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There is no one-size-fits-all approach when learning how to effectively study. And finding the best way to study is an ongoing process. It isn’t something that can be left until the night before the test. At SCIS, we should be constantly improving our study skills to better understand what works (and what doesn’t).
Learning how to study better helps avoid panic and frustration the next time a big test is coming up. After all, we are more likely to do well and be less stressed before a test when there is the proper time to practice and review the material.
Studying doesn’t always have to be a nerve-wracking, tiring experience. If done right, it can be a walk in the park. Take a look at our seven secrets for successful studying.
1. Study in manageable blocks of time.
A common misconception is that you need to have long study sessions to cover a vast amount of material. It is better to separate your studying into 20–30-minute sessions so that your brain can retain a higher percentage of information.
2. Steer clear of distractions.
Distractions are everywhere – from cell phones to social media to friends. Be aware of what distracts you in class and know how to steer clear of these distractions. Avoid sitting next to friends if you know they will distract you and turning off your mobile device will make sure you are paying attention.
3. Make a study schedule.
When making a study schedule, look at your planner and think about what needs to be accomplished. Think about the types of questions that will be on the test and the topics that will be covered. Set specific goals for each study session, such as how many topics you will cover in each study session.
4. Designate a study area.
The best study spot is one that is quiet, well-lit, and in a low-traffic area. Make sure there is a clear workspace to study and write. Everyone’s needs are different, so it is important that you find a spot that works for you.
5. Talk to teachers.
Teachers are there to help you do your best. Talk to your teacher and ask for clarification or extra help if you need it before your test. Taking the initiative to ask for help goes a long way with teachers!
6. Explain the concepts you are learning out loud.
Another way to better understand the topics you are studying is to teach them to others. Explaining a concept aloud will strengthen your understanding of that concept and your ability to recall the details. It does not matter whom you explain the material to, as long as you can explain it.
7. Get some proper sleep.
As we all know, lack of sleep can be connected to just about every physical and mental malfunction in your body. According to scientists, studying while sleepy and before going to bed will help your brain because the memory-consolidation process works best when you are asleep. Start sleeping on time and adopt your new favorite studying technique – studying in your sleep!
Study smart, not hard.