Find a distraction-free environment for studying. Although we all want to multitask, you really should not be trying to do too many things at once. Music is great as background noise, but make sure that it really does stay in the background and does not become your focus itself.
I have audiobooks on my ipod as a way of revising them. Many of the classics have free downloads, and it helps to keep a text clear in one's mind to hear it read. I try to offer an MP3 link on all the texts I teach so students can have this to supplement the written text.
Also, baroque music like Mozart on the i-pod can help concentration when studying - especially good for those of us who don't work well in silence.
I also have a ten-minute relaxation session on my i-pod which is great for calming down in times of stress.
I also would emphasize discussion and exchange of ideas as a way to learn material, particularly some of the more subjective stuff we deal with in the humanities. On one level, Ipods are great, I certainly use mine to tune out background noise when I'm reading. On another they can be very distracting in and of themselves. I encourage reading techniques like "talking to texts" in order to foster good, efficient reading. It helps to have good notes, and that's one way to do it. Above all, I tell students not to try to memorize material, though that can be a tough sell sometimes. Rather, I encourage them to think thematically, and organize information into arguments and broader questions as they go along.
I agree with # 2's emphasis on discussion. I am noticing that a lot of good material is now available on YouTube. For students who are accustomed to visual learning, YouTube may help. By the way, eNotes itself has an excellent series of videos on Shakespeare that may be helpful to students studying the Bard.
The study tip I emphasize with students is that they should study often in small bursts rather than for hours right before the test.
My second favorite tip is to talk about the material with someone. I don't mean having someone quiz you but rather discussing the most important factor in the decision by President Wilson to enter World War I. Taking a controversial or debatable stance on the issue or hearing the perspectives of others will help you remember the information.
Do not ever procrastinate or you will never get anything done on time or anything done at all. You should set up a schedule to do your work. Find a quiet and calm environment with no distractions to work in then you will get your work done.
If you do become distracted from your phone, you should put your phone on silent or turn it off. You should set a time aside to study and make sure no distractions will be in your way. DO NOT procrastinate
DO NOT PROCRASINATE
i prefer no noise. learn in the early hours of the day because it is proven that you remember and understand everything well at that time(aprox 3:30 am) or even before...trust me i have tried it and it really seems to work!
never try to cram anything.try to get the basic concept of the topic and then write it in your own words.and most importantly,never stop praying to GOD about ur succes.once you did it then learning would be as easy for you as ur pet's name:-)
sit in a silent place... noise disturbs our learning speed alot...i use to sit in a silent place..and it works..:)