Study tips

Two students talking

Listen to the conversation and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.


Do the preparation exercise before you listen. Then do the other exercises to check your understanding.

Remote audio URL


Ben: You always get good marks at school. You're lucky! I study but I don't always get good marks.

Katy: I'm not lucky! I know how to study. I always do three things. Do you want to know them?

Ben: Yeah, please!

Katy: OK, number one. Always study in a quiet place.

Ben: I usually study in my bedroom. It's very quiet.

Katy: Number two. Have a clear desk!

Ben: Right. A clear desk. My desk isn't clear. There are lots of papers and books and pens on it.

Katy: Well, that isn't very good!

Ben: What's tip number three?

Katy: Have lots of breaks. I always study for thirty minutes. Then I have a break for five minutes. I move my arms and legs and drink some water. Then I study again for thirty minutes.

Ben: I never have a break. I sometimes study for two or three hours.

Katy: That isn't a good idea! It's important to get up and move your body.

Ben: OK. Thanks. Next time I think I can get good marks!


Have you got a study tip?

Language level
Average: 3.7 (19 votes)
Personal online tutoring
EnglishScore Tutors is the British Council’s one-to-one tutoring platform for 13- to 17-year-olds.


Submitted by Hazel_1704 on Fri, 03/31/2023 - 03:28

I have some study tips :

1. Underline the IMPORTANT words with highlighter.
2. take a break every 1 hour.
3. sleep well
4. listen to your favorite music
5. eat a lot to stay awake

Submitted by LauraMar on Tue, 09/06/2022 - 22:49

1You can put your favorite music but is better a relaxing music 2You should sleep very well to have more energies to study 3You need to eat very well to don't have one distraction at the hour to study 4You need to do different active pauses to don't have a electric shock

Submitted by ahgima099 on Tue, 08/23/2022 - 06:44

Sure. Study away from phone and laptop. Have a break. Revise your lessons Study in a quiet place. Go to bed early.

Submitted by Denizz on Wed, 06/01/2022 - 12:37

Repeating lessons taking tests

Submitted by trungtnd on Wed, 01/12/2022 - 13:03

HI, there! Yes, I have my study tips: 1. Don't touch the phone 2. Find a quiet place to study 3. Take a break after studying for a long time

Submitted by Fenic on Thu, 10/14/2021 - 07:52

I have got a study tip.
Profile picture for user FlowerQueen

Submitted by FlowerQueen on Sun, 09/12/2021 - 14:34

I'm not really good at studying, but these are my study tips: 1. Do the tasks again, which you did in school. 2. Have a glass of water on your desk and drink sometimes. 3. Take breaks and go into the garden. 4. Do not look at your phone while studying and take your phone in another room. 5. Have a clear desk for studying. 6. Find a quite place to learn, where aren't any annoying siblings.

Submitted by Ammar on Thu, 07/29/2021 - 23:46

Yes, I have.

Submitted by summer78 on Thu, 07/29/2021 - 17:27

I'm like Ben! but i will try put this study tips in practice. I'm dificult to concentrate

Submitted by Zak_06 on Wed, 06/30/2021 - 10:05

Hi everyone, This is an important topic. I will use the 3 tips next time.
Profile picture for user MuradYT

Submitted by MuradYT on Mon, 06/07/2021 - 07:37

Profile picture for user Kostantinus

Submitted by Kostantinus on Thu, 01/07/2021 - 08:12

HI, there! Yes, I have my study tips. They are: 1. Make break every 30 minutes. 2. While your break don't play computer games and don't sit. 3. You can use your break time for: a. to go to toilet. b. to drink some water or tea. c. to do some gymnastics. d. to keep your room and table clear. e to go to sleep earlier.
Profile picture for user Xuka

