MotivationMotivation is your drive to do things. Studying may require focus and sacrifice such that an ability to create and sustain motivation is helpful.
DisciplineDiscipline is the ability to do the right thing even if you're not feeling particularly motivated. In most cases, talented students don't feel motivated to study so much as they have the discipline to study anyway.
First PrinciplesA first principle is a concept with broad explanatory power. The identification and learning of first principles is an important element of studying.
MasteryMastery is the process of understanding one thing well before you move on to the next thing. This is a good way to learn as missing a fundamental concept can cause a great deal of confusion as you progress to more advanced work.
Rote LearningRote learning is a process of repetition that is used to memorize information. For example, using flashcards to memorize the meaning of terms.
MnemonicsA mnemonic is a trick that you use to remember something. For example, an acronym that you create to remember a list of concepts.
CrammingCramming is the process of quickly jamming as many facts into your head as possible, often without fully absorbing the materials. Encouraged by the testing methods of many schools that request that students regurgitate information.
Design ThinkingDesign thinking is the process of using design to solve non-design problems. For example, redesigning your notes to better understand a set of concepts.
Attention SpanAttention span is the amount of time that an individual can focus.
EngagementEngaging in classwork by actively communicating with your teachers and peers tends to improve your results. For example, asking questions and socializing with other students in your class can help you to better absorb material. The opposite of engagement is being socially and mentally disconnected from the class such as daydreaming that you are somewhere else.
OptimismOptimism is the habit of viewing things and people in a positive light. This can be surprisingly motivating and useful to productivity. For example, a student who views a subject as thrilling and important may do better than a student who views the subject as boring and pointless.
Time ManagementTime management is the practice of using time well. This includes a large number of techniques that mostly come down to prioritizing and increasing your productivity per hour of work. not exceeding this time in order to sustain your efforts. For example, a student who strictly stops studying at night so that they can get a full night's sleep before a test as opposed to a student that stays up late to cram.
Mise En PlaceMise en place is the much touted practice of organizing your workspace in order to improve productivity. This tends to be a personality thing where some students are more productive in an organized study environment and others thrive with a messy desk.
ListeningListening with intent to understand.
Note-TakingNote-taking increases your engagement and absorption of information in class. In many cases, notes become an important study tool. In order to improve note-taking, capture as much information as possible including examples and carefully highlight anything that seems important. A skilled note-taker will try to read the teacher or lecturer to find hints of what information they view as critical.
Personal ResilienceThe ability to handle stress such as periods of intensive study and tests without a decline in your motivation, productivity and general state of mind.
Life SkillsBasic life skills such as eating well, sleeping, maintaining your health, exercising and cultivating social relationships are conductive to studying.
Goal PlanningEstablishing goals for your studies.
Planning & SchedulingPlanning your time so that you don't become overwhelmed. Generally speaking, studying early and often in a controlled fashion is better than a more panicked and reactive approach whereby you are struggling to complete things as they become due.
PrioritizationTime is limited and students will often have to prioritize such that important assignments or learning receive sufficient attention. This can mean that non-priority work is skipped or done very quickly.
ResearchResearch is the process of discovering and validating information.
Reading ComprehensionReading comprehension is the degree to which you understand what you are reading. This can be improved with practice and focus. It also helps to read with intent to understand.
CompositionThe ability to compose essays and other written works. This allows you to demonstrate what you have learned.
SynthesisThe ability to create using what you have learned. For example, the ability to make a paper airplane that goes a good distance after learning about the physics of lift, drag and gravity.
CollaborationThe ability to work with others on group work. Social skills such as influencing are useful in this context.
Critical ThinkingThe ability to develop an informed opinion and defend it.
ProofreadingThe process of refining your written work to improve its quality.
DebateA talent for arguing a position.
QuestioningThe process of asking relevant questions to discover knowledge and challenge ideas.
Computer LiteracyThe skills and knowledge required to use the requisite tools of your education.
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