22 Study Habits That Guarantee Good Grades (2024)

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Were you hoping to get an A for your last test or exam, but your study habits got in the way?

Maybe you got a B, or maybe you did worse than that.

It’s annoying, isn’t it…

You put in all those hours of studying. You even gave up time with your friends.

So what if I could show you a way to work smarter and not harder, so you get good grades and have time for the things you enjoy and find meaningful?

Even better, what if I could guarantee it?

Well, I can.

All you have to do is adopt these 22 study habits.

(Throughout my career as a student I got straight A’s, so I can promise you that these study habits work.)

Want to get the grades you’ve always wanted while also leading a balanced life?

Then let’s get started.

The best study habits

Add these effective study habits to your routine to start getting good grades with a lot less stress.

Habit #1: Create a weekly schedule

When you schedule time for a particular task like studying, you’re saying to yourself, “I’m going to focus on studying at this time, on this date, and it’s going to take this number of hours.”

Once it’s down in writing, it becomes a reality and you’re more likely to stick to it.

This might sound weird, but it’s true.

Do this in your calendar, in a spreadsheet, or download a template – whatever works best for you.

First, think about your fixed commitments like school, sports practice, family time, religious activities and so on.

Now, decide which times around these fixed commitments are the best for you to do your work and revision each week.

Don’t worry about exactly what work you’ll be doing, or what assignments are due. Just focus on blocking out the times.

Your weekly study schedule might look something like this (the blue slots are the times you’ve blocked out to do work):

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Give yourself a study-free day (or at least half a day) once a week.

Everyone needs a break, so you’re more likely to come back to the work refreshed if you give yourself permission to take some time off.

Habit #2: Create a pre-studying checklist

Have you ever heard your mother say you should never go to the supermarket without a shopping list?

You’ll wander up and down the aisles, wasting time. You’ll make poor choices about what to buy and end up with all the wrong things for dinner.

By using a shopping list, your mind will be focused. You’ll only put items in your shopping trolley that you need, checking them off as you go.

It’s no different from a checklist used by a pilot before he takes off, or a mechanic as he services a car.

Checklists are essential as you learn how to develop good study habits. They ensure that you cover all the necessary steps to achieve an outcome.

Here are some of the things that might be on your pre-studying checklist:

  • Set up workspace
  • Make sure your phone is in another room or turned off
  • Let family members know not to disturb you until the end of the study session
  • Gather together all the notes and reference books needed
  • Get a glass of water
  • Set timer

Keep your checklist handy, and tick everything off at the start of every study session.

Habit #3: Create a study plan

The purpose of a study plan is similar to that of a checklist. It keeps you on track.

When you go camping, you might have a checklist that covers all the equipment you need to pack into the car.

But you also need a road map to show you how to get to the campsite. It allows you to plan your route, and keeps you focused on your destination.

So, at the start of each study session, create a study plan.

For example, today you might need to complete a math assignment and write up the summary notes of chapter 4 of your history textbook.

Write down the key tasks, together with a list of steps you’ll need to take along the way.

To complete your math assignment, you might write:

  • Read notes from math class
  • Read chapter in the textbook on algebraic calculations
  • Do questions 1 to 3

Your study plan will help you concentrate on what you need to get done today, without being distracted by the things that can wait until tomorrow.

Habit #4: Study offline as much as possible

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When you study, you want to be focused, which means limiting all those annoying interruptions that happen when you’re online.

Switch off your Internet connection and give your brain the peace and quiet it needs to concentrate.

And while you’re at it, try not to use a laptop to take notes.

This may sound like strange advice, but research has shown that taking notes by hand is a much smarter way of learning.

When you write notes by hand, your brain absorbs the meaning of what you’re writing. But when you use a laptop, you’re not processing what you’re learning as deeply.

Habit #5: Take three deep breaths before each study session

What’s the one thing that comes to you so naturally, you don’t even think about it?


We each take about 20,000 breaths a day, so you’d think we’d be pretty good at it. But did you know that there are better ways to breathe than others?

And guess who breathes the best? Babies.

