How to Develop a Study System

When you attempt to remember everything you need learn for a test, you can often confuse yourself. Not only with the content, but finding time to learn it, and understanding how to study it. Keeping track of when, how, and where to study can be a struggle.The ideal that every student should follow a specific, generic set of rules to keep themselves organized tends not to be true. Because everyone is different, there are many different types of learners. Whereas some are able to learn well from a set of study cards or even simply remembering straight from the book, others are not. With some trial and error, you can find a method to learn and keep track of what and where to learn that works for you.


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    Start over. Write down everything that you did in order to study last time. Write where you studied, what you studied, how much you studied, and how. Consider these to be 'variables' in what is making you unable to get positive results. By learning from your mistakes, you can create a better future.
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    Create a new schedule. Whether it be a planner, a calendar, a diary-like log, you have to find a way to keep track of what to do. Some prefer planners because of their ability to be carried almost everywhere. Others prefer calendars that can be hung on the walls because of their more organized and easy to read look. Think about what you have to do each day. Not specifically studying, but generic chores that you've learned to do on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. It's important to take into consideration everything that consumes extra time in your day.
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    Look at what you've made and change it. You have to learn to edit what you do as you learn. You may use this schedule for a day or two and discover that it doesn't work for you unless you color code what needs to be done for school and what needs to be done for personal reasons. Another option is using stickers that symbolize activities. For example, a soccer ball sticker is the equivalent to a notice reminding you that you have soccer practice. Be flexible and willing to change your schedule. Rome wasn't built in a day, and your schedule won't be, either.
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    Find a place to study that works for you. It's important to choose an environment that is quiet, comfortable, and a good size. Working in a huge environment with empty space can be incredibly distracting, whereas working in a small area can get claustrophobic and stuffy. Open windows are a good attribute to a study area. Playing music or leaving on the tv can be helpful to some people, however keep in mind that it can get distracting. Switching music, watching the TV, and spacing out in general can all happen when you use electronic devices to 'help' you work.
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    Find a method to study. This doesn't mean that you should do only your homework-If you're having trouble in a subject, you will surely have to do more than just work off of the classwork. Get some material, whether it be notes or another wikiHow article explaining how to do work, or maybe something else entirely. When you read through your notes, don't feel like you can't mark them. Write questions and tips on the notes. From here, you mainly should just work through trial and error to find the method of studying that works for you. You can allot your own time to the subjects according to the level of difficulty in the subjects.
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    Adjust to your study schedule. Don't work every second you have allotted to study science. Studying is best done when you work no more than an hour followed by a break lasting no more than 10 minutes. If you feel the need to, change your schedule to consider these breaks by adding extra time studying to each subject.
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    Stay flexible. Nothing is set in stone, everything can be moved around and edited. Some things won't work for everyone. By changing your schedule and organizational habits, you're also changing your study habits. Those are most important when it comes to school organization, as good study habits result in success in class.


  • Leaving yourself a generic schedule that you use on repeat week after week usually doesn't work well. When you do the exact same thing repetitively and study the same subjects each night, you will be much less engaged in your activities, sometimes even to the point that you yourself no longer follow your set schedule.
  • When an exam is approaching, always give yourself more time to study. Even if this means multitasking or dropping an activity temporarily.
  • Keep your schedule flexible. Don't fill up your study schedule to the minute. There's no reason to ruin your day by consuming it with a pre-made plan.

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