IntroductionImproving your interpersonal skills is critical for success at work and in your personal life. It’s one of the most critical soft skills to learn, yet it can be a challenge to develop. Fortunately, there are some simple study techniques that can help you build stronger relationships with others. I’ve put together this list based on my own experience and what has worked for me in the past—I’d love to hear about your study tips as well!
Change your environment.
- Change your environment.
- Find a quiet, distraction-free place to study, preferably somewhere that is warm and comfortable. If you have access to a library or other quiet space on campus, use it! If not, try setting up camp in your own room with some pillows and blankets–you’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to concentrate when there aren’t any distractions around you.
Get away from distractions.
- Get away from distractions.
- Do not study in bed or on the couch. You’ll feel too comfortable and want to fall asleep, or you’ll get distracted by your phone or other things lying around your house.
- Don’t study in front of the TV–it’s easy to get distracted if there’s something interesting happening on screen (which there usually is).
- Don’t study where there are lots of people around who might talk loudly with each other while you’re trying to concentrate, like at a coffee shop or restaurant where everyone seems focused on their own conversations rather than yours.
Take notes by hand.
- Take notes by hand.
- Handwritten notes are more memorable than typed ones. When you write something down, it’s more likely to stick in your mind because of the physical connection between the act of writing and the idea being recorded. The act of physically writing out a concept helps cement it in your memory, so when you review your notes later on, they’ll be easier to recall than if they were just written on a computer screen or smartphone app.*
- Handwritten notes can be reviewed anywhere–even without an internet connection! This is especially helpful if you’re traveling or commuting via public transportation where WiFi may not be available (or too slow). If all else fails, try using an old-fashioned pen-and-paper notebook instead of relying solely on digital devices.*
- The ability to review handwritten material anywhere makes handwritten study guides especially useful during exams: simply photocopy some pages from one section at random before turning them into flashcards; then test yourself by flipping through those cards while studying another subject area later on.*
Use flashcards to study and practice key terms and concepts.Flashcards are an efficient way to learn key terms and concepts. If you’re studying for an exam, use flashcards to practice testing yourself. Ask yourself questions about the material, then write down your answers on the back of each card. If you’re preparing for a job interview or presentation, try using this method: as soon as possible after reading something important in your textbook or from another source (like a blog), write down everything that comes to mind regarding this topic in one sentence or less on a blank index card–and then do so again 10 minutes later! This will help ensure that nothing is forgotten over time; plus it allows us all sorts of opportunities for reflection later on when reviewing these notes with friends who may have different perspectives than ours do about certain topics under discussion.”
Break down tasks into small, manageable steps.
- Break down tasks into small, manageable steps.
- The importance of breaking down tasks into small, manageable steps.
- Examples of tasks that can be broken down into small, manageable steps.
- The importance of setting goals before starting any task
Develop a study routine and stick to it!You’ll have a much easier time studying if you have a plan for the day. Figure out when and where you’re going to study, and stick with it! You might also want to set aside some time for breaks. A good rule of thumb is: if your brain feels tired, take a break! Your body needs rest too!
Never underestimate the power of these simple study techniques!Here are some of the best study techniques for improving your interpersonal skills:
- Take breaks from studying. It’s important to take breaks during your study sessions, as this can help you maintain focus and prevent burnout. Try going outside or doing something else unrelated to schoolwork for a while before returning back to it!
- Don’t cram all night before an exam–it doesn’t work! Instead, start studying early in the morning (or even earlier) so that you have time on Saturday or Sunday night when most other people are out partying instead of studying (and then regretting their decision).