As babies, we all take deep, relaxing breaths. These breaths push the oxygen around our bodies and into our brains, helping us to concentrate better.

But as we get older, we take shorter, faster breaths. As a result, we have trouble staying alert.

There are plenty of ways to breathe more deeply, but here’s one method you can try before you start each study session:

  • Close your eyes and breathe in through your nose for four seconds
  • Exhale through your mouth for four seconds
  • Repeat three times

Tip: Try this just before you go to bed as well. It will help you sleep better.

Habit #6: Learn how to motivate yourself

Do you find that sometimes it’s almost impossible to start studying? In fact, your body feels like a heavy stone as you drag yourself towards your workspace.

Don’t worry. Everyone feels like that from time to time.

You just need to know how to motivate yourself to study, and to do that we’re going to create another list.

This time, write down all the reasons why you want to study hard, such as:

  • I want to do my best
  • I want to become more disciplined
  • I want to prepare well for the future
  • I want to develop perseverance
  • I want to learn as much as I can

Put your list somewhere you can see it. The next time you feel like watching TV instead of studying, go through your list.

You’ll be fired up and ready to get back to your studies in no time!

Habit #7: Take notes during class

Taking notes in class is an important study tip to implement.


Think about the number of classes you go to every day at school and the mountain of information that gets thrown at you.

You’d never be able to remember everything you learned without taking notes.

Taking notes also helps you to absorb and retain information much better than just listening.

And lastly, think of your class notes as the backbone of your focused study time. They sum up what you’ve learned, and they make your study time more efficient.

(Here are some proven tips on how to take notes effectively.)

Habit #8: Review what you learned in school that day

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Reviewing new information you learned in class is one of the most effective study habits you can develop.

Before the end of each day, read the notes you took or re-read the chapter that your teacher taught in class.

It won’t take long to do, and it will help you retain what you learned. It will also make the process of moving the information from short-term to long-term memory smoother.

Habit #9: Read your notes before you start doing your homework

This is similar to the last study habit we talked about.

The first thing you should do in your study session is to re-read the notes you took in class before you start the homework assignment for that topic.

Don’t forget to include this task in your study plan (see Habit #3).

It will refresh your memory, so you’ll be well prepared to tackle the homework assignment.

Habit #10: Get at least eight hours of sleep every night

We all know that a good night’s sleep makes us more alert and energised the next day.

But did you know that it also improves your memory and makes you a better student?

You probably think there’s no way a top student could get enough sleep, but you’re wrong. In fact, getting eight hours of sleep before an exam is more effective than staying up late, trying to cram all the information in.

The best way to make sure you get eight hours of good quality sleep is to go to bed at the same time each night. (Set an alarm to remind you, if necessary.)

Read a chapter of a book, but don’t read it on your phone or tablet. This is because the light from such screens makes it difficult for the brain to wind down and inhibits melatonin production.

In addition, turn off phones and other electronic devices that may disturb you during the night.

Habit #11: Create an environment that helps you study

Trying to work in a noisy room, or one with poor lighting, is going to make your study time less effective.

To develop good study habits, take a few minutes to ensure your workspace is conducive to studying.

Here are a few things to think about:

  • Do you have the necessary supplies and stationery within reach?
  • Is the lighting adequate?
  • Make sure your desk is tidy and uncluttered (do this before and after each study session)
  • Is the room at the right temperature?
  • Is your work chair comfortable?
  • Is the room quiet? (Use earplugs if necessary)
  • Is your phone switched off?
  • Delete any apps on your phone that you might be tempted to open when you should be studying
  • Are there any other distractions in the room that might disturb you, like a magazine or the TV? Switch them off or remove them altogether.

Habit #12: Time your study sessions and breaks

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Do you find it hard to concentrate for more than 45 minutes at a time? That’s perfectly normal.

In fact, I’d recommend that you take a 5-minute break from studying every 30 to 40 minutes.

Don’t fall into the study habit of stretching out your break so it ends up being longer than your study time, though.

When you start a study session, set a timer for 30 to 40 minutes and then take a break. Likewise, set the timer for the end of the break so you know when to get back to work.

