Most Effective Conditions that will Surely Improve Your Study Habit

by - October 10, 2016

Most Effective Conditions that will Surely Improve Your Study Habit

A good study habit is all a student needs to pass any exam! Very strong assertion right? Well, get this right; when we study, we do so basically for a purpose – to learn. I can’t see any other good reason why you should be spell-bound on a piece of paper or a screen, straining your eyes and burning your strength. I love the simple definition of study by Cambridgeto learn about a subject, especially in an educational course or reading books.

But I am tempted to say that not all studies yield the intended purpose. Yes! Haven’t you had the experience of coming out blank after hours of strenuous studies? Yeah, you’re not just the only one, many have experienced that also. I happened to be one of those. But with some observations and applications, I was able to conquer.  I have realised that all you need is a good study habit. This may be difficult when you are ignorant of the conditions that will facilitate it.

There are basic conditions that will determine how effective your study habit will be. Maybe you know them, consciously or instinctively. These conditions are very crucial if you wish to improve the effectiveness of your study. I am not here to list them, which every other person can easily do; But I want to make this time you're spending reading this post worthwhile. I will make the conditions known and also explain why and how to improve on those conditions. How do you see it? Cool, right? Okay. Let’s go.

Don’t make the mistake of reading in a dark place. Your study space should have enough light coming in. If it is in your home, make sure it is to some extent close to the window, where you can get enough light. It is not just for light to be in your room or office where your study is, there should be enough light pouring on your book or study material.

I will seriously discourage any use of dim light or coloured light as this will strain your eyes - leading to weakness and to some extent headache. Also, when you are reading, allow the light to pass from over your left or right shoulder. Why do I say so? If you allow light to pass through the right side (or your left side if you’re left-handed), it will cast shadows by your right (or left) wrist while writing. So the best is to allow it through your shoulder (left or right).

Your place of study should have a moderate temperature. I will recommend 65o Fahrenheit, according to the research I’ve made. Your room shouldn’t be too warm and it shouldn’t also be too cold. Just allow it to be naturally filled with air. You have to understand that any excess of either of these two can be detrimental to your study habit. Cold may endanger your health, so when you’re enjoying your cool Air Conditioner, be careful and watch the level you allow it to operate on. Also, if your room is too warm, you may experience serious discomfort and this can inhibit comprehension. Just make your room as natural as you can.

Your room should have a feel of airiness. Let it be spacious and well ventilated. If your room is stuffy, I bet you, there will be a serious traffic jam for comprehension to arrive. Try as much often as possible to open your windows and allow fresh air to fill your room or office as the case may be.

We know very well that carbon dioxide is not very healthy for the body and that is why we exhale it. Leaving your room stuffy can suffocate you with such dangerous gas. Also, carbon dioxide will simply heat up your room, causing serious discomfort during your learning. So try and allow fresh air entrance, they are always free and easy to come by.  

A Calm Place
Some people allude that the effectiveness of the study habits of the ancient philosophers was due to the fact that there was little or no distraction during their time and that was why they could achieve so much in such archaic period. There is great power in solitude and calmness.

To enjoy a tranquil place, make sure you remove every distraction from your study. Some students are very fond of playing music while they study. I am in no way trying to condemn this act, after all, I also do it. But what I want to recommend to you is the sort of music you should be listening. You can do better in studying when you listen to baroque music, classic or semi-classic songs, in the background while studying. Also, some blues and slow music can help to put you in the mood and facilitate great comprehension. This is not just my saying, many psychologists have confirmed the tremendous impact of music to studying.     
"Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." --Ludwig van Beethoven.

Evaluating your best time of study is very important. Look at your past experience and try to examine the best period you comprehend most. This is your best time to study. You may be a night owl, a lark or a sparrow. These are different times you may fall into. Do not make the mistake of following what another person is doing. I’ve seen some students, during an exam, they struggle to stay late at night or to wake in the midnight to study, it is a wonderful thing to do but have you tried to consider the best time you comprehend? You may read all through the night but the only time you really got something may be towards the early morning when you probably must have been tired. Why not sleep and wake up at that particular period to read and make sense of what you are doing? It is that simple.

Again, don’t study immediately you finished a heavy meal. It will simply not work. Why? Science tells us that after a heavy meal, the stomach needs a very large amount of blood to digest the meal. As a result of this, a large amount of blood leaves the brain to the stomach to aid digestion. It will not be advisable to study in this condition knowing very well that the brain is lacking some amount of blood which is its energy source. You may also read some answers concerning eating and good study habit.

What I will recommend you do after a heavy meal is to take a siesta or a short rest. Allow you mind to rest and get ready for any task.

Simply put, have a well-organised timetable. When you have a daily organisation of your time, you should also know how to allot study periods and courses. It is not enough to just list the time for your private study and just follow it. Check the various courses you are offering, there are some courses that are harder than the other. Do not make the mistake of putting two hard courses on the same day or in succession. To make it less stressful, put a simple course after a harder one. Of course, I know some people may argue that no course is simple, nevertheless, there are courses you feel you can ordinarily do well in them without extra efforts. Those are what I refer to as simple courses.  

Apportion time for activities, know when things have to be done and do them. It is healthy that you should also find some time to rest. The recommended time to sleep, of course, is seven hours per day.

Leisure Time
You may sometimes notice that you get so engrossed in your study (especially when studying something interesting) to the extent that you lose track of time. There is nothing wrong with that but to maintain a healthy state of mind, your study duration shouldn’t continue for more than two hours at a stretch. If for instance, you are studying something that will take you two hours, break each hour for three minutes or thereabout. It is not so advisable to read for a long stretch of time. The highest you can go should be two hours. During your short break, try and relax your mind by taking a deep breath.

After the two hours, try and have a long rest and break, try to do something to exercise your muscles. As for me, I always take a long walk or sometimes go for soccer. This exercise is very necessary to help your mind reorganise and associate what you have read. Although comprehension varies, I will say that this is the average anyone can go, if really one needs to improve one’s study habit.

Study Table
Don’t make the mistake of leaving your study table cluttered with unnecessary articles. It is not advisable to have your toothpaste, picture album, gadgets etc on your study. Having them around while you study has the tendency of distracting you. When you are doing something that seems static (like studying) the eyes and the body seem to be uncomfortable, they will seek for some varieties, and so any object that presents itself during this period will surely attract the attention of the senses.

So to lessen distraction and improve your study habit, remove those unnecessary articles from your table. In addition, during your study, allow your book to slant towards you. You don’t want the situation when you feel serious pain on your neck after studies. This will lead us to the next condition.

Sitting Posture
 When you are ready to study, make sure that your seat is standing straight. Do not use upholstery to study with a table, you may feel relaxed in the beginning but with time you may become uncomfortable and start turning around for comfort. Use a good study chair and table. Your sitting posture should be upright. Allow your spinal cord to stand straight to avoid any pain during your study which will seriously affect you. Also, you may want to place the sole of your feet flat on the floor. Feel comfortable and relaxed. Your sitting position will determine the level of your alertness and a good posture is very healthy.

These few conditions I have explained are meant to improve your study habit and not just to entertain your curiosity.  Let us know what your problem(s) is/are as regards your study habit. Feel free to share this with others and leave your comment.

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