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Top 6 Student Study Tips

One massive part of being a student is taking the responsibility to keep on top of your studies, making study tips to help with concentration, productivity, and all of those important things, so highly sought after by university-goers. Studying in the UK means you can expect a meaty workload and plenty of independent learning. 

 

As a place that has been called ‘home’ by so many past and present students in Norwich, the team at Shoemakers knows a thing or two about studying – what works and some of the challenges that can get in the way of effective learning.

 

It’s for these reasons that we have decided to put together this comprehensive guide packed full of study tips, effective ways to study, and different ways to increase productivity for students. Feel free to take what you learn here away with you to start introducing some effective study techniques into your student life experience

Study Tip #1 Identify Your Learning Style

No two students are the same and this is reflected in how you choose to study. Indeed there are usually several ways of learning something new, but we’d wager that you, like everyone else, have a preferred way of learning. This is called your learning style.  

 

The main different learning styles are:

  • Visual – You like to learn through visuals.
  • Kinesthetic – You prefer to learn through physical movement. 
  • Auditory – You like to learn by listening and talking. 
  • Reading and Writing – You learn better by reading and writing. 
  • Solitary – You prefer to learn solo. 

 

Understanding what your learning style is is perhaps the best study tip you can give a budding student. By finding yours, you can stop wasting valuable time by attempting to study in different ways and solely focus on the one way you study best. 

 

Below, we will run through some of the best study methods for each of these learning styles, so you can start studying more effectively. 



Create a Haven for Learning

 

Where you’ll be living as a student plays a big part in your overall learning experience. How so? Remember that your student accommodation is your own space where a lot of studying and independent learning will take place. 

 

In the following sections, we’re going to look at effective study methods for each type of learning style, but before getting to that, here’s another tip (call it Study Tip #1.5): turn your room – or wherever you study – into a learning haven that works in tune with your unique learning style. For example, if you’re more of a solitary learner, try setting up your studio apartment or bedroom in a way that supports independent learning. For kinesthetic learners, be sure to give yourself plenty of floor space, allowing you to move around freely during study. 



Best Study Methods for Visual Learners

  • Use colour coding for your notes and learning resources 
  • Create mind maps and charts to absorb information 
  • Use flashcards to provide some visual stimulation to your notes 
  • Watch educational videos instead of reading 
  • Visually brainstorm by creating concept maps 



Best Study Methods for Kinesthetic Learners 

  • Invest in a standing desk to be able to work standing up
  • Use roleplaying to grasp new concepts 
  • Utilise stationery, such as highlighters and sticky notes to help take in information 
  • Provide an outlet for excess energy by incorporating exercise into your studies 
  • Get creative with how you approach new learning – use a whiteboard or try storyboarding



Best Study Methods for Auditory Learners

  • Use an audio recorder to record lectures and your notes 
  • When reading from resources, read aloud 
  • Join study groups to listen and talk to others 
  • Remember facts better through word association 
  • Repeat notes/answers you need to memorise with eyes closed – focus on your voice



Best Study Methods for Reading and Writing Learners

  • Physically write down things you need to remember 
  • Rewrite what you have learnt in your own words to understand it better 
  • Put up revision flashcards where you can easily and regularly read them 
  • Write explanations of visual, auditory or Kinesthetic concepts, such as taking notes while watching an educational video 
  • Highlight, annotate and organise to keep on top of all written notes



Best Study Methods for Solitary Learners

  • Prioritise independent learning activities 
  • Track your study progress through journaling or a checklist 
  • Create a solo studying haven – make sure you’re comfortable in this space and have access to everything you need 
  • Employ the use of earplugs or headphones to keep focused on studying 
  • Plan out your study time by setting goals and targets 

Study Tip #2 Create a Concrete Study Routine

When searching for effective ways to study, another invaluable tip is to create a study routine, but not just any study routine – one that works for you. With a structured study routine, students can stay in control of all aspects of their learning. This keeps you organised and avoids instances where you may be scrambling to get work done. 

 

Remember those class timetables in primary and high school? Well, consider your study routine kind of like this. However, instead of just tracking what you will be learning and when, track everything that affects your studying. Such as:

  • Lectures 
  • Tutoring sessions 
  • Assignments 
  • Study time 
  • Personal time 

 

By creating a study routine that encompasses all of the above, you’re setting yourself up for maintaining a consistent process to getting your studies in. Within this study routine, you can go a step further and include extra assets, including task prioritisation, setting goals, and planning in regular breaks to avoid dreaded burnout. 