Habit #13: When you take a study break, step away from your desk

To develop good study habits, don’t forget to take breaks and use them wisely.

Step away from your desk and do something completely different to give your brain a break, as well as your body. Go for a short walk around the block or get a snack from the kitchen.

I encourage you not to watch a video, turn on the TV or check your social media news feed.

This is because these activities won’t give your brain a proper break.

Habit #14: Make use of the breaks you have during the school day

Do you have a long break in the middle of the school day or after lunch?

Is there something useful you could be doing with this time?

Maybe you could review the notes you took that morning or start preparing your study plan for later in the day.

Another great use of your free time is to seek out a fellow student and talk about what you’ve just learned. This is especially so if you need some clarification, or if you have doubts about something.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s an excellent way to learn faster and better.

Habit #15: Stay on top of your homework

This may sound like an obvious habit to cultivate as a student, but I’m often surprised by the number of students who let their homework pile up.

If it gets out of hand, just the thought of doing your homework can become overwhelming and stressful.

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself working so hard to catch up, you’ll have no time to study for important tests and exams, which are stressful enough on their own.

One of the most effective study habits to practise is to start your homework on the day it’s assigned.

At the very least, take a look at the questions while the information you learned is still fresh in your mind.

That way, if you have to come back to it later, you’ll have a rough framework as a starting point, making it much easier to complete.

Habit #16: Ask your teachers for help at least once a week

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Your teachers are there to help you succeed. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them.

Asking for help is a crucial study habit to cultivate.

Include asking for help in your weekly schedule (see Habit #1) and keep a list of any questions you think of during the week.

Bring the list of questions with you, and don’t let them pile up.

If you let the questions pile up, you may start to feel overwhelmed, and you may become reluctant to seek help.

Habit #17: Use a planner to keep track of assignments and deadlines

If you’re not organised when it comes to things related to school, you’ll waste precious time doing last-minute work you forgot about.

Or you may stay up late to finish an assignment you should have started a week earlier.

Use a planner to keep track of important dates, tasks and deadlines. You can either use a physical diary or an online one like Google Calendar.

The important thing is to keep your planner up to date, so you don’t have to rely on your memory or wait for your teachers to remind you.

Planning and studying effectively will improve your test-taking skills and performance.

Don’t just include the date of a test, for example, when you use your planner. Include a reminder to start revising for the test well in advance.

And review your planner at least once a week. Every Monday, go through all the upcoming deadlines, and prioritise the tasks and projects you’ll need to keep on top of for the week.

Habit #18: Test yourself periodically

Don’t wait for regular tests and exams to come around before you start studying. Set mini-tests for yourself every few weeks.

You may have reviewed your class notes once, but it doesn’t mean the information has been absorbed or effectively memorised for a future exam.

Here’s how to test yourself…

When you review your class notes, highlight some of the key things you’ve learned.

For example, in history it might be the date of an important event. Write down some test questions on a separate sheet of paper as you go, such as “When did the war start?” or “What caused the civil war?”

The next day, pull out the test questions and see how many answers you can remember.

It takes some effort to succeed at a test you give yourself, but that effort will be rewarded when it comes to exam time.

Habit #19: Check your work before you consider it done

When you finish an assignment, don’t consider it done until you’ve double-checked your work for careless mistakes.

Here’s what you should be looking out for:

  • Spelling mistakes
  • Grammar mistakes
  • Poor presentation
  • Have I responded to the question?
  • Have I left out key facts?
  • Have I got the equations correct?

Habit #20: Keep a “worry” list

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It’s common for students to worry about not doing well, but it’s a distracting pastime.

When you worry about something, it can hinder your ability to focus on learning and improving.

That’s why you need to keep a “worry” list.

Strange as it may sound, research has shown that writing down a list of your fears about school can actually improve your grades.

When you write down a list of your worries, it’s as though you’re unloading your anxieties and freeing up your brain to concentrate on learning.

So whenever a worry pops into your mind, write it down and move on.

