Use the following tips to make your studying more efficient and effective.
Studying for tests and exams isn’t exactly the highlight of your life but it’s one of those things we all have to do. There are some practical and easy steps you can take to make your studying go smoothly and avoid the dreaded all-night cram session!
1) The Right Spot
Having a study-friendly space to work in is an important first step. Find an area in your home that is peaceful and away from the distractions of other people in your home. This will make it easier to stay focused on the task and allow you to better understand the material you’re studying and memorize the things needed for the test or exam. If you’re not able to find a good spot at home, try the library, the park or even a coffee shop.
2) Write it Down
The act of writing notes (like with a pen, not a keyboard folks) has been proven to be more effective for retaining information versus reading. So make yourself some study notes with key concepts from the subject you’re studying. Rephrase information in your own words so that you understand the concepts. Your study notes could even include colour coding – use different colour highlighters to organize different categories of information. But at base level – just write it out!
3) Use Extra Time Wisely
Do you have a long bus ride to or from school? Do you have a spare period at school? These are perfect times to get ahead of studying since you’re stuck in that space anyways. Create your study notes, do your homework, or read textbooks or materials needed for the test. You’ll be ahead of the game!
4) Study According to your Learning Style
We all learn differently, which also means our study techniques are different too. For information on what the different learning styles are, see our article “What learning style are you?”. If you are a Visual Learner, you’ll prefer to use diagrams and pictures to memorize important facts and concepts. If you are an Auditory Learner, listening to recorded materials, or talking through concepts with a friend or even to yourself will help you retain the information. If you are a Kinesthetic Learner, you’ll prefer to use movement and experiences to understand and memorize content. If you are a Read/Write Learner, the #2 tip will be right up your alley!
5) Take Breaks
When studying it is crucial to give your brain a break! For every hour of studying you do, make sure to take a 10 minute break. This will give you a chance to get a study-friendly snack like nuts, fruits or veggies which feed the brain and keep the mental fog away. During your break you can also do a quick little walk for fresh air or some stretches for your sore back from sitting!
6) Studying = Phone in Drawer
If you’re truly committed to studying you need to avoid the potential for distractions…and what is more distracting than all your notifications on your phone. Put your phone somewhere you can’t see it, like a drawer or face down with the ringer off. That way you won’t be tempted to look each time a notification from your social feed goes off. Tell yourself that if you put in a good chunk of time you can reward yourself on your break (see tip #5) with checking your phone.
Adapted and modified from:
Student Tutor – https://student-tutor.com/blog/top-10-high-school-study-tips/
Oxford Learning – https://www.oxfordlearning.com/complete-study-guide/