Learning tips are a dime a dozen. Take a look and see if you’re already doing these things:
WHEN do I study?
Do you prefer to study in the afternoon, right after lunch or in the evening? Introduce a fixed daily study hour, for example from 4 to 5 pm. That way, you can concentrate exclusively on your schoolwork during this time. Make sure that you start studying early enough – if you keep to your daily study hour, you will never be late and you will be able to manage all the material well.
WHERE do I study?
Do you study on your desk, in the kitchen or in the garden? Decide for yourself where your study space will be – you can of course have more than one study space.
- Step 1: Arrange your study space so that you feel comfortable and have only the things in front of you that you need to study. Prepare all the things you need to complete your assignments: Books, notebooks, pencil box and set aside a glass of water (and possibly a bar) for yourself.
- Step 2: Put away all the things you don’t need to study. Examples include: Cell phones, tablets, headphones, etc.
- Step 3: Before you really get started, here are some helpful tips just before you start: Open the windows to get some fresh air. Now do some sports and stretching exercises while listening to your favorite song to clear your body and mind and get going. Examples include: stretch your hands and legs tightly, really stretch out and take a few deep breaths in and out, do 12 jumping jacks and shake loose – now you’re really ready to go.
HOW do I learn?
Do I memorize things by reading them out loud or by writing them down? Here are a few ways you might learn best:
- LEARN OUT LOUD – Stand in front of a mirror and try reading things out loud and looking at yourself over and over. Learn sentence by sentence and repeat them all to each other. The more you practice this, the faster you will memorize things.
- LEARN & LOOK – If you need to learn a certain topic and you don’t understand the things in the book, try to find something on the internet about it to have another explanation.
- LEARN WITH OTHERS – Form a study group with your friends or ask someone at home. Try to have a conversation about the subject matter and explain things to each other. If you need help, look on YouTube to see if there is a simple explainer video. You can then quiz each other too, that way you’ll remember things easier and longer.
- LEARN WITH SMALL HELPERS – Use index cards, so you can read through the most important things over and over again. Use small sticky notes and write down the most important things and stick them in places where you are often at home and look at them – for example on your room door, on your cupboards or in the toilet. Another option is to use your notepad. Highlight the most important things in the text and then summarize them in your own words by writing them down.