There is no debate or controversy in the statement that the waystudents study affects their performance in examinations, as well asreflects in their final certificate. Instructor and professors acrossthe world agree that the study habits o f a student affects his orher performance significantly. Whereas it is well known that studyhabits affects the performance of students, there has been littleresearch or analysis of the study habits. Additionally, there hasalso been little research on the correlation between study habits andstudent performance (Muchnick, 2011). There are various study habitsthat are followed by students regardless of their college or level ofstudy. Taking notes, planning on how to study, reading in intervalsand setting goals for studying.
It is abundantly clear that one of the most successful studyinghabits is to make short notes after reading and reviewing the entireclass notes. Numerous students will make short notes for studyingwhich contain the main points. This is a habit that has beenapplauded by instructors and other education stakeholders. Theprimary focus of this studying habit is to grasp the main pointswithout struggling to read enormous amount of information (Muchnick,2011). It is also essential to note that the student increases his orher retention of main point through writing them down in the shortnotes. This is one of the best studying habits and students must beencouraged to make short notes of their class notes.
In order to study effectively, students must develop the habit ofplanning their study time ahead. It is essential to have specifictimes when one needs to study and also to specify the specific topicto be studied. Planning on how to study is key habit in learning andhelps students to organize their work and manage their timeefficiently. It ensures that there is no time wasted finding what tostudy (Muchnick, 2011). It is also worth stating that students areable to balance between the various subjects and hence performoptimally in all subjects. Research has indicated that learners havefavorite subjects and can therefore concentrate on such subjects mostof the times hence forget on other crucial subjects. The habit ofplanning on what to study helps to keep all subjects in balance.
One habit that is common amongst almost all learners is goal settingfor their studies. All learners have the tendency of setting theirtarget scores in school. This is study habit that encourages learnersto study hard for their examinations and to perform optimally andmeet their goals. Goal setting ensures that students remain focusedand work towards the achievement of their study time goals. Lastly,reading in intervals ensures that learners are not tired andunderstand the content fully. This is a habit that learners adoptwhere they study in intervals of one hour with 10 minutes breaksafter every session (Muchnick, 2011). The above discussed studyhabits can be categorized under the good reading habits. On thecontrary, there are a number of bad reading habits such as poor timemanagement, lack of planning, reading continuously for hours andreading in unfavorable environments with insufficient light and fullof noise.
In conclusion, it is clear from the paper that study habits doaffect the performance of students and there are various studyhabits. Most of the study habits such as planning, reading inintervals, taking notes and setting study time goals are positive orgood habits while other study habits such poor time management andcontinuous reading are viewed as bad reading habits (Muchnick, 2011).Students must embrace the good reading habits if they have to passtheir examinations.
Muchnick, C. C. (2011). The everything guide to study skills:Strategies, tips, and tools you need to succeed inschool!. Avon, Mass: Adams Media.