How to Study Effectively


Alyssa Gregory, Sophomore Staff Writer

Finding the best way to study will be an ongoing progress. It isn’t something that can be left for the night before a test. A student should be constantly improving their study skills to better understand what works (and what doesn’t). Learning how to study better helps avoid panic and frustration the next time a big test is coming up. Although at the same time, some may find this ironic. Students are rarely taught how to study – effectively – in school. 

There are many factors that contribute to an effective study session, one is to “set the stage,” according to USAHS. To “set the stage”, you first need to create the conditions – in your body and external environment – to successfully learn and retain information. Now, some may not consider the following as “effective study habits,” or even study habits at all. Nevertheless, students need to remember that everything in their day-to-day life can contribute to their studying performance. A student needs to think ahead when planning to study – not the day before. 

A student from Hubbard High School, Gavin Phibbs, shares his input on what he thinks is the best way to “set the stage” for studying. “Sleep fixes everything, there is no point in studying when you’re tired. You wouldn’t be able to remember anything!” The University of Pennsylvania shares similar ideas to Phibbs. “Sleep research from the last 20 years indicates that sleep does more than simply give students the energy they need to study. Sleep actually helps students learn, memorize, retain, and recall information,” discloses the University of Pennsylvania. Sleep is indeed one of the many ways a student can “set the stage” for studying. Another way is switching up the environment you study in, and find something that works for you. Finding somewhere that is reliably a productive place would be a good study spot. 

While studying, you can listen to calming music. Many suggest that classical music is the best option. It is not recommended to listen to songs with lyrics as it can distract you from the task at hand. However, everybody is different, find what works best for you! A big problem involved with students while studying is distractions. Eliminate distractions by silencing your phone and annoying background noises such as the TV or radio. Make a pact with yourself to avoid checking social media until your study session is over. Agreeing with this statement is Hubbard High School student Carmen Cristoff. Cristoff admits, “Studying is very hard for me because the temptation to go on my phone is very strong. It takes me more time to study than needed because of this”. Still can’t focus? Do you feel distracted even though there is nothing to distract you with? How about low on energy? A snack like apples or nuts could make you more focused on studying while being sustainable. 

Think about it…using these tips would be studying more effectively. Studying effectively means better grades. However, in the end, it is up to you to decide whether or not you use these study tips. Everybody is different – this means it might take some time to figure out what works for you. Don’t give up or get discouraged, you got this!