7 Effective Studying Habits of Highly Successful Students

One common mindset held by students is that the harder the subject is, the more time you need to devote to it to excel. However, research has shown that highly successful students actually spend less time studying than their peers! Instead of trying to cram everything into their heads by any means, these students take the time to figure out the best methods that work for them and put their wholehearted energy into utilizing these for optimal results, making them 40% more productive than their peers. 

At EduPivot, we firmly believe that students should develop good studying habits to enable them to excel in their studies. Check out some of their highly effective study habits below!

Do The Bare Minimum Right

This does not mean submitting your assignments with nothing but your name written on it!  Create a routine and space that allows you to focus without distractions in class or during personal study periods. This gives you a good chance of grasping a topic or subject well when you first learn it. Put aside a sufficient amount of time to purposefully go over any doubts you have and clarify them. Doing the bare minimum well means doing what’s necessary to ensure that you don’t waste precious time cramming and rereading content with little to no learning outcome.

Distribute Your Practice

Instead of trying to go through mountains of information on a subject at one go, try breaking it down into content that can be reviewed over several short sessions for a prolonged period of time. Devote a small amount of time each day to bite-size servings of a single subject. Not only does this technique prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things you have to study, research has shown that it helps to improve memory retention in the long run!

Mix It Up!

The key to perfection is NOT mindless repetition. Instead of rereading the same notes for the same topic over and over again, try to mix in bits and pieces from other topics or subjects. Also paraphrase what you know about a topic and reflect on it without constantly referring to your textbooks for given definitions. Besides strengthening your understanding of one topic, these steps will allow you to draw connections across different spheres of learning and give you a holistic understanding of the theory and application of a subject matter.

Make Good Use of Your Time

When teachers provide extra classes after school hours, make sure you attend them! Often, teachers would not be teaching new content during these extra classes. Instead, they may use these classes to reiterate the content they covered in class previously, or they would be offering opportunities for students to clear their doubts by asking questions. Although these classes may not have been made compulsory, attending them would help to further strengthen your knowledge of the subject. Therefore, instead of thinking that attending extra classes is taking up your time, make good use of them! 

Additionally, you can make good use of the time that you have before your co-curricular activity starts, or the duration of time where you are travelling home from school. Read a few pages of your textbooks or look through the mistakes that you have made on your previous test. Although there would not be enough time for you to learn as much as if you were to sit down and study consistently, you are still absorbing knowledge and learning from your mistakes. Remember, every second counts!

Have Sufficient Rest 

In order for our brain to absorb and retain information more efficiently, we need to rest. Get enough sleep everyday and prevent pulling an all-nighter. Furthermore, a study done in 2014 found that sleeping after you learn something new leads to physical changes in the brain. The moment the brain registers itself as being sleep-deprived, it stops retaining new information. The psychologist Nicolas Dumay determined that getting enough sleep not only protects our brains from forgetting memories, it also helps us in recalling them! The next time you find yourself struggling to retain new information, consider putting an end to your study session and get a good nap! 

Study With Peers

Some successful students do not simply study on their own. They study with their peers and help them out with their studies too! By studying with your peers, you can exchange notes with one another, discuss important information, and support one another. Furthermore, when your peers voice out their problems, you might realise that you are encountering the same problem as well — allowing you to gain an insight as to what you do not understand and need to improve on. Helping your peers understand and solve their problems also prompts you to go through the content again, enhancing your knowledge and memory. Studying with your peers can also serve as a motivation for you to study. Make it an effort to agree on a day or two to study after school with your peers. This way, it reduces the chance for procrastination — increasing productivity.  

Don’t Give Up!

You have been staring at your notes for 30 minutes, but nothing seems to be going into your head. You keep getting a certain question wrong no matter how many times you revisit and correct your mistakes — it’s frustrating. I understand how you feel, but don’t give up! Seek help if you need to. Take a break and try to clear your mind off of your worries and frustrations. Keep on trying and use positive affirmations on yourself. Instead of saying “I can’t do it”, try saying “I can do it, I just need to put in more time and effort”. Obstacles are often present when it comes to studying. They are part of our learning process and it is important that you learn to tackle them instead of letting them take control of you. 


Long hours of studying with not much information going into your head can be extremely mentally exhausting, causing you to feel overwhelmed and dread the idea of studying. However, with effective studying habits, you will slowly slip into the flow of studying, making your study process much more efficient and productive! Follow these 7 tips and I am sure your study habits will improve! 

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