Life is full of distractions and sometimes, students are not able to study without them. At other times, students are naturally distracted and can even struggle with ADD (attention deficit disorder). Learning how to study on the go provides counsel on how to effectively study despite the numerous tasks that life brings.

Tip #1: Make the Task Definite

Before a student can manage a task, he or she must know the nature of the task. Sit down and set out in writing what the learning task is. It could be, for example, a biology exam on Darwinian evolution. In setting out the task, be sure to understand the expectations of the professor for the exam. Often, this may require going to the professor rather than just asking a classmate for help. Failure to properly understand the task will negatively affect the final exam and grade.

Tip #2: Divide and Conquer

Once the task has been established, break the task up into smaller tasks. For example, a student who has a comprehensive final exam on Darwinian evolution may start by reviewing the basic information regarding the life of Charles Darwin and his journey to the Galapagos Islands. The second week may consist of reviewing Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species. Break the task into many pieces and do not attempt to juggle multiple smaller tasks at once.

Tip #3: Prepare an Effective Study Area

Effective labor mandates an effective environment. The student who needs to start studying Darwin and Darwinian evolution should not go to the coffee shop (for example) to review for the exam. The coffee shop may have too much loud noise and conversation. Instead, the best place to study would be the library, where the student is able to gather his or her thoughts and review the material without being distracted. With the contemporary pace of life, students must maximize their study opportunities and accomplish as much as they can in as little time as possible. Studying in the coffee shop may not be conducive to this goal.

Tip #4: Get Started, No Matter What

Even in the effective environment, the student must make an effort to get down to business and get the work done. The student should remind himself or herself that diligent study results in a good final exam grade as well as a satisfying, unforgettable intellectual experience.

Tip #5: Constantly Evaluate

One way to remain calm in the studying process and build confidence in the work is to constantly evaluate the progress of the effort itself. How far has the student progressed in his or her exam review in just two weeks? Has the student nailed down the life of Charles Darwin, his accomplishments and failures? If not, has he or she found a connection between Darwin’s life and his book? Has she discovered an area of Darwin’s evolutionary theory that is confusing? Failure to evaluate progress will only increase stress and frustration.

The tips provided above are useful in learning how to study on the go. Nevertheless, the greatest tip for learning how to study on the go is life itself. Students will not always have ideal situations in which to study; sometimes, a student might find himself or herself repeating the facts of Darwin’s life while sitting in the emergency room all night with a friend. Nevertheless, more important than location is the personal commitment and dedication to the task.

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