a cohesive plan, anything is better than nothing, so pick your favourite, start from there, and just focus on doing your best. Good luck!