Study Tips

After eating, the stomach requires a large part of your available blood supply to process the food. Thinking also requires a large part of our blood supply. Because of this, studying should NOT follow eating. Obviously, if you are sleepy it is difficult to concentrate. Studying requires a great deal of concentration. Interestingly, research has shown that the best memory retention comes from studying just before you sleep. The last items looked at seem to stay in the memory longer.
For some people music is a study aid. Unlike music, television is a proven distraction. The telephone is an unplanned interruption and, therefore, a distraction. Family or friends interrupting also would be a distraction. Most people do better at mental tasks when they exercise regularly. After exercising, it is often easier to relax. When you are relaxed, you concentrate better.
What if you can't concentrate? Then it is probably time to take a break. If you have developed a schedule that works, it will include timed breaks.

Adapted from the Practical Academic Study Skills Handbook


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