Study Habits to Increase Productivity and Learning Retention

While it may be impressive to study for hours on end, is it really necessary? These tips will keep your study session time-effective and keep your productivity high.


Make a Work Plan

Know the scope of your work beforehand so you spend the right amount of time on each portion. For topics that you feel more comfortable with, spend less (not none, but less) time on them. Conversely, portion more time to challenging topics.

Spaced Repetition

When pacing through flash cards, for example, it is better to practice a card and come back to the same card within a few minutes. After about seven repetitions, the brain should have had enough exposure to remember the material. Software such as Anki flashcards might be useful for these type of activities.

Work Out Loud

Research has shown multi-sensory learning, that is, learning with multiple senses at once, is more effective than single-sensory learning. For example, reading out loud (visual, auditory, and verbal) leads to better learning than reading silently (visual only).

Work in Bursts

Rather than marathoning through a 3-hour study session, break it off into smaller work sessions. Try for 15-25 minute work periods, with 15 minutes of break in between 2-3 sets. So, :00-:25 Topic 1 :25-:50 Topic 1b :50-1:05 Break 1:05-1:30 Topic 1 1:30-1:55 Topic 1b; end topic 1/1b 1:55-2:55 Break; restart cycle with new topic 


Keep away from distractions such as social media – content blockers may work well if you find yourself wandering back.


Frequently self-test for information retention while reading. Ask yourself after each section, “What did I just read?” If you find your eyes merely skimming over the words, re-focus. You don’t want to waste time re-reading! And remember to take notes.


Ready to take your learning to the next level? Contact AHCS Tutoring!

Habits of the Effective Student

Those students that tend to rise to the tops of their classes have a few academic characteristics in common. By sharing them with you, we hope to help take your performance to the next level!

Highly effective students…



Students that contribute to class discussion, either by commenting on class material or asking questions that…

extend beyond the presented material, are much better at remembering and synthesizing information. Effective students are able to make connections to the wider world, a process of integrated learning. While all these learning processes are taking place, they…

take organized notes. Students that have a systemic way of documenting information are much better at recalling what they’ve learned. This allows them to…



Top ranking students will tell you how important it is that they get started on projects early and draft and outline essays. Having an idea of where a paper is going before delving into it gives students a sense of confidence and ease as they write and formulate their projects. Having enough time before a deadline gives these students more time to edit, revise, and…



Some of humanity’s most brilliant thinkers were also avid readers. They appreciate learning for learning’s sake. Reading opens up people to worlds of new subjects, ideas, and patterns of thinking from this age and those of antiquity. Such learning also promotes extracurricular practice and experiment. Even outside of the classroom, top performers put their knowledge to use through clubs like quiz bowl, debate team, or mathletes. Groups of young academics are great resources to…


Seek supports

Studying in groups is a sure way to bounce ideas off one another and get questions answered more quickly – just as long as you all stay on topic! After it is all said and done, highly effective students often have a strong support system behind them: teachers, parents, extended family, and utilize their school’s academic and career resources center. In addition, they often seek resources such as tutoring to sharpen their abilities. 


Do you want to become a more effective scholar? Contact AHCS Tutoring to evaluate your current study habits and let one of our tutors elevate your method!

Tutoring: First Steps

When you contact AHCS for tutoring services, there are a few responses you’ll want to provide:


For which grade level and subject(s) are you requesting assistance?

Relatively straightforward. For adult learners (continuing education), we may accomodate specialized subject materials.


What are your objectives for study?

Provide more details about your academic situation: in which areas have you had success? Can you describe why you struggle in particular areas? Have you utilized any other resources outside of the classroom, and to what effect? The more we know about why you’re seeking tutoring services, the better we can accomodate your needs.


What is your preferred study environment?

Would you rather a tutor help you study at home or would you rather meet at a cafe or library? In any case, be prepared with assigned homework, handouts, textbook, and any related course material.

We strive to create a calm, comfortable learning environment at each study session. To that end, we ask that you limit distractions from other family members (no interruptions, please), and technological devices, unless otherwise approved.


Want to make a group?

Bring a friend or two to study with and you’ll all enjoy a discounted group rate.


How often would you like to study?

We reccomend study appointments at consistent intervals, not just before tests, so that the brain has adequate resources to process learning material. Typically students choose packages that allow for 2-4 study sessions per week. An AHCS tutoring representative can assist you with choosing the right package for your schedule and needs.

Seeking Tutoring Services

Need higher grades? Want stronger lesson comprehension? Having difficulty with your course’s slow pace? Whichever your case may be, know that it is admirable to seek out extra support as you attempt to progress academically. One benefit of AHCS Tutoring is that our services consider the full circumstance of your development. We do our best to understand and tailor to your personal learning style. Another benefit is that we consider your growth, which can be a relief for those of us with catching up to do. With us, you’ll have a compassionate, process-driven tutor that will walk with you each step of the way. Get ready to be challenged – we elevate our students to the next level. Let us serve you! Contact us today for scheduling and pricing.


Elementary/Secondary Subjects

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Mathematics (Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Trigenometry, Calculus)


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Test-taking Strategies