Nobody enjoys studying. It’s long, laborious, and stressful. However, it’s of paramount importance for those who want to pass their exams. Once you reach higher education, it’s no longer enough to simply coast and get by on ‘natural’ intelligence. Studying tips are also incredibly useful for implementing in the real workplace. With all that being said, what are some good techniques for surviving exam season? In this post, guest writer Rosana Beechum writes about the best tips and tricks to help you learn to study more effectively.
5 Best Tips for Studying Effectively
By Rosana Beechum
1. Regular Breaks
It sounds counterintuitive, but regular breaks are essential for studying effectively. The maximum amount of time people can remain concentrated on one task is 40 to 45 minutes. Beyond this, your attention starts to drift, you become distracted, and you fail to retain the information you’re trying to learn. Therefore, we recommend setting a 45-minute timer and entirely dedicating this period to studying.
No procrastinating, no looking at your social media. Once the 45 minutes are up (thank god), you can enjoy a 15 to 30-minute break and do something pleasurable. This gives your brain time to recuperate, so when you return to studying, you’ll be on the ball.
2. Understanding the Information
Though this might seem obvious to some, many students revise by learning the facts on a surface level. Without understanding the material on a deeper level, you’re far less likely to retain the information, plus it will be much harder for you to articulate an appropriate response in your examination.
As such, one of our top tips for anyone wanting to learn to study more effectively is to go out of your way to understand what you’re revising. Ask yourself questions on the how and why. Go beyond the set textbooks if they’re not providing you with any further clarity.
3. Using Your Own Words
Following on from the previous paragraph, it’s important to translate the revision material into your own words when studying. Not only will this help further your understanding but also consolidate the information, making it more digestible when you turn to your study notes in the future. Condensing material also makes it less intimidating and more accessible.
4. Testing Yourself
Employ your friends and family to test you when you’re studying. This is an incredibly useful technique because it highlights your strengths and weakness, so you know where you need to improve. It also helps with memory retention and retrieval for examinations by forcing your brain to regularly engage with and mull over the information.
If you want to keep studying (somewhat) interesting and engaging, then you need variety. Don’t write the same revision notes over and over again – find different ways to digest the information. Use colorful mind-maps, complete previous exam papers, create different acronyms to remember information, read notes out loud, ectara. Keeping your brain stimulated is key.
These are some of the best tips and tricks for studying effectively. Combine hard work with smart thinking and you’ll pass your exams with flying colours.
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