Methods to study outside school

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Self studying, which involves studying without direct supervision or attendance in a classroom, is a valuable way to learn, and is quickly growing in popularity among students. By complementing formal education with home study, students can see a drastic improvement to grades, material understanding, and confidence.

Many students study at home to supplement their class-based learning. However, self study can also be used to master a new skill or learn an entirely new concept – like a language or an instrument. The benefits you can gain from self study are endless and are completely determined by yours and your child’s goals.

There are various self studying methods you can implement at home (whether they’re self study tips to complete solo or with you) that can bring about many educational benefits both in and out of school.


1. Have conversations with your home-stay family or roommates about what is being learned at school. Try explaining or teaching what you’ve learnt to other students. Additionally, the practice of teaching is known as one of the top ways to work towards grasping a concept!

2. Read books and articles on a topic of study, or interest. Whether this is in connection with a course, or just at your own leisure, encouraging yourself to read is a highly effective way to increase understanding of new concepts. Take a trip to the library, or invest in some classics on a topic to provide the best reading materials to self study.

3. Watch educational videos to keep yourself actively engaged in a concept. There are many tutorial videos that are intended for teaching people new skills, or educational shows aimed at complementing what students learn in school. Whether you are trying to learn another language, or figuring out how to conduct a science experiment, you can greatly benefit from the audio and visual walk-through.

4. Educational games are a  favourite when it comes to ways to study at home. There are many apps that you can access through your phone that promote learning in maths, English, and a variety of other courses. Or put the phone down and get hold of board games and card games that promote strategy and logic. Associate learning with fun.

5. Work through practice questions to reinforce skills that are learned at school while studying at home. Help hold your attention while working through the practice questions by incorporating games, rewards, and challenges. This will help you view the material in a new way, and reinforce what is learned in the classroom.


6. A study area is crucial for effective self studying. This might mean a home office, or a desk in the student’s bedroom. No matter where it is, it should include a tidy work space – free of clutter and distractions – with good lighting.

7. A computer is necessary for many methods of self study, especially where reading, watching or listening to online resources are concerned. However if you prefer completing work by hand, non-digital substitutes (ex. pencils and notebooks) can be used.

8. Note-taking tools such as highlighters, coloured pens and sticky notes are useful tools for a student studying at home. Keeping notes while learning will enable you to retain the information longer, and help to build valuable organizational skills.