The Essentials Every Student Needs

By Michelle Huysamen

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” —Earl Nightingale

When it comes to your studies it’s necessary to make sure that “all your ducks are in a row as the saying goes. If you do not set a good foundation for your education, how do you expect to launch yourself into the working world when your studies are complete? If job recruiters look at your marks and experience, how do you expect to showcase excellence if you are not willing to put the time in you need to be successful while learning.

You may have just started at a new university, college or online institution or maybe you have been studying for quite some time, regardless of either of these factors, you may still need help with what you need to do in order to make the most out of your time and resources. For some, studying comes more naturally, but it’s not an excuse to neglect studying, everyone has the power to study well, you just have to make sure you understand what method best suits you.

Personally, I study best by having colourful notes and reading the information out loud and I cannot study for hours on end with few breaks, I’m an audio and visual learner and I study in less than two hour sessions before taking a break, but maybe you study best by rewriting your notes out several times and by working non-stop, hours at a time. There are so many different studying styles and methods available, you just need to test out and find the best one/combo that brings in good marks.

To help you out we have compiled a list of the essentials needed to study efficiently:

  1. A study space – you need to have a sturdy desk/table that you can put your books, laptop or notes onto – you should avoid beds or lying down as you are highly likely to be less productive as you’ll grow tired quickly.
  • Stationary – you need to be able to write down important information, whether it be electronically or in a notebook.
  • Food and Water – you need to have enough energy not only to maintain your health, but to help you focus and take in the information you are learning.
  • Diary and calendar – you need to keep track of test, exam and assignment dates as well as to keep an up-to-date study schedule.
  • Practice tests and exams – these are very important to complete as they help you to gauge what questions are asked and how they are asked. It also helps you to gauge which areas you need to revise and which areas you are ready for.
  • Breaks away from your work – you need to get away from technology and your books when taking a break, this allows your mind to recuperate.
  • Write a list of questions – it’s important that you ask questions when you do not understand the work or a specific term. By all means possible, ask the lecturer to help you or if this is not possible, research in your textbook or online or ask a friend.
  • Sleep – as you have heard several times beforehand – you need good sleep!
  • Self-discipline and dedication – you need to put in as much time and effort as possible in order to ensure good quality work that is handed in by it’s due date

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done and those who don’t want to make mistakes.”

– John Maxwell