The educational process is all about studying. You may be regular in your lectures and the varied classroom sessions but still it isn’t enough and not complete till the time you pick up books from your own end and do some amount of self-learning and there isn’t any substitute for it. Students, particularly research scholars are so loaded with work that they find it very difficult to take out time on regular basis for enough self-study. But you must remember that self-study is decisive in terms of the success or failure of your academic endeavour. What should you do in your daily routine to imbibe effective self-study habits?
- Frame of mind: having mind over matter is a popular phrase and that is what is required here. You must do away with the distraction when you attempt to get down with your work so that you can devote your full effort to the task you are taking at hand. You can further try to get yourself in the frame of mind for doing the work before actually starting to do it. This helps to immediately develop the concentration in the work as your mind gets prepared before only and you do not waste any further time in doing so.
- Have a designated study spot: There can be various ways by which distractions can happen, for instance, friends, music, noise, children and anything else that could call for your attention. You must take time in deciding a specific study spot which is as much as possible away from the distractions that could occur. Whether you decide to find that spot at home or away from home, it should be such which is easy to access and helps you to develop your concentration faster.
- Have handy notes: it is not just important to make notes but making good and useful notes is also an art. It won’t be of much good if you have notes that are scrolled down hastily, just for the sake of doing so. You must develop a useful format in which you should put up all your notes as when you every time read the notes in that specific format, your brains starts to comprehend them faster and your ability to retain them also increases significantly.
- Be adamant to a schedule: it is less of a challenge to do self-study if you try and not let the work pile up. Do little of the work every day and mostly at the same time and same place so that your body and mind is always able to prepare itself for what is going to come next and hence you are easily able to be in that frame of mind.
Try to do these small little efforts on regular basis and see the benefits reflecting in your productivity.