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+ - Creating a Study Environment

  1. Find a place to study and keep it for studying only.
  2. Gather together all materials needed for studying.
  3. Control noise level and the visual environment to acceptable levels.
  4. Avoid relaxing while working; create a work atmosphere.  When you take a break, leave your study place then come back to work.

+ - When to Study

  1. Determine your “up” times.  You may be a “morning person” or an “evening person”.
  2. Study when there are the fewest competing activities in progress.
  3. Study is most effective when adequate rest periods are provided.
  4. Stop studying when fatigue or lack of attention occurs.

+ - How to Study and Concentrate

  1. When distractions are present, “tune them out”.  Become focused on your project.
  2. Keep a pad of paper handy and jot down extraneous thoughts that cross your mind when studying.  Get them out of your mind and onto paper.
  3. Set study goals before you begin studying (i.e. number of pages or number of problems).
  4. Give yourself adequate rewards after specific goals are met.
  5. Break up the monotony of studying by changing the order of subjects you study.
  6. Make the most of rest period and do something very different from studying.
  7. Do not try to mix work and play.
  8. Start with short study periods and slowly build to longer periods only as fast as you maintain concentration.
  9. If necessary, make a calendar of events to clear your mind of distractions.
  10. Realize that you won’t lose friends, respect, or a “good time” just because of your studying.
  11. Plan the length of your study period by the amount of material you decided to cover, not by the clock, which can be a serious distraction.