‘Hard work is the key to success’ sounds like an old saying, right? People are talking about smart studying nowadays. Well, smart work is an extension or you can call it an improved form of hard work. Just to mention, hard work is still in the picture. It is just that the methods have changed a little bit. In today’s fast-tracked world, people have more things to do and less time. So smart work is just developed as a technique to overcome the barriers of completing complex tasks in a relatively lesser period of time. 

Students who follow smart studying habits score relatively higher in school and are thought to be more intelligent. So how do they do this? This is not very complex. Here is how you can study smartly and be an excellent student. 

All the focus at one place

The first and foremost requirement of smart studying is to put all the focus in one place. if you are studying for one hour, you should be having no other thought except for studying in that hour. It is not that you have placed a cake to be baked and now you are studying until it is prepared. No two tasks being done parallel can be perfectly completed. So, keep your focus on one thing until you are done with it.

Zero or minimum distractions

Distractions can be outside and inside. Outside distractions are your phone, noisy kids in your home, or video games, or any technology that is grabbing your attention. Inside distractions are your thoughts about some pending tasks, uncertainty about an idea, or anything that is keeping you from giving all your attention to the studies. You either have to remove these distractions or move away from them if you really want to study smartly.

Study for particular periods with breaks in between

The planned study is also an integral part of smart studying. You do not have just to start studying and see where it goes. Instead, make a time table, set a particular time of constant studying with breaks in between. Also, set certain targets to be reached during each period. This helps you to utilize all your effort onto reaching that target in the set intervals. 

Study in order of priority

Smart studying means giving priority to the tasks that are most important. So, study in order or priority. The topics that are most crucial to exams should be completed first. Also, the topics that were stressed upon by the professor should be given consideration. When you complete such topics, in the beginning, you feel less stressed, more accomplished, and have more time to revise them in the end. This increases your chances to score high in that subject. 

Don’t get swayed away by the excess of information

When there is an excess of information related to one topic, this can also serve as a distraction. Sometimes, you start a topic and are unable to complete it because you just cannot get over it as there is a lot to know about. Stick to a confined syllabus and only prepare the topics that are important for the time. If you love to know more and read about it, use your leisure time for it.

Using class notes

Smart working students give their notes utmost priority when preparing a subject. Because you have made your notes by yourself, it is the best thing to understand a concept. Along with that, it will take the minimum time to cover a topic through notes. Also, this way you can follow the guidelines of the professor. Smart working includes enhancing your chances of performing well in an exam and that is through preparing the relevant content most appropriately. So, notes are the best way to do it.

Using past papers

Past papers are a great way to increase the probability of performing great on the topics that are most likely to appear in exams. Even in exams like PPSC and CSS, you get a great deal of help from past papers. 

In short, smart studying is an effective studying habit through smart and most appropriate ways. The above mentioned are common things that are the best for smart studying. If you think there is another to study smartly, you should go for it if it works for you. Good luck!

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Ayesha Areej is a staff writer at The Academia Magazine

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