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Establishing good study habits

Establishing good study habits

Establishing good RMIT Training study habbits

Create the best environment to maximise study time.

For some people, the ambient noise of a café is the perfect place to study.

Other people prefer studying in a quiet space such as a library.

Some students prefer to study at home. Studying at home can bring a lot of distractions (housemates, TV, dirty dishes). It’s important to separate sleep and study, so try not to do your homework in bed.

Keep noise to a minimum - Some students enjoy listening to music when they study but for others, it can be a distraction. Instrumental music may be a good choice to help keep you focused. The optimal noise level is around 70 decibels (anything louder can increase stress levels).

Ideal time for study - Some experts say that studying in the morning is better for learning new material, while the afternoon is best for reflecting on content that you have already learnt.

Extended periods of study can result in loss of concentration and sleepiness. It’s important to break up your study with regular breaks and to do some physical exercise. Research shows that 52 minutes of study followed by a 17-minute break is best.

Eat well - Sometimes eating too much can make you sleepy. Avoid eating food that is high in carbohydrates (like bread, sugar and pasta) and fats. Try eating food that is high in protein and low in fat as this will help you concentrate.