Are you one of those who struggle while studying? Do you find it difficult to retain the information for a longer duration? Well, they say you have to work hard to stand out in the crowd, but studying less and effectively is the key to studying efficiently. Many students are not able to study effectively because they do not know the tactics and secrets to studying smartly. Technology has its roots everywhere and neuroscientific research and studies have proved that there are many scientific techniques that students and learners can use to use study smartly.
Let’s delve deeper. These are some tips that you should follow while studying.
1. Set a fixed studying place:
Students who study in a proper place can retain the information better. If you feel lazy to study at a proper place, organize all your study staff before you start studying. Having all the study material organized at that place will automatically prepare your mind to study. You can choose your favorite place for studying you can learn either quietly or in noise based on what you prefer. Some students prefer to study in the public libraries while some students love to learn in busy places like cafeterias, parks, or other noisy places. It depends, some students can learn information in crowdy places and some study with music, and some prefer to study alone. You can choose your preference and study either in groups or alone accordingly.
2. Know about your learning style:
The learning style of the student also affects their study routine and productivity. Some people use logical reasons to remember the information, while some prefer to learn in a quiet place without uttering the information loudly, while some use visual or auditory methods to retain the information. The learning style of different persons varies, use the hit and trial method to know what works for you and what does not. Eventually, you will know your learning style and it would be easier to retain the information. whether you are a visual learner, logical learner, quiet learner, or social learner who prefers to study in groups.
Some students are night owls and they learn the stuff better at night, and some students just find it to focus on studies at night. There is the second group of students who learn the information better in the morning time, just after they wake up.
3. Follow a proper routine:
When it comes to studying, you must have a proper study schedule. Make a routine to make time for study daily. Research has shown that students who stick to a daily study routine retain information better than those who do not follow a study routine. It’s better to organize and divide tasks for the upcoming day, and the previous night, note them in your diary and stick to it. The habit of learning daily will build more nerve connections in your brain and it will add up and it would be much easier to read the information in the second read, way easier than the first read. Recalling the information by following a strategic plan will just give a signal to your brain that information is important and you have to remember it.
4. Apply scientific methods to retain the information better:
Today science has discovered many scientific methods to study effectively. There are many proven ways to enhance the learning of different individuals. The most popular are:
SQ3R Method: This method consists of surveys, Questions, and 3R (Read, Revise, and Review).
Feynman technique: In this method, you repeat or teach the learned information to other individuals. This method is one of the effective ways to retain the information for a longer time.
Pomodoro Technique: In this method, you study consistently for 25 minutes and take a mini five-minute break. This method has improved the retaining memory of many students.
These studies have strong evidence, and results have shown that students who use intelligent techniques rest the information better than those who do the passive reading. Also, you can practice active recall and repetitive study methods to remember the information for a longer time.
5. Repeat or revise the information:
Many students mostly ignore this studying technique. This is the most underrated yet effective method to retain the information for a longer duration. Keep on revising the information after a week, monthly and quarterly, it will send signals to your brain that information is important. As a result, your brain will automatically generate more nerves to build strong neural connections in your long-term memory. You can practice the MCQ related to the topic or just discussing the learned information with your friends will help to remember the information for a longer time.
6. Stay away from distractions:
No matter how hard you follow the study techniques, the use of social media and mobile can destroy your whole study routine. Discipline is required if you really want to excel in your exams. The attention span of the human mind is short, we get distracted so easily. If you cannot avoid using social media, hide your phone in another room or give it to someone until you are done with your study goal for the day.
Although sometimes it’s necessary to search for the relevant information on your phone or laptop and you keep swinging between the random ticktock video, youtube surfing, and then open your pdf notes, slides, or books. This is just ruining your study and it will not help you as you are not focused on anything seriously. Many apps can apply restrictions to the use of social media. But the best way is to avoid using your phone while studying. Put your phone in another room so you control yourself while studying.
7. Study in Groups:
If you are weak in studies and have mediocre learning. Sit and surround yourself with intelligent students and ask them the question and clear all the confusion in the lecture. When someone will repeat the information, there are higher chances that you will retain the information better. Helping each other in lectures, and assignments can also boost your confidence.
These are some of the study techniques along with scientific evidence for achieving study goals and to ace in your school/college with high scores. Follow these tips for any type of study, you will see a tremendous improvement in your study methods.
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