While the study is interesting to somebody, to others it’s a nightmare. Of course, all of us want good grades in the exam but to get good marks is not so easy. For that, you have to study hard. There are some certain techniques by following which you will be able to understand and memorize your text easily and effectively. Here are 20 proven techniques for you that will help you to study effectively.
1. Choose A Comfortable Study Area
To study properly a study room is a must need. A pleasant warm place is always preferable to sit down and study. A study room or a study area should have a well-organized study table, a library in the corner. Well, you don’t really have to have these specific things to study. you need a good place where air can have a smooth flow and good lighting. But you need to bare in mind that the area should not be too comfortable or often you will find yourself sleeping rather than studying.
2. Create An Outline
Creating an outline really helps out a student from where he/she should start studying. Writing down all the subjects that you need to study and start selecting topics from that list will save your time. Also, you will be able to study efficiently. Checkout your class notes, text books, professor’s lectures. Ensure that everything is covered and noted.
3. Create Tools For Reviewing
There are many study tools around us, use them and make your study more easy and effective. Flashcards are known to be a very useful tool. Write down principal data like the definition, names, statistics and many more information and keep that flashcard with yourself. Whenever you get time just open the flashcard and have a look at the information that you gathered earlier.
4. Don’t Study While You’re Sick… Or Better Yet, Avoid Getting Sick
When your health is having a bad time don’t push yourself to study. It is better to have some rest. You cannot have a peaceful study with an unhealthy mind and body. The disturbance of pain, medicine’s side effects etc. will not allow you to study properly. Having a full rest and recovery from diseases is the best way to get back on track.
5. Draw Flowcharts
Flowcharts are another great tool for studying efficiently. Flowcharts usually narrow down any large process and make it easy to remember. For example how the human digestive system works is a long process to learn. If you make a flowchart out of it, it will definitely help you to learn the process much quicker. This helps because people are very responsive to illustrations rather than boring writings. Flowcharts do not need to be super accurate, just bare in mind the arrows are perfectly pointing and the art should be relocatable.
6. Eat for Your Body and Mind
A sound body and a sound mind is very important for studying properly. Food is a great source of energy. Foods containing vitamins and minerals are very crucial for the brain when you are studying. To uplift your brain’s efficiency nuts, blueberries, blackcurrants, sage, green vegetables, whole grains, fish, tomatoes are known to be the great sources. Vitamin B containing food also enhances the brain’s efficiency as well as having a good memory.
7. Employ Mnemonic Devices
This is another great tool or a system to study effectively. Employ a mnemonic device, what it does is it transforms any data to another form, which is completely different from the main data. More precisely it breaks down into an easier form that helps people to understand it much quicker than its original form. For example, to memorize the seven colors of the rainbow, just keep this name in your mind, Roy G. Biv. I know it does not sound quite right but its elaboration is Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
Water is another great source to generate energy. For your brain to work properly one glass of water is more than enough. Drink clear water rather than having coffee, power drinks, tea etc. Water is an essential element as our brains contain 78% of water.
9. Jot Down and participate
Listening to lectures all day long is pretty tedious if it does not have any energy in it. To make the best out of a lecture you need to bring a notebook and start writing down as much information as you can. Listening to lectures and gathering information help you to have a vast knowledge on that topic, it also makes you attentive in the class. Try to ask questions, be more active in a class, talking with the lecturer also allows you to build up your knowledge about that topic.
10. Organize Your Study Materials and Supplies
A well-organized study table helps a student to study properly as well as will not cause any distractions. Any study materials such as pens, pencils, erasers, extra pieces of paper, notebooks etc., should not be scattered around. They should be assembled properly on your study table. This will save your valuable time as you do not have to get off and search for stuff that you need and you will not get sidetracked. Going to the washroom, study breaks or when you are complete with your studies should be the time for you to leave your study table.
11. Prepare Your Heart and Mind
As I said earlier having a sound body and a sound mind uplifts your energy for studying, this topic is exactly about that. Having a clear mind allows you to study without any disturbance. Clear your mind so that you can focus on studies. You should not worry about the quarrel you had with your friends while you are on your study table as well as you do not need to be bothered about your life’s various difficulties.
12. Put All Distractions Aside
When you are studying and if you do not want to get sidetracked, put all the unnecessary stuff away from you. Ensure that you do not have anything that will interrupt your study. Switch off everything that will make a distraction while you are studying. Blogs, games, music, entertainment, social-media are the worst enemy when you are studying, try ignoring them on your study time.
13. Set-up A Schedule… And Stick to It
A well-planned schedule before exam definitely helps a student winning over various test that he/she needs to take. Studying intensively the night before an exam is a common situation that we often see. This is obviously not an intelligent thing to do. Students should create a schedule and follow it. It will give him/her enough time before exams. This also makes a student less stressed and they can also preserve the information very well that they need for exams.
14. Sing Like No One’s Listening… But You
Listening to music refreshes our mind. You can apply many ways to make studying easier for you. This crazy idea that I am going to tell you now, does work for some people. So why not try it for yourself? If you are trying to learn anything that is a bit of a hard-on its original way, change it to your favorite music lyrics or nursery rhymes and then memorize it in that way. Soon you will be humming that and it will make your study much easier.
15. Sleep Tight
Sleeping for a long time rather than usual is nothing wrong as you were studying for a long time. A good sleep always makes you more energetic as it recharges your energy that was used during the day. Sleeping also restores body cells that got strained.
16. Study Now And Study Again Later
Studying a chapter over and over again helps you to remember every bit of its information for a long time. Going through a chapter that you have read once is not a waste of time rather it makes easier for you to have a good grip about that information. But bear in mind that you need to fully understand what you are studying and thus it will make information easier and quicker to be a long-term memory.
17. Study With Friends
Studying with a group of friends is much more fun and effective rather than studying alone. Studying in a group has a lot of benefits; the interactions, the discussions between friends helps you to memorize an information for a long period of time. Furthermore, in a group study individual point of view on a topic widens your knowledge.
18.Sweat It Out
Your physical condition is highly related to your studies. A refreshed mind/brain allows you to gather more information where a disturbed mind would not. Physical exercise is the most effective way you can use to refresh your brain. Waking up early, going jogging, going to the gym, doing Yoga, Zumba, martial arts are incredibly helpful to keep you intact and more importantly it helps your brain to have refreshed oxygen.
19. Take Breaks… Relax…
Studying without a break can be a living nightmare. Taking a break, resting allows your body and mind to get refreshed and this should be a part of your study system. Taking a short sleep, walking break, gaming, anything that is not related to studying helps you to restore your energy and mental alertness.
20. The SQ3R Technique
Study techniques can help you to study fast and effectively. You spend most of the time doing readings the SQ3R is a technique that applies on reading. This technique instructs you to do Surveying on chapter that you are reading, Question, the reason, why you are reading that particular chapter, and the 3Rs are Read, do not just read blindly try to understand what the chapter is about, Recite the major points to get a good grip of it, take notes if you need, Review, take some time to understand about what you study, go over the same information again. This technique helps you to finish a chapter easily and having a good knowledge about it.