Study tips for adult students.
Studying as an adult can be a hard job. Adult students often have to work to support themselves while they are studying, as well as trying to have a social life and dealing with all of life’s other commitments. If you are an international student you might also have English as a Second Language which can make studying a bit more challenging. Take a look at this list of study tips for adults, to help you get the most out of your time.
The best way to be productive, is to be organised. Block out periods of time in your calendar to commit to studying. Have a plan of what you will do and have the appropriate resources to do so.
Work in a place that is free of distraction.
Finding the best place to study can take time. This place will be different for everyone. The local library can offer a good work space and while you are there, you can borrow books and check out the other services they provide for the community. If that is not an option for you, perhaps try a park, the beach or even head back to your college to find the place that works best.
Have a neat and tidy work space.
A cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind. Wherever you choose to go and study, make sure the space is neat and tidy. You should only have what you need to complete your goal and pack everything else away. This will prevent you from going back and forth between tasks and wasting precious time.
Switch off technology.
Switching off from incoming emails, phone calls and (our favourite time waster) social media, will give you uninterrupted time to get your work done. You may also need to switch off the television and headphones if they are keeping you from staying on track. Set an amount of time that is realistic for you. You may only be able to concentrate for 20 minutes before taking a break, where other students will be able to study for a couple of hours.
Do important things first.
Prioritising is the key to success. If you have a test tomorrow and an assessment due next week, then the test is probably where you want your focus to be. It is also important not to leave things until the last minute. If you have already studied hard for this test, then hopefully you will only need a quick refresher today.
Take care of yourself.
The best results will come when you have balance in your life and you are taking care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well and keep hydrated. Create good study habits, so that when you are spending time doing things that you enjoy, you aren’t feeling worried or guilty about it. Keep setting yourself goals and celebrate when you achieve them.
If you need help with study tips and how to get the most out of your course, then talk to your teacher or ask your classmates for advice. For more information on courses at SELC contact us now.