Submitted by Xuka on Tue, 08/18/2020 - 19:21

Have you got a study tip? I also have some useful study tips for me, such as: - I always organize my study space in a quiet room with all the necessary items so as not to interrupt the learning process. - I turn off my phone notifications or blocking Facebook (temporarily) on my computer so I can concentrate on the homework tasks at hand. - I use flow charts and diagrams to write down everything I already know about a topic - and then highlight where the gaps lie. Next, I study my material to accomplish the topic. - I help my classmates to do their homework by explaining my answers to them. This tip also helps me memorize knowledge for longer. - I usually organize study groups with friends before each of the exams. We discuss all contents related to the exam and practice on old ones. - I always study for 1 hour. Then I have a break for five minutes. I like both eating some snacks and listening to my favorite song. - Finally, remember that a little study every day is much better than a lot of studying all at once. So, I just take 2 hours for my self-study each day.

Submitted by RADIARADO on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 20:45

I use to get good marks so i am used to this kind of questions , i dont follow specific tips but i think it is necessary to study in a quiet and clean place far from noise it really help us to concentrate and not bother our selves ; try to understand the lesson no matter how hard it is then move to exercice because understanding the theories is the main important part while studying ; and manage your time in a smart way so that you can learn a lot of things better and faster , that is the common tips of studying and good luck for all !

Submitted by Arthurcapela17 on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 14:22

yes, make summaries, read the pages of the book and underline the most important and try to stay as focused as possible.

Submitted by theoroese on Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:30

I like to do summaries, then I read them out loud to fix the content.

Submitted by gooniechaplin on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 21:25

one good tip is to have a clear desk to be confortable. -Bernardo 81

Submitted by eduardapschafer on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 20:41

Yes, I always read all the pages of that content on the book and then I highlight the most important parts. After, I try to explain to myself or my friend what have I learnt. Also, I study in my room, where it's always quiet.

Submitted by maisadasilva on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:45

I always do summaries and try to have breaks to exercise when I am studying.

Submitted by valentinaselbach on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:43

I have a study tip, you need to have a good night of sleep, have a bottle of water with you and good ilumination.

Submitted by samuel_portao on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:26

My study tip is that you can take a break not based on time but on how much you can gon on with the content without losing concentration.
Profile picture for user Sherry4869

Submitted by Sherry4869 on Sun, 05/10/2020 - 13:20

I have a study tip. I make a routine for study.
Profile picture for user Sherry4869

Submitted by Sherry4869 on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 14:30

Yes, I always make a routine to study. And I always want to finish my homework as soon as possible.
Profile picture for user DIGIOTANIMES

Submitted by DIGIOTANIMES on Tue, 05/05/2020 - 18:56

study for about three or four hours, rest for half an hour and go back to study, don't make the mistake of studying for hours and don't rest because the time comes when you reach your limit and then you don't even remember what you study concentrates, study

Submitted by Bibi2 on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 05:17

For good studying, you need learn notes and take small breaks and encourage yourself after work.

Submitted by _16lx on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 19:17

I do three things - take a breaks - study in quite place - drink some caffein while I'm studying

Submitted by blue2 on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 19:23

astrid esperanza my study tips are: listening instrumental music study half an hour daily and put the cellphone silent

Submitted by levansonqs on Wed, 06/26/2019 - 09:48

yep. I already have the tip for study.

Submitted by Thu on Mon, 06/24/2019 - 05:58

I have some little tips but I don't think study in a quiet place is a good idea. I was doing that and then, I slept. It makes your eyes close, close and close. And my tips are written each word on board to some symbols. Or you emphasize the word when you read it, don't make your own lesson to be boring. In general, be a good student and make your own good marks, FIGHTING!

Submitted by UrbaezEdith on Sat, 07/14/2018 - 01:44

Don't be distract
Profile picture for user iiLavenderii

Submitted by iiLavenderii on Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:57

Yes. i have :)
Profile picture for user ilya6559933

Submitted by ilya6559933 on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:40

My Study tips: Bad: 1.Eat while you study 2.listen to music while you study without breaks Good: 1.Study in the Quiet place 2.Have breaks 3.Make your desk clean
Profile picture for user myname

Submitted by myname on Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:28

Hi everyone, I'm new here so I hope you will help me in the learning process
English courses near you