Effective studying techniques

    Effective studying techniques

  • 1 Be organized

    Organizing your studying session doesn't only mean organizing the environment you study in, but also organizing the content of studying, your own studying time and most importantly dividing the materials into small chunks (See how the workplace affects productivity).

  • 2 Pay attention to your environment

    LANA, remember it when you start studying for better environment. L: Lightening, get comfy lights for your eyes on the text you're reading. A: Atmosphere, not too hot nor too cold, 20 Celsius is perfect. N: Noise, make sure there's a low noise level. A: Angle of your notes, 45 degrees is the best.

  • 3 Use SQ3R popular method

    Survey, Question, Read, Recall & Review. These 5 steps are very effective in remembering your studying materials. For quick explanation, skim the materials then try to question the topics you scanned and start reading carefully then try to recall the content later. If you forget, review again.

  • 4 Try to understand how our memory works

    We memorize materials easily for short periods, but we always forget them later on in the day or the next day. That's because our brains need multiple recalls to information it gets so it could be printed in our minds and have a longer recalling life span. That's why recalling is very important.

  • 5 Divide into chunks

    Research showed that dividing your studying content into small chunks makes learning them a lot more comfortable. Also it makes it easier to remember since our minds automatically map materials in one chunk close to each other, which helps us remember the whole chunk easily.

  • 6 Use Pomodoro time technique

    Our minds can focus for 20-30 minutes, then our comprehensive rate starts to decline. That's why Pomodoro is very effective in studying. Study for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break, repeat this cycle 4 times and take a 20 minute break to complete an easy two hour study session.

  • 7 Watch how you spend your breaks

    Taking a break to watch an action movie or to do something that exhausts your mind is something you should stay away from. Try to take a walk during your breaks. Exercise is very effective in increasing your memory capabilities.

  • 8 Detect your own productive hours

    Some of us are productive in the early mornings while others are night-owls who spend their nights getting things done. That's because we're different when it comes to productivity. Try to find out your productive hours so you could schedule tough work in these hours.

  • 9 Practice taking tests

    One of the most effective methods in recalling studying materials is to try to solve problems related to what you just learned; try to solve exercises and past tests to be able to recall things later and ace your exam. If you're having a hard time recalling content, no problem, start reviewing.

  • 10 Cut off technology distractions

    One of the things that break your Pomodoro block is a notification or a phone call. The effects of these distractions are dramatic. Try to turn off your notifications while you're studying and ask your roommates to leave you alone for the studying period for optimum performance.

  • 11 Understand the effective recalling rate

    If you have time before your exam, try to recall important information 3 times along a month prior. First recall it after three days, then on the 10th day, then one more time on the 30th day. Using this technique will dramatically improve the amount of information you recall.

  • 12 Be careful of the semi-study sessions

    Opening your social media accounts while studying is one of the worst mistakes you can make while studying. It causes a semi-study session, which is believing you are studying while in fact your mind isn't comprehending the information. Stay away from distractions as much as you can.

  • 13 Start with the short chapters

    When you begin with short chapters, you will finish them quickly and gain a sense of accomplishment, resulting in much less frustration. However, if you begin with long chapters, you will spend a lot of time on them, resulting in stress caused by believing you don't have enough time.

  • 14 Studying with friends

    While friends can be very helpful, sometimes they slow down each other when studying together. Time is likely to be wasted when you have someone to talk to, so make sure you study in isolation if you can. If you study more effectively within a group, try to find suitable study-mates.