Avoiding distractions is an important key to better studying
Orlando, FL: Students at the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando Florida know what it means to study hard. They are enrolled in science-oriented programs such as cardiovascular sonography, health information technology, and medical assisting. Training for these careers requires persistence and dedication. With the right attitude and the right commitment, you can study hard too! Try these tips for improving your study skills and you will see what a difference it makes.
Tip 1: Block schedule your study time
Do you find yourself squeezing in your study time in between shopping and making dinner and walking the dog? If so, this is probably not the best way to study. Instead, schedule out a block of time every day for studying (2 to 3 hours). Put it in your calendar like an appointment, and don’t schedule anything else over it. Tell your friends and family that this time is blocked. Explain that studying is part of your job, and that you need the uninterrupted time to do it. As you are studying, give yourself short breaks every 30 minutes to keep your mind fresh. For example, try getting up to stretch or drink a glass of water to break up the studying.
Tip 2: Eliminate distractions
We all know it. We spend too much time on our phones. We answer texts as soon as they arrive. We scroll through Snapchat instead of doing our work. We look at social media sites to check up on what our friends are doing. These short visits into cyberspace eat up a lot of time! What’s more, the constant pinging can interrupt our thought processes and make it harder to learn. To avoid falling into this trap, turn off your phone during your study time. Leave it off the whole time, and when you finish, you can reward yourself with some time catching up with friends.
Tip 3: Ask for help
Being a student is about learning something new. You aren’t expected to be an expert right away. Whether you are in high school, career school, vocational school, or college, your instructors are there to help you learn. If you don’t understand something, simply ask! They want you to understand the material. That’s why they are there!
Tip 4: Rely on your calendar
Test dates, quiz dates, long-term homework assignments, appointments…all of these things can be hard to remember. To keep everything straight, set up an online calendar, such as Google Calendar. Be careful to enter in dates, times, and reminders every time you learn of a new assignment. Look at the calendar every day to see what’s in store for that day, as well as the upcoming week. If you like staying ultra-organized, you can even use an app like Any.do or Evernote to manage everything from your daily to-do lists to your long-term projects.
Tip 5: Get organized
When you are in college or career school, you will have several different instructors. They may be assigning homework, papers, exams, and labs on different days. It can get confusing to keep up with the different demands of each class. To help keep it all straight, you should devise an organization system. Most people find that having a folder or binder for each class is the best way to keep your materials straight. If a lot of your classwork is online, you may also need to set up electronic folders for each subject, such as in your email inbox, on your hard drive, and in your web bookmarks. Another important organizational tip is to keep all your school work in one place. After studying, return everything to your school bag so that you don’t forget to bring the right items to school with you.
We hope these study tips help you make the most of your post-secondary education. With a dedicated approach, we know you can do it!
These study tips are courtesy of the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando. We want to help our students get the most out of their education with strong study skills and career readiness skills. Contact us for more information about starting your new career path with us.