Study is the not something that is only for students: good study methods are useful to us all. A little regular study is analogous to a little regular exercise: it strengthens habits and develops skills that are useful for a life time. A little regular study can provide us with one of the pleasure in life. Such knowledge will also build our confidence and help us to feel proud of our achievements. Good study techniques are not difficult to master and it is surprising how few students make use of them. Counselor

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fawad-alyThere is one central law about study; the law of mass effect. It states that the amount of work one done (the amount one learn, write or whatever) is strongly correlated with amount of time one spend doing it. Certainly, many students study in an inefficient way, So that long hours of hard work achieve much less than they could. But it is important not to believe the myth that by studying incredibly efficiently someone can achieve a lot by doing remarkably little.

What we can do is achieve a great deal by combining work and recreation in moderate amounts.

How many times this happens to you?

You might promise yourself that you will sit down and read or write an hour at specific time in the evening. At eight o’ clock you think it would be nice to have a cup of tea. At a quarter past eight you make a quick phone call. At half past eight there is a program on T.V. At nine o’ clock you have to listen to the news. At twenty past nine a friend tweets. At half past nine……..

All these are common experiences. There must be few people who do not waste time like this. The single most important difference between good and bad students is the ability to get down to work. The problem with not getting down to work is twofold: First, it results in too little work being done; and second, it results in an unsatisfactory use of the time not working is spent in a kind of no man’s land. Here are some ways to help someone to get down to work.

Create a good working environment: –  Try and keep a particular place, a room or part of a room, for work. Make this place attractive in your own particular way. Decorate it with pictures or flowers or whatever it is that you enjoy.

List the tasks beforehand:-   Plan in advance what it is you are going to work on. Do not be too ambitious: set yourself specific targets that you can certainly manage in the time available.

Keep the benefits of study clearly in mind:-  Write down all the things you can gain from doing the work and read the list when you are due to start. It will give you a boost. This is particularly useful if you are going through one of those phases when you feel discouraged, or have lost heart.

Leave your work environment inviting for next session:-  Spend the last few minutes of study period tiding up and getting ready for the next session so that it will be easy to start.

Suppose you want to learn French because you want to be able to speak a little when you go to France on holiday. The words and phrases that you learn the tapes and books which you might use to learn from all these should be chosen bearing in mind that it is for a holiday that you wish to use the language. If you are learning French for business purposes, then you would need a different vocabulary. Always study with a purpose in mind.

Most people read books from cover to cover in a linear fashion even though for most study purposes, this is not the best thing to do. It is unfocused, and wastes a lot of time. When studying thinks more of the way in which you might read a newspaper. Select what you read and select how much you read.

At the end of your study period, sort and file your materials. The other key to not wasting time trying to find things is to have a specific place in which you keep your notes. When you finish a piece of work, always put it back in its place.

In the last reward yourself for each study period. Animal trainers know the importance of reward. The principle is simple: you will enjoy doing things more if they are rewarding and then you will be more likely to want to do them again. In order to boost your chance of studying, you must build in extra and immediate rewards. The key to success is to keep the rewards simple and fairly immediate. Giving yourself something good to look forward to helps you to work, whereas giving yourself the pleasure before you work makes working much harder.  

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