In the world of college admissions, your grades are of the
utmost importance. But how do you get the most out of your study time? CAA
offers our clients an assessment to help them learn more about their study
habits and create a study plan that meets their own needs. Here are a few of
the tips that we talk about with our students as they seek to study more
effectively. These are things that are generally within your control that can
have a big impact.
– Have you thought about where you choose to study? Your surroundings can have an
impact on your overall focus. Do you study in your room, at the library, or
outdoors to be around nature? Think about your own preferences when selecting
your ideal place for study time.
– Are you one of those people who is alert first thing in the morning? Do you tend to
have a burst of energy at night? These are things to consider as you think
about your ideal time of day to spend time studying. If you are a morning
person but always try to study late at night, it may lessen the quality of the
time you spend.
– This is an area that not everyone considers. Do you prefer well-lit surroundings when
you study, or do you prefer more dim lighting? If you need good lighting to
read but always study in a dark place, you won’t learn as well. Think about
what the solution may be for you. You may need to change the location of your
study spot depending on your answer, or you may need to buy extra lighting to
enhance your current study location.
– Do you like to have music playing as you study? Do you need it to be as quiet as
possible in order to focus? This is another important question to ask yourself.
Maybe you’re the studier who puts on music in your room, but you end up paying
attention to the song rather than what you’re reading. If you don’t have access
to a quiet study space, soft music without words could help to drown out
– Why do you study? It sounds like a weird question, but what is your reason? Are you
doing it because of obligation, internal motivation, to please your teacher, to
please your parents, or some other reason? Some are motivated by the knowledge that
studying now will help them reach a career goal. Thinking about the why can
help you get the motivation you need.
–Is it a distraction for you to eat while studying? Maybe you need to have food to help
you stay engaged and have energy? If you choose to eat while you study, we
recommend more healthy snacks. For some, a glass of water to sip while studying
can be just as effective.
– Some students really enjoy studying with a group of friends, but is it effective? It
can really depend on the group and the person. While friends are fun to hang
out with, do you feel you get more accomplished on your own? Or do you find
benefit in hearing a concept explained in a group setting? Consider what really
helps you as you plan.
There is not only one way to study, so it is important to
find the way that works best for you. The CAA coaches are here to talk about
your situation and help you plan to study more effectively. We can offer advice
and talk about what we have learned through our own years of studying. Good
luck to all!