Developing good study habits is essential to a students academic success, whether you are just starting your Veterinary Technician program or studying for the VTNE. Here are some tips that we discuss at OCVAS to help you develop good study habits:
- Set Goals and Make a Plan: Start by setting specific goals for what you want to achieve with your studying. This could be anything from getting an A on an assignment or passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Once you have your goals in mind, make a plan for how you will achieve them. Set aside dedicated study time each day, and make sure to prioritize your tasks according to their importance.
- Create a Productive Study Space: Having a designated study space that is free from distractions can help you stay focused and engaged while you work. Choose a space that is well-lit, comfortable, and quiet. Remove any potential distractions, such as your phone or social media accounts, television, and gaming systems, so that you can concentrate fully on your work.
- Stay Organized: Good study habits require a certain level of organization. Keep a planner or use your cell phone calendar to track deadlines and important dates, and create a to-do list to help you stay on track. Organize your notes, assignments, and study materials in a way that makes sense to you, such as by subject or topic.
- Take Breaks: Studying for long periods without taking breaks can lead to burnout and reduced productivity. Make sure to take regular breaks, ideally every 45-60 minutes, to rest your eyes and stretch your body. This can help you feel refreshed and more focused when you return to your work.
- Actively Engage with the Material: Passively reading through material is not an effective way to retain information. Instead, actively engage with the material by taking notes, summarizing key points, and asking questions. Try to apply what you are learning to real-world scenarios or connect it to previous knowledge to help cement it in your memory. Often times the best way to learn is to teach, grab a friend or loved one and teach them what you are learning about.
- Find a Study Group or Partner: Working with others can help you stay motivated and engaged with your studies. Join a study group for aspiring Veterinary Technicians or find a study partner to share ideas and discuss difficult concepts. This can also help you develop a deeper understanding of the material and identify areas where you need to improve.
- Practice Good Self-Care: Good study habits require good self-care habits. Make sure to eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Taking care of yourself can help you stay focused and alert during your study sessions!
Good luck, I hope these suggestions are helpful as you navigate your academic journey! You can also discover more good study habits here!