Are you a student? Are you a teacher? Are you someone who simply just loves to read and get the most out of it? Well then, these tips are for you. After all, with so many distractions, it is tough for people to even sit down to do any type of mind-building reading. But what if you had a space that was attractive, comfortable, and conducive to this type of reading and/or studying?
It is possible!
First of all, you know that study requires that you use all your mental faculties in a precise consideration of the subject you are trying to comprehend. In that case, you need an environment that will allow you to use your mind well and without distraction. Every time you study, you need to spend at least as much time actually reading as you do meditating on what you read. That’s where the real “study” part applies here.
So, here are the steps to take to get into the right comfort zone for this mind-building activity!
1) Lay everything out. This includes any books or other publications, your writing utensil such as pen, pencil, highlighter, etc., and a writing tablet such as notebook or other paper.
2) Prepare your mind and heart. If you are studying the Bible, you will want to say a prayer, and if we are doing anything eels we want to prepare our mind by simply having the right attitude about our studying. If you are not in the right frame of mind to study, best not to do it at all!
a) Move yourself out of the way of any distractions. This may mean going in another room, putting earplugs in, or whatever it takes.
b) Get done all the things you need to do, if your mind tends to wander to all the things you have yet to do! That means you may need to put your studying to the end of the day when everything has settled down.
3) Make sure your lighting is right. Florescent lighting, while providing plenty of light, usually is not the most conducive to study. Find a warm light, perhaps a lamp, and sit close to it. Just make sure it exudes enough light for your precious eyes to be able to read in comfort and safety.
4) Sit in an upright position, at a table or else in a chair that is not “too comfortable” where you may feel like falling into a nap! If you choose to sit at perhaps a recliner, sit as straight as you can with perhaps a lap-table.
5) When you are studying, and you run across something you do not understand, jot it down for later or look it up right on the spot! This greatly adds to the pleasure of your study. But in this case, note point 7.
6) Instead of reading front to back or paragraph 1 to the last, take time in the beginning to preview what you are about to study. Flip through and look at the pictures, grasp the way the study material is set up, etc. Analyze the title and the subtitles. This will aid in your expectation and understanding of the material.
7) Ask yourself questions as you read, such as ‘What am I looking for?’ and ‘How does this benefit me?’ and ‘How could I explain this to someone else?’ See – studying is an entire way of life that we have to roll around in and get dirty!
8) With your highlighter or pencil, mark the answers. This helps to give direction to your studying, even if it is not ‘necessary’ to get the answers from your study.
9) Keep your main point in mind throughout your entire time of studying, so that you do not get too distracted.
10) When you are finished reading, take time to review everything you just went over, and see how well you are able to recall to memory all the points you’ve learned.
11) Do not rush! Like I said before, study needs to be a time you look forward to and relish!