How To Be A Better Learner

For international students, going to university or college can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle. Moving to a new country. Experiencing a new culture. Getting to grips with a new way of learning. A lot of people don’t realise that learning how to learn is a big part of getting a college education. All over the world, we’re taught to make arguments and write essays differently.

What a lot of people don’t realise is that committing to an academic education, in a different country or language, involves far more than just regurgitating the answers in a textbook. It’s a brand new way of thinking, speaking, writing and presenting. Developing good study habits is therefore one of the most important things that international students can learn to truly succeed alongside their peers. Luckily, we’ve compiled our top tips on how to be a better learner at university or college.

How to be a better learner

8 ways to study more effectively

  1. Make a plan for studying at a specific time each day.
  2. Don’t put off your scheduled study time unless absolutely necessary.
  3. Create a specific goal for each study session, such as memorising a specific range of information.
  4. Always begin each session by reviewing your notes from class.
  5. Study in groups regularly to help you remember more effectively.
  6. Keep any and all distractions away from you while you study.
  7. Begin each study session with the most difficult subject or topic so you stay focused.
  8. Stay sharp over the weekend with refresher study sessions.

Tips for more effective time management

  1. Create a dedicated study space to avoid having to wander in search of one.
  2. Prioritise your assignments based on due dates and complexity.
  3. Arrange your studying schedule with blocks of 45 minutes to an hour for each study session.
  4. Always schedule personal activities after your schoolwork to avoid conflicts or procrastination.
  5. Get sufficient sleep, eat right, and exercise. Being healthy helps maintain your focus, reducing wasted time.
  6. Work with a study group whenever possible to cover material faster.
  7. Create a support network of peers, faculty and advisers to turn to for instant help when you become frustrated or overwhelmed.
  8. Make sure you can be flexible with your schedule in case you run into trouble with any subject.

Check out our useful infographic

Special thanks to Fahd Albinali for providing us with this infographic. Fahd Albinali is an Arab-American blogger whose writings focus on the Islamic perspective on moral and social issues that face families in the West. A technologist by training, he works closely with IQRA Network to develop advanced online methods to teach Arabic and Quran.