Having trouble studying? Can’t figure out a proper study technique? Read this article NOW to learn some study tips that are ACTUALLY practical and helpful!
Procrastination is the nickname of our generation- it is almost impossible to get work done, let alone properly or even practically study for any exam or test. Study tips are few and hard to come by, and the ones we are given are so much more ambiguous than we would like them to be.
Sometimes, all we need in order to properly study for anything- be it an exam for school or college, or standardized test, is a list of things to do.
Sometimes, all we need to properly study is a practical to-do list to get us started.
Having trouble planning what you need to study? Tired of all the ambiguous motivation driven philosophical rantings about how to focus your mind to study?
Here are some actually practical study tips that you can apply to almost any exam based from book or knowledge based material!
This is obvious as it is self-explanatory. Turn off your phone, put your laptop in a different room unless you are using it to study. Studies show that hand-written notes use processes that analyze information and decode it in our brains for better memory! Electronic distractions only make it harder to focus, and take us off task only too often!
Read over the material slowly
This is the basic thing that any person can do and does do. Except for the fact that no one can get through the readings. To practically and actually get studying done, rather than cramming and focusing on every word- read slowly and skim. How do you skim and read slowly at the very same time, you ask? Skim over things that seem unimportant, and read slowly when you reach a point where understanding is needed.
Take notes of important facts as you read
While skimming, take notes of the places where you took note to read slowly and absorb. Writing things down implements them into memory. Don’t be afraid to write! It is very likely that the very things you write down will be most embedded in your memory, and that you will remember the best for the exam!
Write down a list of the key terms
Use flashcards or even a black sheet of loose-leaf paper- whatever floats your boat! Write the key terms and underline them, following by a definition and an example. Doing this not only helps you to remember definitions, it helps you to analyze what you know and what you don’t know, and to what extent you do or don’t!
Do practice questions to quiz yourself
You can take practice questions from a book or practice exams. Or, you can pose your own questions based on what you think is important from the text. Analyze what you have read and write analytical questions based on it. What questions do you have yourself? What can be useful to answer? In the process of creating the question, you are analytically embedding the study material into your mind, making it not only easy to remember but allowing you to critically understand it as well!
Teach someone else!
There is no better way to teach something to yourself, than to tutor or teach it to someone else. In the process of explaining a concept, your brain’s mechanisms are fighting and wrestling with the said concept. The more you work with the concept and in more methods, the better it will be retained. Once you explain it to the other person, it is as if you taught it yourself a million times over! Things you teach are things that you almost never can forget!
There are hundreds of study tips out there- the majority of them being practically useless. Follow these simply, practical study tips and you will be sure to actually do well!
Remember; get started on the studying without delay! The more methods you use to study any concept, the better you will retain that concept with not only memory but understanding too!