Studying is an activity all students must do in order to excel in their educational journey. There is no doubt studying is important, but adopting the right study habits is just as important. Study habits are paramount to success. Having the right study habits will help govern and make proper use of your other innate abilities such as learning styles and intelligence. Here are 7 essential study habits you should adopt.

Have a goal in mind

Having a long term goal in mind is always a good way to start. By setting an attainable target to reach, it will provide you with a clear direction to work towards and to help you focus better on learning. This will also help develop the right learning mindset needed; to stop learning merely for grades alone and to start learning for personal growth and for the goals you have set for yourself.

Have the willingness to learn

This is undoubtedly the most important aspect of learning. Students must be hungry for knowledge and to want to learn beyond whatever is taught in the classroom. This will instil in students an inquisitive mind and will ensure they are constantly on the road to improvement.

Learn to stay Motivated

Finding the motivation to study is what every student will face and is one of the most prominent struggles students will encounter during their educational journey. One way you can stay motivated is by sticking with the right group of friends. Having encouraging friends around you especially when you are in the midst of your studies will spur you on to persist no matter how tough the journey gets. Having an achievable goal in mind, as mentioned in point 1, will also help in keeping you motivated. There are many other ways to keep yourself motivated, from rewarding yourself after a study session to watching motivational videos. Start seeking out different options to find out which of these works best for you.

Set a timetable, and stick to it diligently

Let’s face it, majority of us would place studying right at the bottom of our to-do list. That is why it is important we set aside time for studies so that we intentionally schedule time for studies. Doing up a timetable is the easy part, the hard part is actually sticking to it. Studies have shown that it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit. That is a little over 9 weeks and forcing yourself to abide by your set timetable for this long, is by no means an easy feat. However, that is where motivation plays a part. Finding your motivation will help give you the boost you’ll need to keep going.

Take good care of your body

Eat right, Exercise frequently and Rest well. The state of your well-being plays a huge part throughout your learning journey. Surely you won’t be able to have a productive study session if your body is sick. Ensure you have at least 7 hours of uninterrupted rest every night. Slot in some time for exercise no matter how short it is because doing so repeatedly could culminate into huge benefits. Last but not least, have a balanced diet and stay away from drugs and alcohol as they have damaging effects on our mind and body.

Form a study group

Forming a study group is one of the best ways you can get yourself to start studying. Having the right group of friends to form a study group is important as well because with the right people around you, you will be able to find more meaning and purpose in studying. Encourage one another within your study group and don’t be afraid to help one another out. A good tip would be to leverage on one another’s strength’s so everyone within the study group can progress as one.

Set aside some time for leisure

Having time to do what we enjoy is a good way to help you study better. From watching your favourite dramas, to going out for a game of soccer, its fine to indulge yourself after a hard day’s work. Ever heard of the quote, ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’? Sometimes setting aside time for leisure will help keep you motivated and make you more productive.