Habit #21: Use online resources (if your teacher isn’t available)

Your teacher should be the first person you go to with a question or concern about the class material – unless you can easily find the answer on the Internet.

But if your teachers aren’t available when you need something clarified (which often happens in the middle of study time), there are some great online resources you can use.

Here are some of them:

Habit #22: If you struggle with procrastination, use the Pomodoro Technique

Procrastination or a lack of focus is a big problem during study time.

We’ve already talked about the need to take regular breaks (see Habit #13), but there’s another method you might find useful.

It’s called the Pomodoro Technique.

The idea is that you’ll stay on top of your work if you break your study periods up into focused but manageable bursts of 25 minutes.

This is instead of trying to concentrate for two hours or more at a go, which takes a lot of energy and willpower.

The objective is to train your brain to focus on a task that needs to be completed and postpone all distractions until later.

Here’s how it works:

  • Set a timer for 25 minutes
  • Concentrate 100% on studying until the timer rings
  • Take a five-minute break – and remember to step away from your desk
  • Repeat until the end of your study session

Here are some apps you can try:

  • Focus Booster – This is available for desktop and mobile devices. You can download the starter version for free.
  • Marinara Timer – This one is free and doesn’t need downloading. Just open it up and start the timer.

Check out this article for even more apps you can use.

Start practising your new study habits

Well done! You’ve read about the 22 study habits that are guaranteed to improve your grades.

(On top of that, here are 8 bad study habits you’ll want to avoid.)

Reading about these habits is a great start. But nothing’s going to change if you just click away from this article.

If you’re wondering how to get good grades, you need to take action – every day, every week, and every month. Start tomorrow with just one new study habit. Make it part of your daily routine.

After a week, pick another one and put it into practice.

Before you know it, you’re going to turn those disappointing B’s and C’s into straight A’s. I guarantee it!

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22 Study Habits That Guarantee Good Grades? ›

Very often the study habits and practices developed and used in high school do not work for students in college. Good study habits include many different skills: time management, self- discipline, concentration, memorization, organization, and effort. Desire to succeed is important, too.

What are the 7 types of effective study habits? ›

Here are 7 effective study habits that are essential for students of all ages.
  • Establish a study area at home.
  • Communicate with the teacher.
  • Keep assignments organized.
  • Avoid procrastination.
  • Take notes in class.
  • Highlight key concepts in the reading materials.
  • Prepare your book-bag before going to bed.

What is successful study habits? ›

Very often the study habits and practices developed and used in high school do not work for students in college. Good study habits include many different skills: time management, self- discipline, concentration, memorization, organization, and effort. Desire to succeed is important, too.

What are 2 helpful tips to make studying more successful? ›

  • Study in manageable blocks of time. ...
  • Create a consistent study schedule. ...
  • Make connections between your various study topics. ...
  • Use flashcards rather than just rereading your notes. ...
  • Set specific goals for each study session. ...
  • Explain the concepts you're learning out loud. ...
  • Test yourself with practice questions.
Mar 29, 2021

How can I focus 100 on studying? ›

7 tips for staying organised and focused while studying
  1. Make a plan. ...
  2. Create a relaxed study environment. ...
  3. Take regular breaks. ...
  4. Don't get distracted by social media. ...
  5. Drink plenty of water and eat well. ...
  6. Reward yourself. ...
  7. Don't do all-nighters, you will regret it!

What are the 8 habits of highly successful students? ›

8 Habits Synopsis
  • Habit 1: Be Proactive. I am a responsible person. ...
  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. I plan ahead and set goals. ...
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First. ...
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win. ...
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. ...
  • Habit 6: Synergize. ...
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. ...
  • Habit 8: Find Your Voice.

What are the 5 importance of having study habits? ›

Good study skills can increase your confidence, competence, and self-esteem. They can also reduce anxiety about tests and deadlines. By developing effective study skills, you may be able to cut down on the numbers of hours spend studying, leaving more time for other things in your life.

