These are 12 proven hacks that will ultimately make you a better student through effective study.
- Don’t do all your studying the night before. Instead spread it out, review class materials several times a week, and focus on one topic at a time.
- Find a comfortable place to study with good lighting and few distractions. Avoid studying in bed, as it will be too tempting to take a nap.
- Take short breaks frequently. Your memory retains information that you study at the beginning and the end better than in the middle.
- The best way to study is to focus for between 40-90 minutes, then take a 10-minute break where you do some kind of exercise. Regular exercise helps with concentration.
- Be a hermit! A few weeks before the exam, it may be necessary to isolate yourself from your friends, stop watching television, etc.
- Get plenty of sleep. Generally people need at least 8 hours of sleep per night. Your brain needs this time to recover and organize information to strengthen its memory.
- Keep a calendar or planner and mark it with important dates, like exams and assignment due dates.
- At least once a week, read through your notes from class. Consistently reading about the subject can help you to understand and remember better.
- Before lectures, look over the notes from the previous class and read the course material pertaining to the lecture, so that you can anticipate the main ideas that the instructor will cover.
- Carefully choose what you do during your down time. Relaxing your mind is important during study breaks, but TV and video games don’t allow the mind to relax properly.
- When you’re studying, it helps to keep in mind your reasons for working hard, like a course grade or career you’re working towards.
- Ask questions! Don’t be shy about asking to have something explained in a different way, so you can understand it better.
NB: Set clear goals. This will help to motivate you, as you’ll want to achieve the goals you set out for yourself.