Five Habits to Study Effectively #Self-Studying

The best way to achieve higher learning is to learn on your own. That’s why I can’t blame some of my mentors that they don’t really share everything they’ve learn in their field of profession. I believe they do this in order for me and my classmates to dig deeper knowledge and learn more. During my time in college, I was always intimidated with the sort of “knowledge non-disclosure” kind of attitude of my professors since I paid my tuition fees and everything so I expect to have everything from them. In my opinion, they don’t to this to make us feel bad but to challenge us and become better than them. With this kind of treatment by my mentors, I have learned about self-reliance and how important to study on my own.  For me, self-studying is the key to obtain high quality of learning.


  1. Have a right mindset


Before you begin, make sure that you are not distracted by some errands or other tasks that badly need your attention. Think that studying is an opportunity to learn more and to enjoy the fruit of enlightenment. But don’t force yourself to have the right mindset. Instead, try to study bit by bit until you feel focused and conditioned to study. If things won’t work, try to think of ways to improve your condition. This may take some time but don’t worry about it. Think positively!


  1. Choose a right place


Choose a conducive place to study. Find a distraction-free place where you feel comfortable to study. A library, study hall, or quiet coffee shop are good place to study. You may find any ideal place but be sure you are comfortable. Just be sure that you have found an ideal place where you can reliably stay and do your task.


  1. Take some notes (your own version)


Most people just copy or rewrite the important points written on the book. Instead, it is helpful to write just important words or idea and then make your own translation. Express your understanding and consult your professor if you like. To have a good recall, it’s encouraged to say out loud what you’ve written.


  1. Share your output


Now that you’ve concluded your task, approach someone whom you can comfortably share your learnings. Discuss some of the things you’ve figured out and new ideas. You may debate with someone just to discuss a certain argument or doubts. For some reasons, don’t be shy on discussing what you’ve learn from self-studying because it is better that someone may correct your misunderstandings and wrong interpretations from what you’ve read.


  1. Take a break and reward yourself


It’s not impossible to study for 4 hours or more without a break. However it’s not realistic to do and it isn’t fun at all! Instead it is better to study for 1 to 1.5 hours and take a break (grab a snack) for 5 minutes sequentially. This could be sustainable and more fun to do. Try to divide your time and make some strategies to do study well. After all, studying worth a lot of commitment and it’s the most sensible thing a student can do no matter how much I.Q you may have. It’s our freedom to learn and no one can stop us (no one should) to know more and question everything.












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Edu Daryl Maceren, EE

EE Faculty at Ateneo de Davao University
He is an Electrical Engineer by profession and a full-time faculty in the School of Engineering and Architecture at the Ateneo de Davao University.

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