Improving Study Habits

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The secret to improving one's study habits is the very same one behind keeping New Year's resolutions: keep it within reason. If your academic life is a shambles and you're committed to change, don't start by promising yourself drastic changes that you're unlikely to keep. Start instead by getting organized.

Good organization is the single biggest factor in effective studying. After all, if you don't know where your work is hiding, there's no way you can overhaul it and make it better. Second, if you have limited space in which to work, you're at a huge disadvantage. Not only must there be sufficient room to spread out your papers, but to hold a computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, and speakers as well.

Once You're Organized

After you've got your file cabinets, your book bag, and your desk in order, you have to keep them this way. For under a hundred bucks you can outfit yourself with all the three-ring binders, lucite sheets, dividers, file folders, storage bins, and supply trays you could need. You'll even have money left over to spend on color-coordinated folders and tabs to help you separate your work by subject.

Finally, if you spend more time on the computer than you do writing long hand, consider investing in a cord organizer as well. For about 10 bucks you can gather together your power cables, USB cords, adaptor and printer wires, and all manner of connectors and keep them all in one place. Not only will this tidy up your work space, it will help spare you embarrassing and potentially costly injuries as well. After getting your space in order, you can focus on your study skills. There are a variety of courses available, and you can likely find one in a format that suits your learning style.

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