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How to push yourself to study harder

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

There are two main evils that conspire to lead miserable experience during important revision-time. The first one is the stress of exams coming closer, and the second enemy is the boredom that comes after spending so much time with books.

Although it is really amazing to enjoy the revision time; one feels more confident when you find that you have studied the entire syllabus. But at the same time, many of us have a really bad time while studying difficult topics that may slow down the progress. Many of you may get exhausted by the feeling that you will be spending all the coming days with books only.

Well, we understand that this feeling is really frustrating. While teaching several batches of students at Math Lobby, I have seen my students going through these experiences. Still, you need to push yourself to study harder. You have big goals, and in order to achieve them, you should get rid of all the negative emotions.

It is important to find your own study motivation and feel positively connected with your books. Your concentration and dedication are the last resort. If you stay tuned to regular studies, you can achieve big milestones in your academic life.

We all have a different way of learning and remembering. It is not possible to apply the same rule to all students. And it's you who know your actual potential. All that you need to do is identify the best way to motivate yourself so that you can achieve more. One should not just keep on reading pages of the books for hours, without understanding anything.

The fact is that you should remember things with the best possible details. For some people, it is possible to understand the concept by reading the passage two times; few others may require reading it five times. Every student needs to identify his own pace of learning.

If you are interested to know some tips for how to study smart, just go through the details below. Here I have listed few trusted ideas to help you maintain higher retention for the knowledge that you find in your books.

Concentrate and remember:

As I discussed earlier, if you are not able to understand what you are actually going through even after reading a passage five times, you are actually wasting your time. The idea is to study with full concentration and remember the details. When you maintain full focus on things that you are reading, it is possible to increase the retention rate automatically.

Students that study with full concentration are likely to complete a chapter in one hour as compared to those who spend five hours on the same page with least concentration. This approach is very important during exam days as you have lots of syllabi to cover and revise.

You need to find your own way to concentrate, some of you may do better with flashcards, others may like to create notes on paper, and few others may be capable enough to remember things by just reading.

If you are working on some numerical problems, it is better to practice them again and again until you understand the flow and concept. Once you know the process behind solving the specific type of problems, it becomes easier to handle other mathematical problems based on the same concept.

Ask yourself questions:

Don’t wait for tests and exams to test your potential and learning ability. You need to ask questions from yourself. Some subjects like biology, psychology, religious studies, English and history come with lots and lots of information. In order to make learning active, you should practice the process of turning relevant information into questions and then prepare adequate answers for them.

You must be capable enough to frame lengthy and small answers based on the different marking ranges. In order to motivate yourself to study hard, set some self-tests and judge your performance. Reward yourself when you perform well on quick tests and also acknowledge if you fail to answer. It will help you to do some self-evaluation.

Study in groups:

Many students find it difficult to study alone. They either get bored or their brain gets loaded with many negative emotions. For such students, the best study tip is to teach each other in groups. You can create groups of two, three or even four students while breaking subjects into multiple parts.

This method is more effective for revision and can promise brilliant performance for some boring subjects. The best part of this type of study is that you are more likely to confront problems instead of skipping them.

Group learning motivates students to solve difficult problems while preparing the best answers. You may find it more fruitful while working on the typical problems related to science and maths.

Try something new:

When you are fed up of studying big syllabus books, it is better to make some changes in the process. The current generation is blessed with technological advancements, and you can make the best out of study apps to boost your performance. There are so many online platforms that may teach you better to deal with the problems related to different subjects.

You can take up online tests or courses to enhance your abilities. It is also possible to download some innovative study material online that can give you a fresh perspective to revise your syllabus.

Every student needs to learn the most effective way to make the best use of available time. You all have 24 hours a day, and you need to boost your performance to achieve your milestone in that limited time.

It is better to follow the best study tips and techniques to improve your concentration and retention. Make sure you stay away from distractions and set up adequate routines for study. It is also good to set up a common study desk where you can keep all your important stuff well managed to ensure easy access whenever required. These simple ideas can help you become more productive with your studies.

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