Students & Learning

Why Are Study Skills Important?

  • Good study skills can increase your confidence, competence, and self-esteem. They can also reduce anxiety about tests and deadlines.
  • By developing effective study skills, you may be able to cut down on the numbers of hours spend studying, leaving more time for other things in your life.
  • Good study skills can improve your ability to learn and retain knowledge.
  • Students who use effective study skills may feel their work and effort is more worthwhile.


  1. Make your studies a priority. Successful students know how to succeed because they’ve made their studies their top priority. Though it’s important to make time for friends, family, and extracurricular activities, you should never neglect the time you need to spend studying.
  2. Get Organized. Making a plan for what you are going to do and when you are going to do it will make sure you are always ahead.
  3. Divide it up. Studying is not fun to begin with, and forcing yourself through a study marathon will only make it worse. Dividing your work into manageable chunks and rewarding yourself when you finish each chunk will make studying (more) fun.
  4.  Sleep. Do not underestimate the importance of those eight hours of sleep every night! Getting a good night’s rest will sharpen your focus and improve your working memory.
  5. Eat healthily. Research shows that the better your nutrition, the better your brain function. And the better your brain function, the better your performance in school. Here are some basic tips to eat more healthily: Eat vegetables and fruit, Eat meat and fish, Eat eggs, Eat nuts, Avoid processed foods, Avoid sugar, Drink plenty of water, Avoid sugary beverages.
  6. Take notes. Taking notes will not only keep you more engaged during class, but will also help you narrow down what you need to study when exam time rolls around.
  7. Study. This one might be obvious, but did you know that there’s a right and a wrong way to study? Review your material several days ahead of time, in small chunks, and in different manners (for example, write flashcards one day and take practice tests the next).
  8. Work honestly. This means you should do your own work, avoid copying, and avoid cheating at all costs. Cheating won’t get you anywhere, and what may seem like a shortcut one day can actually get you into a lot of trouble the next. It’s never worth it to cheat on a test, and you’re far better off not doing well on an exam you’re not prepared for than getting caught cheating. Even if you’re not caught, cheating makes you think it’s okay to take shortcuts when it comes to life and studying, and it can lead to some bad habits down the line.Don’t fall into peer pressure, either. In some schools, cheating is considered the norm, and it seems like so many kids are doing it that you might as well join in. This kind of group thinking is very dangerous and can keep you from reaching your potential.
  9. Avoid Distractions. Disturbances from one or the other way will always be there in your way.  When you concentrate on something deeply you are able to learn the things more effectively. Try to get rid of meaningless distractions that come in between your studies. Always keep your goal in mind and work accordingly as it saves your precious time.
  10. Ask questions. You’re in school to learn, so don’t be afraid to do just that! Asking for help – from a teacher, a tutor or your friends – is a sure way to make sure you truly understand the material.