How to get better grades? ›

How do you get good grades?
  1. Motivate Yourself. You're not always going to get a perfect score. ...
  2. Pay Attention and Participate in Class. ...
  3. Stay on Top of your Classwork. ...
  4. Organize your Workspace and your Time. ...
  5. Take Your Health Seriously. ...
  6. Ask for Help. ...
  7. Consider Online Tutoring. ...
  8. Consider an Online High School.
Nov 5, 2021

What is study habits in school? ›

Study habit is an action such as reading,taking notes, holding study groups which the students perform regularly and habitually in order to accomplish the task of learning. Study habits can be described as effective or ineffective depending upon whether or not they serve the students well.

How can I improve my study skills? ›

10 Steps to Improve Your Study Skills
  1. Behavior modification can work for you. ...
  2. Do not study more than an hour at a time without taking a break. ...
  3. Separate the study of subjects that are alike. ...
  4. Do not study when you are tired. ...
  5. Prepare for your class at the best time. ...
  6. Use the best note-taking system for you.

What is the most successful way to study? ›

Part 5 – How to Study More Efficiently
  • Take Regular Breaks. Study sessions will be more productive if you allow yourself to take planned breaks. ...
  • Take Notes in Class. ...
  • Exercise First. ...
  • Review and Revise Your Notes at Home. ...
  • Start with Your Toughest Assignments. ...
  • Focus on Key Vocabulary. ...
  • Join a Study Group.
Nov 6, 2022

What are the most effective studying times? ›

Although new discoveries prove that timing may not be everything, it is important if you want to create and perform at your best consistently. That said, science has indicated that learning is most effective between 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm, when the brain is in an acquisition mode.

How to be a successful student or successful studying for 5 tips? ›

Strategies for Successful Students
  1. Attending class regularly is essential! ...
  2. Always be prepared for class. ...
  3. Don't be afraid to ask questions! ...
  4. Practice time management! ...
  5. Always save your draft in multiple places. ...
  6. Understand the importance of the syllabus, and refer back to it throughout the semester.

What are the 20 good habits for students? ›

20 Good habits parents must teach their kids
  • Making 'reading' a habit. This habit opens up the gateways of knowledge for your child apart from serving as a healthy pastime. ...
  • Playing outdoors. ...
  • Saving money. ...
  • Conserving resources. ...
  • Limiting screen time. ...
  • Being organized. ...
  • Adhering to a routine. ...
  • Adopting a friendly attitude.

What are the 100 good habits? ›

100 Healthy Habits You Have To Try!
  • Yes drink water. ...
  • Get regular sexual health check ups. ...
  • Always use protection! ...
  • Get a smear test regularly. ...
  • Eat lots of greens daily.
  • Air out your room once a day or a couple times a week, whenever you have the time.
  • Vacuum your room to remove dust and dead skin cells etc.
Aug 10, 2020

What are 4 most important habits? ›

Though they vary from person to person, Gretchen Rubin, in her latest book Better Than Before, identifies the four big ones: ample sleep, getting enough physical activity, eating and drinking right, and uncluttering.

How can I speed up my brain for studying? ›

7 Ways to Boost Brain Power While Studying
  1. Fit in some exercise a few times a week. ...
  2. Get creative. ...
  3. Stock up on your vitamins and micronutrients. ...
  4. Socialize. ...
  5. Allow yourself to power nap. ...
  6. Break out of your daily routine. ...
  7. Try something new.

What is the 1st of 7 habits of highly effective people? ›

Habit 1: Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. Proactive people recognize that they are “response-able.” They don't blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. They know they can choose their behavior.

What is habit 6 of 7 habits of highly effective people? ›


To put it simply, synergy means “two heads are better than one.” Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems.

How do you use 7 Habits of Highly Effective? ›

How to Adopt the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to Boost Productivity at Work
  1. Habit #1 – Be proactive. ...
  2. Habit #2 – Begin with the end in mind. ...
  3. Habit #3 – Put first things first. ...
  4. Habit #4 – Think Win-Win. ...
  5. Habit #5 – Seek first to understand, then to be understood. ...
  6. Habit #6 – Synergy. ...
  7. Habit #7 – Sharpen the saw.
Jun 22, 2016

What is the 20 rule for studying? ›

Simply put, 20% or less of the studying you are doing is leading to the majority of your results. Furthermore, 20% or less of your course content comprises the majority of the content on your exams. Remember, professors (whether they know it or not) are applying the 80-20 rule to their exams.

