To study effectively, set aside time each day to study textbooks and class notes in an area that is free of distractions. In addition, take small breaks, and get enough sleep.
Set aside a specific place to study, one that has minimal to no distraction, and study for a predetermined amount of time each day. For instance, study at a desk in the library for at least one hour each day. Distractions, such as music or television, decrease the ability to retain information over time.
Taking a short break improves retention. For instance, take a 10-minute break for every 30 minutes spent studying. Reviewing class notes, making flashcards and studying highlighted terms in the notes and textbooks help increase the ability to retain necessary information. Use the information presented in textbooks or class notes to create a story, song or poem that is easy to remember, or write down your own examples of the information presented to aid in memorizing the class material.
According to Rasmussen College, students that get at least six hours of sleep perform more effectively than students who do not get enough sleep. Students are to study during the hours when alertness and concentration are highest to promote positive results.