Study technique

When you study at University level you will experience high pressure when it comes to performance and achievements. In order to maintain a good health, it is important to develop a good study technique. Study technique is all about taking relevant notes, planning your study time and finding the right routines for you.

How to develop your study technique

Below you can find some practical advice for developing your study technique.

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Study together

If you schedule to meet a friend at the library, the probability is greater that you set aside time for the studies. When you study together with friends you have the opportunity to discuss what you have learned which makes the understanding process easier. You also get deeper knowledge when hearing someone else explain their perception of the text that you have also read.

Set inspiring goals

Set goals that makes you inspired and energised. Each goal should be so specific that it can be measured. For example, a long-term goal may be to visualize yourself on your dream job. A sub-goal can be to complete a course with a certain grade. To reach that goal you might decide to spend 3 hours a day for studies related to that specific course.

Get role models

Ask friends and acquaintances if they know someone who has done what you would like to do or who works with your dream job. Then your goal suddenly becomes realistic and possible to reach. You can also get tips from these role models on how you can work towards reaching your goal.

Study the Swedish way

Studying in Sweden might be a bit different compared to where you have been studying before. On this page you can read about some important parts of the Swedish education system which are good to be aware of in order to be successful during your studies with us.

Self-studies

In Sweden you are in charge of your own studies to a large extent. As a full-time student, we expect you to spend 40 hours per week studying. Not all of this time will be spent in class with a teacher, you also need to prepare for a lot of self-studies. We advise you to make study groups together with your classmates.

Teamwork

Working together with classmates from different cultures to solve a task or writing a paper is a part of your academic studies in Sweden. This might be challenging at times but will be a valuable experience when building your career.

Academic writing

In Sweden, we have set rules on how to write academic papers, where it is specifically important to reference sources of information in a correct way. When using another author’s text, this needs to be either rephrased or put into quotation marks. This way of writing can be quite complex in the beginning and we advise you to learn the system correctly at an early stage in your study period. There is support to get from the English language studio.

English language studio

Equality and critical thinking

Sweden is founded on democracy where everyone has the same right to give their opinion. This principle is present in all parts of the society and plays an important role in the academic world, where discussions are encouraged. Don’t be surprised if the teacher asks you for your opinion during class as this is a way of involving the students and developing critical thinking.

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How to handle procrastination

Procrastination is when you postpone things, although you know that this will have negative consequences in the long term. If you want to stop postponing your studies, below are some useful tips.

Procrastination is a learned behavior based on the fact that we react on unpleasant feelings (stress, lead, anxiety, etc.) by avoiding them. In a study situation, this often happens automatically in the moment we sit down with the books. Some of us have a personality which makes us more easily stuck in this behaviour.

Another circumstance that may partly explain a postponing behaviour is that studies in higher education is done independently to a large extent. It is your own responsibility if you show up during lectures, no one will check your presence. Hence, the risk of postponing in a study environment compared to a work environment is bigger.

A few tips for stopping procrastination

  • Get to know the excuses you use for yourself when you postpone things.
  • Learn to endure the discomfort – you can study even if you are not motivated.
  • Create structure in everyday life. Plan when to study and when not to.
  • Plan for short study sessions and clear breaks.
  • Make a reasonable planning. If you plan too much, the discomfort will increase and the risk of falling back into the progression will increase.
  • Set clear goals and reasonable deadlines.
  • Study with a friend. If you have agreed to meet a friend at the library, the chance that you actually go there is much bigger.
  • Reward yourself.
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If you need help planning your studies or finding better reading strategies, you can get guidance from Student Support. If procrastination is a recurring concern for you, you are welcome to contact the Student Healthcare Centre for advice.

Support with your study habits

Do you need help to develop good study habits? Register to one of the support sessions where we will provide you with some advice on how to get into effective study habits for university studies.

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2020-02-24

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