What are 123 study techniques? ›

How to use the 1-2-3 Method
  • Step 1: Choosing what type of evaluation. ...
  • Step 2: Select Preferred Data Collection/Analysis Method. ...
  • Step 3: Triangulate Using Another Data Collection/ Analysis Method.

What is the 1 2 3 method for studying? ›

To try this technique, review your material in spaced intervals similar to the schedule below: Day 1: Learn the material in class. Day 2: Revisit and review. Day 3: Revisit and review.

What are the poor study habits? ›

Being disorganized. With so many things to do and think about, being disorganized will only make studying much harder. Don't just take notes and keep reminders in odd places. Keep a notebook where you jot down all exam dates, assignments, deadlines, and study schedules.

What are three good study habits every student should follow in order to be successful in all of their classes? ›

6 Crucial Study Habits for College Students
  • Find a Place to Study Regularly. Consistency is key when it comes to studying, so do your best to make a habit of it! ...
  • Keep Track of Deadlines and Important Dates. ...
  • Don't Cram for Your Exam. ...
  • Organize a Study Group. ...
  • Review Your Notes After Class. ...
  • Ask for Help.
Aug 16, 2018

What are the effects of poor study habits? ›

A lack of studying affects the student negatively; moreover, it leads to low grades, low self esteem, and low sense of values. If students do not study, the first thing that suffers is their grades. Studying enables students to enhance and learn more than what they see or read at first glance.

How do I get all A's in school? ›

How to Be a Straight-A Student
  1. Organize Your Class Materials. ...
  2. Never Miss a Class. ...
  3. Sit at the Front. ...
  4. Participate. ...
  5. Review Notes Immediately After Class. ...
  6. Set Up a Distraction-Free Study Area. ...
  7. Form a Study Group. ...
  8. Avoid Cramming for Exams.
Sep 10, 2021

Is a 70% a bad grade? ›

C - this is a grade that rests right in the middle. C is anywhere between 70% and 79% D - this is still a passing grade, and it's between 59% and 69% F - this is a failing grade.

How to be a good student? ›

How to Be a Better Student
  1. Set goals. Goals, both short and long-term, are a great way to measure your success. ...
  2. Adopt and stick to a study schedule. ...
  3. Stay well-rested. ...
  4. Take advantage of educator resources. ...
  5. Healthy study techniques for proper exam preparation. ...
  6. Develop note-taking skills. ...
  7. Extracurricular activities. ...
  8. Study buddies.

What are the seven types of ineffective study habits? ›

7 Dreadful Study Habits to Drop & 3 Good Ones to Keep when Studying a University Degree Course
  • Being the Last Minute Student. ...
  • Not Getting Enough Sleep. ...
  • Drinking Excessive Caffeine. ...
  • Studying While On Social Media. ...
  • Stressed Up When You Fail. ...
  • Skipping Classes. ...
  • Studying With the Wrong Group of People.

What are the study habits styles? ›

Physical – (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch. Logical – (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems. Social – (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people. Solitary – (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

Are there times when you study better by yourself? ›

Some students work better in the morning while others are at their mental peak at night, and studying alone allows you to maximise this time. As well as having fewer distractions, you may also feel less pressure to grasp concepts quickly in order to keep up with others.

What are the 4 study strategies? ›

Four Study Strategies to Enhance Your Learning
  • Create your study area(s) This one encompasses more than it seems at first glance. ...
  • Organise your study schedule. ...
  • In the groove. ...
  • Reading R.O.I.
Apr 6, 2016

What are the 4 types of study methods? ›

There are 4 predominant learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, and Kinaesthetic. While most of us may have some general idea about how we learn best, often it comes as a surprise when we discover what our predominant learning style is.

What is the most you should study in a day? ›

Most people recommend studying for 3 to 4 hours every day on a set schedule that allows your brain to work at its full capacity. You should avoid studying for more than five or six hours as this can lead to burnout and cause you to lose the information that you have learned.

