Establishing a Successful Study Routine at the Start of the School Year

Establishing a Successful Study Routine at the Start of the School Year


The beginning of the school year brings about a lot of different feelings for students. Some students approach the fall with excitement, anticipation, and a great deal of motivation, while others face the upcoming school year with a bit of dread. No matter where you are on the scale, doing your best to maintain a positive attitude and establish some good habits in the fall will go a long way when it comes to your overall success and satisfaction throughout the year.

Regardless of the type of student you have been in the past, it is most effective to establish good habits at the start of the new school year, rather than try to play catchup later in the year. If you find that your study routine is a little too much to handle or you don’t need as much study time, you can always loosen the reigns later on, but it’s much harder to tighten up your habits when you’re already used to less than ideal study habits. Here are a few ways to establish a successful study routine this fall so that you can stick with it and achieve all your academic goals this school year.

Establish a Study Area

Since you’re attending an online school, you likely already have a place in your home where you do your schoolwork. It’s great to be consistent with your study locations because it can help you concentrate and stay organized. You may need a study area that is separate from your normal schoolwork area, and that’s fine, but be sure to establish a set study area early in the year. When you sit down in that area, you’ll know that it’s time to get to work.

Set Goals

Setting realistic, achievable goals is hugely significant when it comes to improving yourself personally and academically. Set goals that you can measure, such as study for 10 hours each week or get a 90 or above on every test this year. When you write down and speak your goals out loud, you’re more likely to accomplish them. Seeing your goals in writing will also give you something tangible and specific to work towards, rather than just aiming to improve your grades or study harder.

Stay Organized

Disorganization is a productivity killer. Even if you’re not bothered by a mess normally, it can be hugely distracting while you’re trying to study. It can also be frustrating when you’re trying to study and can’t find a clean spot on your desk or can’t find a specific paper you’re looking for. Keep your physical space organized, as well as your computer files, and your study time will be more effective.

Study Daily

This may seem overwhelming, but you’re more likely to remember things you hear in class when you review them on your own in the same day. Your everyday studying doesn’t have to be super intensive, but you should look over your notes from class, make a note of any questions you have, and make sure you understand what you discussed that day.