What makes a successful student? There are numerous factors to consider, but one of them is good study habits. How do you inculcate good study habits in order to excel in your academic life?

Space your study times. That is, you shouldn’t do too much studying all at once. Ramming all the information in your head at one time will make you prone to a study burnout. In turn, it will be difficult  to ingest and retain facts and details in your wits. What you ought to do is spread your study sessions evenly, for shorter periods of time, and have sufficient breaks in between. Relaxing your mind makes it easier to absorb information.

Create a specific study schedule. Your study time should be rendered to accomplishing anything pertaining to your school work. It could be preparing for a test, tackling a reading assignment, completing a paper or an assignment and the like. These tend to be constant in your life as a student, thus it makes sense to schedule attending to them at specific times all through the week.

Your study times should be the same everyday. You should have a daily study time routine that fits in your schedule in the same way as your sleeping and eating schedules. This habit, when cultivated makes your brain active and ready to hurdle your academic chores at a particular time.

Establish goals for your study time. You should inculcate focus and direction when doing your school work. Setting goals for your study schedule allows you to monitor your progress according to certain measures. Be clear about what you need to accomplish every time you are studying.

Actually study when you have planned doing so. In this case, you have to steer clear of procrastination. See to it that you carry on with your assigned school work when it’s time to study. Delaying your tasks will only lead to a backlog that could eventually overwhelm you until you cannot complete them.

Do the most difficult assignments first. Tackle the subject that you find most difficult first. It would tend to require more energy. Attend earlier to it while your mind is still fresh and has ample reserve.

Read your notes before doing your assignment. This will make sure that your assignment is done right and assist you in completing such task.

Inform your friends or housemates to not distract you when you are studying. A chum calling you while you’re digging your books is an interruption that can have you delaying your task. Worse, it could cause you to lose your momentum until you find it trickier to go back to it. So as much as possible, turn off your cellphone or social media accounts whenever you are studying.

Ask for help when you find your schoolwork hard to accomplish. Part of having a healthy attitude is to ask for help when one is in a quandary. You can do the same when find yourself clueless about the topics of your test or need somebody to criticize or evaluate your practice tests. Call your friend, your teacher, your tutor or the folks at home when you need help with your test prep or assignment.

Review your schoolwork during weekends. Weekends are usually reserved for fun and relaxation, but you should also take some time to review your notes. Doing so makes you ready for your academic undertakings come Monday when the school week starts again.

Tasks at school need not be overwhelming. What you ought to do is allocate short but sufficient times for them on a consistent basis. This way, school work that has to be done with does not accumulate, and you can go easy on them yet achieve the best results. Adhering to good study habits is bound to make school work stress-free and effectual.


  • Winnie has been a publicist and writer for over 10 years. She has broad experience in online and personal mentoring. Working with Test Prep Toolkit, an online GED, ACT and SAT study guide has been one of her most fulfilling careers where she and her fellow TPT staff work together as a power team in helping thousands of test takers pass their exams. With such an outstanding achievement, Test Prep Toolkit has become one of the top test prep websites on the Internet today.