What is the best and worst time to study? ›

According to scientists, the best time to study is between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and between 4:00 pm and 10:00 night. The worst time to study is between 4:00 am to 7:00 am, so if you're balancing other duties while studying, it could be best to study later at night rather than earlier in the day.

What is the best time and break to study? ›

Research shows that taking purposeful breaks (anywhere from 5–60 minutes) from studying to refresh your brain and body increases your energy, productivity, and ability to focus. Keep in mind: social media doesn't work well as a “purposeful break” (see the research).

What are the 10 good habits for students? ›

10 Habits of Successful Students
  • Get Organized. Making a plan for what you're going to do and when you're going to do it will make sure you're always ahead of the curve - literally.
  • Don't multitask. ...
  • Divide it up. ...
  • Sleep. ...
  • Set a schedule. ...
  • Take notes. ...
  • Study. ...
  • Manage your study space.

What are the 10 habits of successful students? ›

Habits to be successful
  • 1) They Get Enough Sleep. A good night's sleep is essential for concentration and focuses during the day. ...
  • 2) They Eat a Healthy Breakfast. ...
  • 3) They Have a Positive Attitude. ...
  • 4) They're Organized. ...
  • 5) They Set Goals. ...
  • 6) They Take Breaks. ...
  • 7) They Seek Help When Needed. ...
  • 8) They practice Time Management.
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What is the best study routine? ›

How to make an effective study plan
  • Analyse your individual learning style.
  • Evaluate your current commitments.
  • Plan your study time for each class.
  • Develop a schedule.
  • Set realistic goals.
  • Make study time part of your routine.
  • Plan your breaks.
  • Try the Pomodoro Technique.

Is it OK to study on bed? ›

Furthermore, studying in bed does not allow the proper blood flow to the brain, which “sends fresh blood and oxygen to the brain, [promoting] optimal brain function,” according to Robben's article. Sitting in bed to do schoolwork can be very harmful to one's health, especially posture.

What time of day is best to study? ›

Best time to study according to science

According to science, there are two windows of time the brain is most receptive to new material: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

What are the most productive study times? ›

That's when we're most vigilant, when we're able to focus and concentrate the best. According to research, the most productive moment of the day is 10:26 am. The trough begins about 7 hours after waking – typically early to mid-afternoon – and lasts for a few hours.

What are the most productive hours to study? ›

That said, science has indicated that learning is most effective between 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm, when the brain is in an acquisition mode. On the other hand, the least effective learning time is between 4 am and 7 am.

What to avoid while studying? ›

Here are 12 ineffective study habits and how you can overcome them to succeed academically:
  • Studying without a plan. ...
  • Procrastinating. ...
  • Managing time inefficiently. ...
  • Having access to your phone. ...
  • Multitasking. ...
  • Cramming the night before an exam. ...
  • Studying for memorization. ...
  • Using a disorganized approach.
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What is the best position to study in bed? ›

The best posture for reading in bed, she says, is sitting up with your back against the headboard and pillows under your arms to raise the reading material to eye level. “That way you don't have to bend your neck to view the book or device,” she says.

Should I sleep instead of studying? ›

Take a nap

If you're really flagging during a study session, your learning ability is probably suffering too. A nap was found to improve memory scores on a test in one study, suggesting that a quick sleep could help to refresh your mind and consolidate all that learning.

What are the top 6 secret on how do you study effectively? ›

Learn how to study effectively with these ten tips.
  • Get organised. ...
  • Don't skip class! ...
  • Take notes. ...
  • Talk to your teacher & ask questions. ...
  • Space out your studying. ...
  • Create a study plan – & stick to it. ...
  • Don't just re-read but study. ...
  • Set up a quiet study space.

How do students manage their time? ›

Set Reminders. After you've created your calendar, give yourself periodic reminders to stay on track such as to complete a study guide in advance or schedule a meeting for a group project. Knowing deadlines is important; however, staying on top of the micro tasks involved in meeting those deadlines is just as important ...


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