7 Ways To Get The Most Out of Your Studies

7 Ways To Get The Most Out of Your Studies

The return to study as an adult is not an easy journey, but when you make such a significant investment, it’s important that you get the most out of your studies. When it comes to your education, there are a number of things you can do to further your learning. Whether it’s paying extra attention or committing more time, the below seven steps should put you on the right track to getting the most out of your studies.

1. Read everything you’re supposed to
When the lecturer recommends that you read Chapters 1 & 2 in a book – read them. Whilst it does take time, they are recommended for a reason and will contribute greatly to furthering your knowledge and understanding of a topic.

2. Write notes
When listening to lectures or reading course materials, it’s a good idea to write down the key points. Writing helps process these points, as well as aids in memorising them for a later date.

3. Go back and review your notes
Often we write notes, but then never look at them again. If you truly want to get the most out of your studies, ensure you take the time to re-read your notes. This helps to not only memorise the key points, but also allows you to connect previous content with current content, and truly understand how the business world intertwines.

4. Discuss topics with classmates
Whether you study in person or via distance learning, you will have multiple opportunities to discuss content with classmates. Discussing topics with other people will provide you with unique points of views you may not have considered previously, as well as contribute to a deeper learning. Working together also helps you to build on areas of weakness, as your weakness may be your classmate’s strength.

5. Ask questions
Your tutors and lecturers are there to help, so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask a question. Asking questions doesn’t mean that you’re unintelligent; it means that you care enough to want to learn more. If you require further clarification on a particular topic, email your tutor, or post on discussion boards to open the discussion to classmates.

6. Stay up to date with content
If your class guide says that you should have read up to Chapter 8 by now, ensure you do the work. It is very stressful if you fall behind, so allowing adequate time read notes and study is essential. This will help you to not only to get the most out of your studies, but also gain confidence in your learning abilities.

7. Be punctual with assignments
Again, punctuality with assignments and tests is critical to minimise stress and achieving good grades. Meeting deadlines shows your commitment to your studies, and also builds great skills in time management.

What do you think?
Are you looking to get the most out of your studies? I’d love to hear how you ensure you do, and whether these points are of use to you. Comment your views below and join the conversation.

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.

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