I’ve been a teacher and a student. In fact, I still am a student. The tips in this article have helped me a great deal. I hope they do the same for you.
Preparation: Where you study and how you set it up is important. It’s nearly impossible to study in a crowded, noisy area. When I study, it’s in a quiet place. The lighting is appropriate, not so bright as to distract nor so dim I have to strain to see. It’s relatively neat. That way I can find any tools I need without digging for them.
Eat, drink, etc.: Before studying it’s a good idea to eat a healthy snack, get a glass of water and visit the restroom. Having to do any of these things in the middle of a study session is distracting. The snack will also help keep blood sugar levels at an appropriate level.
Tools: As my current textbooks are on Kindle, my computer is a must. Even if they were in paper form, access to the internet is valuable, as it can help understand something when the author is vague or doesn’t cover a topic completely.
I also have paper and pens. Some people can learn just by reading, but I have found that writing something down makes it easier to remember. If I have books that are about the same subject, usually they are close by.
Distractions: One word; don’t. Music and television distract the mind. You may think it helps, but if you try studying somewhere that is quiet, you may find yourself able to absorb more than you had previously.
Energy drinks: This is another “don’t.” The first reaction to these beverages is the ability to concentrate more, so you’d think they’d help. Let me tell you what they do to you after those first few minutes. The caffeine makes your hands shake and your vision blur. The sugar in them will raise your blood sugar, then crash it through the floor. The worst part about them is that they have been blamed for several deaths…of young adults. They aren’t worth that few minutes of clarity.
Studying never ends: Sorry, but it’s true. If you want to stay up to date in the career you choose, you will have to keep on studying. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be in classroom format. You can do what I’m doing; look up books in your field or in related fields and read them.
As a master herbalist, I keep up to date with new studies. I’m also learning about other alternative medicine techniques, studying legal chemistry, botany and pharmacology. It’s been several years since I read/studied an anatomy/physiology book, so I’m brushing up on that.
Learning how to study is second only to learning how to read. With these two skills there is nothing you can’t learn.