Techniques for Effective Studying | Pepperdine University

Techniques for Effective Studying

When/How to Study

  • Plan 3 hours of study time for every hour you spend in class
  • Study difficult or boring subjects first
  • Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions
  • Be aware of time of day when you are most alert
  • Use waiting time (waiting for the shuttle or sitting in a doctor's office)

Where to study

  • Find a regular study area
  • Don't get to comfortable before studying
  • Utilize the library

Minimize Distractions

  • Pay attention to your own attention
  • Discuss concerns with your roommates about study time
  • Avoid noise distractions
  • Beware of individuals who misuse their time
  • Get off the phone
  • Learn to say "no"

Good Questions

  • What is one task I can accomplish toward my goal?
  • Am I being too hard on myself?
  • How did I just waste that time?
  • Would I pay myself for what I'm doing now?
  • Can I do just one more small task before I stop studying?

Adapted from Becoming a Master Student by David. B. Ellis.

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