Hi, guys! Hope all of you are having a great weekend, I thought about writing this blog post because over the years, I have picked up some tricks on how to study efficiently and if I can do well, academically anyone can because I’m the most absent-minded person and I hardly paid attention in school which is why I had to put more effort at home. I’m no way an expert, everything I know is because of personal experience of TEDx talks. I have linked some videos and articles along with it, to help you understand the science behind what I’m saying.
So, if you’re a procrastinator or you just hate studying, this should be useful to you. Let me know, if this works for you and your tricks and tips in the comments below.
1) MAKE TO-DO LISTS:
This sounds lame and cliche but the first step to get work done is listing out what has to be done, you don’t need to open a fancy planner that has cool stickers, you can write it down a post-it or just anywhere. This helps your brain in getting a clear idea of what you have to do and by putting a deadline to it, your more likely to perform it. It’s also important to set realistic tasks, if it’s your first day back at school after a vacation, or your starting a new subject or anything for that matter, start slow, do not burden yourself with more than 4-5 tasks a day unless you can execute it, once you have set the pace, take it forward and eventually push your boundaries.
I have linked an article from Forbes Magazine on Five Best TO-DO LIST TIPS -https://www.forbes.com/sites/vanessaloder/2014/06/02/five-best-to-do-list-tips/#44a030c2651b
2) Offer to tutor:
I do not recommend this to everyone but teaching others what you have learnt is a great way to retain as well as well strengthen your concepts, My explaining it to someone your breaking down the concept into easier bits, which your brain can hold on to and when someone poses a question, you learn from them. It’s a win-win for everyone, I do this all the time with my friends because sometimes a friend explaining the concept of Magnetism is better than the teacher or that YouTube channel that uses big words.
3) Switch it up:
Don’t stick to one topic; instead, study a bunch of different material in one sitting. This technique helps prepare us to use the right strategy for finding the solution to a problem. For example, doing a bunch of division problems in a row means every time we approach a problem, we know it’ll require some division. But doing a series of problems that require multiplication, division, or addition means we have to stop and think about which strategy is best. Also, don’t sit the whole day and cram just one subject unless it’s the previous day of you exam. Eg: Do one chapter from Math, then switch to a language or a social science or an elective. Switching up makes you belive you have done a lot more and since you’re constlatly learning new rhings, your mind gets sharper and absorbs better.
4) Learn what works.
Some people are early birds, some are night owls; some prefer to study with a pal, others need complete and total silence. There is no right method or a right way to follow, figure out what works best for you and do that. My mother always forced me to study early in the morning then late at night but I cannot study in the morning, I’ll sleep through my alarms.
5)Work smart, not hard:
This is so important to understand, especially if you’re in a higher grade or college when you have loads to study but work efficiently. One of my friends, write’s down everything neatly and spends hours in doing that and she studies three of four times the same concept again and again which is not wrong but if you put the same number of hours understanding the concept rather than cramming it up, you will remember better. I study 10 percent of what she does and I’m able to answer the paper better because I understand the concept, this works well if you’re a science student but when you’re studying arts, social studies and management subjects you have to visualize what you’re studying, only then you can retain it and remember it. I was really good at History, I always scored well in History even though I dropped it, I remember most of everything I learnt in school because I was so fascinated by it, I used to google the topics in depth and learn more than what was syllabus required. Watch YouTube videos, you can get ton of information on any topic in the world through Youtube, I have learnt half of C++ programming through YouTube than from my textbooks. I love Khan’s academy, whether you’re in highschool or college, you will find everything you need in there.
6)Make Notes effectively:
When I say make notes, you do not have to write down everything in the textbook. Use the writing space freely, make pop-ups, use colored highlighter, colored-post its and make up acronyms to remember better. Write down only the key words, so when you come back to it, you should be able to connect the entire topic with the keyword.
7) Keep some munchies next to you:
Always, have snacks while studying and I don’t mean potato chips and oily food, keep something healthy, like some flax seeds, diet-biscuits on high fibre, fruits, almonds, yogurt. Avoid sugar and heavy meals.
8) Take Study Breaks:
I take mini-breaks between subjects, half hour or 15 minute breaks in the middle of your session is not bad for you, it’ll motivate you to finish your studies quicker.
Not a lot of people know this about me but I have been mediating for a while now and it has made a complete difference in the way I approach anything in life. Mediation helps you build concentration and calms your nerves, you learn faster and quicker while eliminating frustration from your system. If this is not you thing, play sports preferably that helps build your concentration as well as gives you a recreational break while burning calories.
These were my tips and tricks that I use everyday to help me study better, let me know yours in the comments.