If you feel like you want to unlock your potential or you are out of ideas on how to study efficiently, take a look at the following ideas.
Preparing for the class
Find your syllabus before starting the class or ask your professor for it. This little effort will improve your understanding of the lecture and you will be less bored and absent. Armed with knowledge, you can ask your professor pertinent questions, that can deepen your analysis of the subject and put the matter into more fascinating perspectives.
Moreover, as it often happens when we are first introduced to a subject, we tend to ask questions that seem obvious after a first read of the course or text and we overlook what we actually do not understand.
How to do it: Read the course if it was made available by the professor beforehand and try as much as you can to understand it. If there are any parts that prove to be a bit difficult, just write them down and ask your professor about them. This also applies to the texts that were a suggested read.
Read as much as you can
This is a good piece of advice not only for literature students but for everybody. And there is scientific proof that reading is healthy. The immediate effect that you will notice is the development of your vocabulary and your ability to speak clearly and communicate efficiently.
Moreover, through reading, you are exposed to many new subjects and ideas, so your imagination will develop, as well as your critical thinking.
How to do it: Read at your own pace, be relaxed and pay attention to what you read. The main goal of reading is to understand the texts. Ask yourself questions and write down the most important aspects.
Participate in the class-debates or discussions
Taking part in any class discussion will broaden your perspective on the subject and will keep you far away from every distraction. Furthermore, it will make you more articulated and your fear of speaking in public will slowly start to disappear.
How to do it: Get out of your comfort zone. Follow the class rules and do not interrupt the speaker. It is always good to support your ideas with arguments and ask thoughtful questions.
As mentioned in the previous points, writing down the most important information and the questions you have will help you tremendously. Moreover, trying to write your own thoughts on paper will help you express yourself. Not to mention that exams will seem a lot easier.
How to do it: Set aside time for this task on a regular basis. Read and research prior to writing your text and use your notes to create a plan. Concentrate on writing compelling arguments that are supported by your research.
Be creative with your learning
Learning together with other students will transform the studying process into a fun activity. You can imagine all kinds of quizzes, competitions with prizes or/and inoffensive punishments.
At the same time, you can go to the theatre or see a movie based on the book to get a better grip on the subject. If you and your group of friends are creative enough, you can also put on a theatre play or a parody.
Most of the suggestions above involve a lot of practice, but the initial effort will pay off after a semester and will come in handy in various life situations. And as mentioned before, your chances of getting hired or promoted at work will increase considerably.