Tip # 2: Have a Set Place & Time
Recipe for sleeping: Curl up on your bed with your Chemistry (or Physics) textbook, study for 15 minutes and it is guaranteed that you will fall asleep. If you don’t have a Chemistry or Physics book, any textbook will do. You might not even have to read for the full 15 minutes.
To study you need a study place. Your bedroom is fine as long as your bed is not your desk. Having your own desk and a straight back, padded seat chair is ideal. If that is not possible, then a table and chair will do, even if it is the kitchen table. Your study area should be away from the main traffic in the house. If there are too many distractions, you will not be able to concentrate on your subjects. Some students, especially if they attend a college or university, prefer to study in the library or a study centre. This is fine, but don’t use the library or centre as a social gathering place for you and your friends. You are there to study.
When you study is also important. Try not to study too late at night when you are tired. Do plan to study at set times. Don’t leave the study time to ‘when you want to study’ because that time will never come. Determine that you are going to study at a set time every day and then stick to that time. Set a time for all your subjects, English at a set time, Science at a set time, Maths at a set time, etc. Discipline is very important if you want to know your subject material well enough to get good grades. You can neither procrastinate (put off doing your studies tomorrow when you should study today) nor short-change yourself. If you have set a time to study for 2 hours then study the full 2 hours, not just ½ hour or even 1 ½ hours.
Do not study straight through for the full 2 hours without taking a break. As human beings we have short attention spans. An adult can best concentrate for 20 minutes only and a child for less time. Therefore take a short break every 20 minutes or ½ hour. Get up from your chair and walk around the house, the exercise will send oxygen to your brain. Get up and look out the window for 2 to 5 minutes. Looking at scenery relaxes the eye muscles and reduces eye strain. Go the kitchen and get a drink of water or juice. Help your mother set the table for dinner. Talk to someone else in the house for 5 minutes. Take a 5 minute break between your English, Science, Maths, etc. Now go back to your studies. You will be refreshed and you will be able to retain the information better.