Top 14 Study Techniques
By Joseph Harvey
Your final exams are just a couple of weeks away and you are sitting in front of your TV thinking, I’ll just study 7 hours before the exam; but pulling an all-nighter and cramming tons of information in your head a day before the exam isn’t always a reliable tactic, it may prove useful from time to time but taking a bit more care with your studies will guarantee better results, that’s why Yaoota brought you 14 simple tips to help you study better for your exams.
1. Know the Time needed to study each subject
Time is crucial when preparing for an exam, it’s really important to fairly assess your studying capabilities for each subject so you know how long you need as you might not need the same amount of time and concentration for all of them. Also, give yourself 10 minute breaks every two hours and go freshen up, take a walk or do some simple exercises. It might be tempting to leave everything to the last minute thinking that you’ll get it all done in a few hours, you might be able to finish but there’s no grantee that you’ll remember anything from what you studied. Don’t leave it to the last minute!
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2. Pick the right study space
Location location location! Yeah, it’s important to keep in mind that the place and space matters, remove all distractions and fill it with everything related to your exam, any location or place works fine as long as you keep yourself focused on what you are supposed to do. Also, a comfortable chair would help a lot. A room with a view, some music, and the right temperature can also help you concentrate. Is there enough light? Are your video games, mobile, and TV out of sight?
If so then start studying.
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3. Talk to yourself while studying
When you start studying be sure to speak the words out load, this will add focus to what you want to memorize or understand, yeah sure it may make you look a bit crazy but it could help you a lot.
4. Share the lessons with others
Have you just finished a fifteen page long problem and feel like the answer is slipping away with every passing second? Well find someone to explain it to, this will help keep everything fresh and stable within your mind. Explaining an answer or problem helps you to find an adequate understanding of the problem and helps you explore different methods to answering it.
5. Create mental associations
Create a mind map, sit down and draw a mental map as this will help program your brain to stick to methods you think are effective and worthwhile. The human brain has a very abstract way of deciphering questions and problems although they may seem organized to you but in fact, it’s merely a percentage of what you can write down on paper. It basically means that you understand but you don’t know how to write it down, so keep it organized.
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6. Write with clear and clean handwriting
Let’s say you had an epiphany and you wrote everything down in a few seconds and you think you’ve gotten the hang of things, you wake up the next day and check your notes and you suddenly find some weird language that you thought was English with tea stains and smudges all over them. You will probably think “what was I doing yesterday?” Everything seems clear in a self-induced focused state but once you depart from it everything seems confusing. Keep your handwriting clean and clear so you can recheck your notes later.
7. Search for answers online
You have an exam in one week or in one hour and you have no material to study, how do you get ready ? That mobile in your pocket could be the ticket to an A+!
Search for different perspectives online, they may be a bit larger in size but they have the basics which you could use in the exam. So go online (use Google) and make your own notes and form your own answers.
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8. Make Flashcards
Now that you have a proper understanding of your subject, it’s time to make flash cards to help keep those ideas in your mind, make flash cards of people or quotes or dates to help associate concepts with each card.
If you don’t know how to do this then try sticking to colors, make as many as you need and associate the most important concepts with the most dominant colors, this is like making a mind map to easily access information.
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9. Stay logical
It’s always important to stay logical and clear, don’t over complicate things and don’t over think as this will waste your energy and time.
10. Take breaks
This has to be the best part right ?
Organize your break time and duration, be fair and don’t get carried away with your studies, your attention span is limited and it needs time to rejuvenate. It would be best to pencil in a short 10 minute break every one or two hours.
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11. Listen to music
Please don’t take this as an excuse to listen to rap or death metal, as these are distracting and require attention to enjoy them whilst classical music serves a different purpose, it helps concentration and opens your creative side. It’s very easy to loose yourself in thought while listening to this kind of music, it gets your mind working in more unfamiliar ways which might help you find answers and concentrate more.
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12. Practice makes perfect
Practice as much as you can, try solving midterm exams and a couple of sheets, most questions are the same but with different ingredients, it all comes down to your control and comfort with them. Familiarizing yourself with more questions and problems will help you understand how to approach each one of them even if they’ve been changed in the exam.
13. Use apps to block distracting sites
There are a number of apps that block certain sites for a limited period of time, this might help you stay focused when you and your phone are in the same room. Staying focused is vital as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube doesn’t exactly make it any easier, so try blocking them during study time and then resume your routine once you’ve finished. One of the apps you could use is the Self control app.
Studies say that meditation helps reduce pre-exam stress, it also keeps you focused while studying and improve your mental resilience and physical health.
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