Between kindergarten and 12th grade, students are expected to develop the necessary study skills to complete their assignments and manage their time. Unfortunately, these skills aren’t taught explicitly. With the rise of virtual education, parents and teachers can help students improve their self-sufficiency by directly teaching them these skills.

Whether in high school or going back to college, juggling your studies and other responsibilities can be challenging. Here are some study tips that can help you succeed.

Eliminate Distractions

Although there are many options when choosing a home for virtual learning, students should consider their personal devices’ potential to distract them. For instance, if notifications constantly appear on their phones, they should turn them off. They can also place their phones away from their desk if they are tempted to use them.

Noise-free headphones or cheap foam earmuffs can help prevent non-virtual distractions like noise. Charting your students’ most common sources of distraction can help them become more aware of their obstacles and take on more active roles in their studies.

Don’t Multitask

According to a 2012 article by Junco, multitasking does not improve efficiency and negatively affects results. To be more productive, students should eliminate all forms of distractions from their study sessions. Some of these include social media, web surfing, and texting.

Studies have shown that multitasking can negatively affect a student’s learning ability. They can also increase the time needed to complete their studies and decrease the quality of their learning.

Plan Breaks

If students constantly find themselves in disarray, they might need a break. According to studies, taking a break can help reinvigorate students and allow them to return to their studies with renewed concentration.

It may sound counterintuitive, but scheduled breaks positively impact learning and studying habits. This method ensures that the pause doesn’t get interrupted and that they return to their work. According to Willingham, there’s no need to follow the Pomodoro technique’s specific time allotments.


Getting enough sleep is very important for a healthy and balanced body. It can help prevent the urge to stay up late to finish your work. Students (and educators) must remember that a good night’s sleep is critical for learning.