Hi! The best way to study definitely depends on the person and the topic of study. For me, repetition is always helpful. When studying a powerpoint, it usually took me three times of reading it through before I felt comfortable with the information. When studying straight facts or vocabulary, I often found flashcards helpful. I found it best to memorize large quantities by dividing them into smaller, more manageable piles and then once those were memorized I'd add them to another small pile until I was able to recite the entire pile. For example, if I had 25 cards to memorize, I would first memorize 5 cards. Once those 5 cards were memorized, I'd add 5 more. Before increasing the pile to 15 cards, I'd check to make sure those ten were still memorized and not lost to short term memory. This system takes a while, but the repetition helps the information stick. If you don't want to use physical flash cards, Quizlet is an awesome webpage that many of my classmates used. Once you have a general idea of the information, I find it helpful to quiz my friends/classmates on the information. By creating quiz questions, you are reviewing the information (more repetition), but also helping yourself to figure out information that might be on the test. Since everyone learns differently, having friends quiz you allows you to check for areas that you might need more help in.
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I had a difficult time with a chemistry class in college. I have never liked science and wasn't able to grasp the concepts. I recorded all of the lectures and played them while I slept at night and was surprised and amazed that I got an A in the course. Believe me, it was a shock. My point in telling that story is that you never know (until you try) what works for you.
There are many different ways to study and each person learns differently. Note cards always worked best for me. There are many websites out that have premade note cards that make it quicker to study than making your own. Always put away any distractions (TV, phone, etc.) Best of luck to you!
Studying best practices will vary for each individual, but here are some tips that helped me be successful throughout my education.
I always take hand written notes, as you retain information better that way, as opposed to typing or watching a video. Even if your professor provides a study guide, I would recommend writing down the answers!
The environment you're in is a huge factor as well. I would recommend being somewhere that is as quiet as possible, with your phone on silent and tucked away. Music can even be considered a distraction, but some people operate better with white noise. Additionally, I would recommend allowing yourself a break after an allotted period of study time.
Forget pulling all-nighters! Your brain stops retaining information once you've reached a certain point of exhaustion, so it is best advised to go to bed when you are tired and get a good night's rest and continue studying in the morning, or sometime the following day.
Lastly, I always found it helpful to create analogies between the material I am studying, and real life examples. That way when I would see the term or concept on the exam, I remember the analogy I came up with to remember the correct answers!
Some suggestions to make studying more effective, apologize if you are already doing these things.
1) Go to class, remove distractions, and take notes. It is hard to study what you don't understand, so ask questions and go after class to talk to teacher or organize a study group to get help from your peers. If you are doing this all along you will not fall behind, and you will have to study less when a test is coming.
2) Keep up with assignments and don't wait until the last minute.
3) Remove distractions when studying. Lock up your phone and anything else that might distract you. go to the library if this will help get you away from distractions.
3) Start studying the week before the test if possible. Study a little bit each night. The day before the test then will just be you doing an overall overview of things you studied.
4) Try not to cram study / stay up all night studying. This has diminishing returns. At a certain point you should cut yourself off and say this is as good as it is going to get.
5) Get a good nights sleep before the test if possible. Try not to study up until the moment before the test as this can sometimes confuse you. If you feel like you have to study right before the test study things you were having trouble remembering only, keep it simple.
6) No matter how much you study if you do not understand the concepts or what you learned you are going to have a hard time succeeding and will be really stressed out. If you are keeping up with the work all along then studying should not be stressful, but rather a review of everything you already know.
- Break the task down into manageable chunks A big task, such as writing a dissertation, or revising for an extended period, can be demotivating because it seems so big. Breaking the task down into manageable chunks can therefore help make it seem less daunting.
- Keep your end goal in mind but also use interim goals on the way. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to remember why you are studying in the first place.
- Get into a study routine. It is generally easier to stay motivated if your studying becomes part of your everyday life and routine.
- Don’t let your studying take over your life. When you start a long course of study, whether a degree course or a period of study for professional exams, it can feel like it is all-important. This is especially true when exams loom. However, it is important not to allow your studying to take over your life.
I hope that you find value in these.
I'm still one of those individuals that takes "hand-written" notes. Each person is different but I retain the information better when I write it down on note cards, pad, etc. I try to limit distractions by finding a quite spot and turning off devices such as radio, phone, TV, etc. That seems to work well for me. Good luck studying!
I believe that studying has changed in the past few years. If you search the right things on YouTube and Google (not Fortnite), you'll be able to find fantastic tutorials on how to find better study habits. Watch a few videos and explore what methods are the same across the board and start there.
When I was studying, memorizing never worked for me. It was more important for me to grind fundamentals and practice a lot. It takes 10,000 hours to gain mastery, so get to it! :)
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