As mentioned above, this study routine should work across all the environments you’re used to studying in, from the classroom to your student home. Of course, the classroom and lecture halls will have everything needed to enrich your studies. So it’s important that your home also provides the essentials. For instance, at Shoemakers Court, all of the rooms in our apartments and penthouses include a dedicated study area complete with a desk and chair, USB ports, fast WiFi, and plenty of storage. 

Study Tip #3 Notes Are King

Taking notes is a huge factor and could be the study technique that decides if you will succeed or underperform, which is what we don’t want to happen. Mastering the art of note-taking and using this art form wherever applicable is one of the best study methods we could recommend. 

 

As a student, you know better than most the difference between passive listening and active learning. And the best way to ensure you’re always actively learning is through actively taking notes. For example, during lectures or seminars, instead of simply listening to what is being said, make notes to help absorb that valuable information. Without doing this, you can fall into the trap of information going in one ear and out the other. 

 

And for when you’re studying alone or in a small group in a private location, employ the technique of note-taking. Making notes doesn’t just have to be annotating text with the odd word, or summarising whole concepts in a few, easy-to-follow lines. There are multiple forms of note-taking, such as mind mapping if you’re more of a visual learner, or coming up with abbreviations and using symbols to remember important facts, or if you’re an auditory learner, invest in a voice recorder or use the microphone app on your phone to record voice notes.

Study Tip #4 The Textbook is Your Ally

  • Even in the digital age of today, the mighty textbook still remains one of the main resources used by students, so it makes sense for our fourth study tip to relate to this. We get it, learning from a textbook isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially the thickest of educational books filled with new concepts and deep topics. 


    With that being said, textbooks can be conquered to get as much information out of them as possible. Here are some effective study techniques for learning from a textbook:

    • Learn how to skim-read chapters to get through content faster while also retaining what you have read
    • Identify the key concepts that make up a topic or concept in textbook chapters 
    • Use your note-taking prowess and challenge yourself by summarising the main ideas of a textbook in your own words

    As important as it is to learn how to use textbooks effectively for studying, remember that textbooks are not the only resources at your disposal. You also have:

    • E-books 
    • Educational videos and video lectures
    • Podcasts 
    • Online study guides 
    • Digital articles

Study Tip #5 Engage in Active Learning Study Techniques

We’ve briefly touched on active learning above when discussing the different learning styles. Active learning provides a different way to study as opposed to solo studying at your desk or taking in information at lectures. Some other, more active, study methods promote important study aspects such as critical thinking. 

 

Active learning promotes the action of taking a more involved approach to learning. Some popular active learning techniques include quizzing yourself or a group of students quizzing one another; using flashcards to retain useful information; being the teacher and testing yourself; and summarising what you have learnt in your own words. 

 

An effective way to study through active learning is to form study groups with classmates. By doing this, you can unite in your shared goal of studying effectively. By discussing or debating topics being learned, you can open yourself up to different perspectives you may have yet to think of on your own. A group study session also allows students to share resources and notes – this also has the bonus of making strong connections with classmates and even possibly becoming friends. 

 

Adding to this, a great benefit of living in shared student accommodation, such as a student apartment, is that you can form study groups with housemates. Sure, you may not be taking the same subjects, but some students can study more effectively with company; sometimes, it’s just nice to study with others. Plus, a housemate who doesn’t study your subject may be able to offer some outside perspectives you – or anyone in your class – hadn’t thought of. 

Study Tip #6 Prioritise Your Wellbeing

To finish off our list of study tips, we wanted to end with a big one, and that is when studying, to prioritise your wellbeing. It’s easy for students to get caught up in their studies and as a result, dismiss their own happiness. It’s been proven time and time again that maintaining a healthy lifestyle enriches the possibility of academic success. 

 

Feel free to consider this article as a reminder that, between your studies, you are also:

  • Getting enough sleep 
  • Eating well 
  • Staying hydrated 
  • Scheduling regular breaks 
  • Relaxing in some well-earned downtime 
  • Going out to let off steam 
  • Seeing friends and family 
  • Pursuing hobbies 


That ends our list of top study tips for students. If you’re studying in Norfolk and are searching for accommodation for the next academic year, visit the Shoemakers website and book a viewing!