In the Zone

When and how to study

  • Study during the early morning, afternoon, and early evening since you’ll better retain information. Avoid studying late at night. Studying during times besides late nights helps you better retain information.
  • Study during times when you will not be distracted by friends, extra-curricular activities, or work responsibilities. If distracted, move to a new setting. Try to choose an area that will be exclusively used for studying. Study in a quiet or relatively quiet area but do not study in areas where you’ll fall asleep or become groggy.See more in SleepHabits section.
  • When you can no longer concentrate or become extremely tired, end the study session. Don’t study when you’re tired. Get plenty of rest before long study sessions.
  • Begin study sessions by identifying goals. This could include the number of homework problems to work through or pages to read.See more in Goals section.
  • Reward yourself for meeting your study goals, which could include going to the movies, reading a book, or other activities you enjoy.
  • Structure study sessions by organizing content to be studied into chunks. This will limit boredom during long sessions.

Try the SQ3R approach

  • SKIM through the text quickly to get an overall impression.
  • QUESTION. If you are reading it for a particular purpose (for example, to answer an assignment), ask yourself how it helps. Also ask questions of the text: Who? What? Where? When? How?
  • READ. Read the text in a focused, and fairly speedy way.
  • REMEMBER. Test your memory - but don't worry if you can't remember much.
  • REVIEW. Read the text in more detail, taking notes. Use your own words.
SQ3R Reading Method