Back to Basics: How to Build Good Study Habits

The same goes for developing good study habits. You must include learning into your routine because the repetition reprograms the brain with better behavior. [...]

The same goes for developing good study habits. You must include learning into your routine because the repetition reprograms the brain with better behavior. Also, everyone needs to take a look at how they learn and apply the knowledge outside the classroom. This is especially true nowadays as the timeliness of information and skills change rapidly. A premium is placed on being a lifelong learner to be able to keep up with the trends and remain relevant.

Here are a few back-to-basics tips on how to develop good study habits again.

Know your learning style

People have different learning styles. Some people process information better through reading texts, listening to podcasts, or simulating the actual work, and then getting feedback. Knowing your learning style and preferences can help determine how you should consume content, what training works best, and what distractions you should be wary about.

Are you a visual learner who prefers images or an auditory learner who understands better through music and sounds? Do you like a more physical style of learning where the sense of touch is used more often? Others are more interested in applying reasoning and logic to absorb new information, while some have an affinity for using words in writing and speech.

Protect your productivity zone

Sometimes, it takes some triggers to make brains work and become productive. It could be putting on headphones to listen to your focus playlist, drinking coffee, or sitting on your office chair. Whatever the action or environment is, you must protect the associated actions of those switches, so it’s easy to go into work mode. This is the same logic when experts say you should avoid browsing phones or watching TV an hour before bed to prepare your brain for sleeping.

Don’t be afraid to establish rules for others to respect your productivity zone. This might mean closing your bedroom door, putting your phone on silent, or specifically telling people they shouldn’t disturb you for a specific duration.

Don’t skimp on rest and sleep

Everyone’s guilty of pulling an all-nighter and not making sleep as a priority. But a good night’s sleep can help you understand and retain information better as you have the full extent of your mental faculties.Eye serums for dark circles can only do so much. It is still better to follow the recommended eight hours of sleep to be a functional human being.

Building good study habits takes time and commitment to stick. But once they do, they will benefit you in the long term.

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