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Improve your study habits

Improve your study habits

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Consider how you can control your environment to improve your study habits.

For some people, the ambient noise of a café is the perfect place to study.

Other people prefer studying in a quiet space such as a library.

Some students prefer to study at home. Studying at home can bring a lot of distractions (housemates, TV, dirty dishes). It’s important to separate sleep and study so try not to do your homework in bed.

  • Noise: Some students enjoy listening to music when they study but for others, it can be a distraction. If you like listening to music instrumental music may help keep you focused. The optimal noise level is around 70 decibels (anything louder can increase stress levels).
  • Time of day: When is the best time to study? Some experts say that studying in the morning is better for learning new material, while the afternoon is best for reflecting on content that you have already learnt. 
  • Duration: Extended periods of study can result in loss of concentration and sleepiness. It’s important to break up your study with regular breaks and to do some physical exercise. Research shows that 52 minutes of study followed by a 17-minute break is best.
  • Eat well: Sometimes, eating too much can make you sleepy. Avoid eating food that is high in carbohydrates (like bread, sugar and pasta) and fats. Try eating food that is high in protein and low in fat as this will help you concentrate.
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