Studying for an MHA is not easy. There is a variety of materials students must learn in order to receive their degrees and find success in the health care industry. However, the students that strategize their studying will have less stress, more success and find that the path to attaining the all-important MHA degree is much easier than anticipated. All you need to do is follow these 10 tips to study your way to an A.
Change Your Location. It is so easy to succumb to boredom when you’re studying, especially if you aren’t in the mood to study in the first place. Changing your location helps keep your mind fresh and ready to learn, which of course will reduce your study time.
Learn to Enjoy the Material. Don’t view the material as a chore that you must slog through to get to the prize at the end. Look at it as an opportunity to hone the skills that you will need to succeed in the future. It will open the door to opportunities you didn’t know existed.
Don’t Cram. There is a difference between memorization and learning and you want to learn. Thus, we are going to tell you what millions of professors have been telling their students the first day of class. Don’t attempt to learn everything the night before a test. Instead, space out the material you need to learn over a few days so you can take the time to truly learn and retain the information.
Study Less. Yes, study less, but not what you think. Sitting down to study for hours at a time is not productive. Study fatigue is real and will prevent you from learning any material once it happens to you. Every student is different, but study until you feel like you aren’t retaining the material and then take a break. Breaks are important to maintaining your study sanity and success. It is useless to study for two hours if you only remember the first 30 minutes of your study session. Take breaks and take them often to maximize your learning.
Vary the Material. If you are struggling with a certain concept, but it down and focus on studying another concept. Change is what will keep your interest and prevent you from falling into the boredom trap. Change it up and your brain will thank you for it.
Enjoy Your Space. Where would you rather study, a dank, windowless room or an airy, light-filled space? We’re no psychics, but we think the latter option will garner 100% of the vote. Your mood will greatly improve when you are in comfortable surroundings that you enjoy. As we all know, sometimes all you need is a positive attitude to put you on the right path.
Bring Snacks. Studying on an empty stomach or very full stomach is asking for trouble. The former will cause you to become distracted by your growling stomach while the latter will make you choose between sleep and passing a test. Bringing snacks will help stave off hunger and gluttony so you can keep your energy up to study.
Translate the Material. Translate the material into something easy for you to understand. Reducing the material down into your personal layman’s terms will help you learn faster and retain information.
Know the Professor’s Expectations. Knowing what your professors expect can give you a huge leg up in the grades department. Reading the syllabus and concentrating your studies on your professors’ notes is the secret to acing your classes.
Buddy Up. Having a studious friend to study with can teach you new study habits and open up new methods of seeing the same material with fresh eyes. However, make sure that your study buddies are serious about studying and not just getting together to while away the time.
Strategizing your study tips will help you sail through your MHA program with flying colors. All you need to do is follow ten easy tips to make it happen.