Hello pals, as we all know all most all of us face difficulties when we are studying in college.
If you’re a student, you probably feel like this isn’t enough. I know … You have so many assignments to do, projects to work on, and tests to study for. Plus, you have other activities and commitments.
And I’m sure you want to have a social life, too.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could study smarter (not harder), get good grades, and lead a balanced life?
Here are 10 simple tips that would help you:
1. Study multiple subjects each day, rather than focusing on just one or two subjects.
It’s more effective to study multiple subjects each day, than to deep-dive into one or two subjects (Rohrer, D. 2012).
For example, if you’re preparing for exams in math, history, physics, and chemistry, it’s better to study a bit of each subject every day. This approach will help you to learn faster than by focusing on just math on Monday, history on Tuesday, physics on Wednesday, chemistry on Thursday, and so on.
Because you’re likely to confuse similar information if you study a lot of the same subject in one day.
So to study smart, spread out your study time for each subject. In so doing, your brain will have more time to consolidate your learning.
2. Review the information periodically, instead of cramming.
Periodic review is essential if you want to move information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. This will help you get better exam grades.
3. Don’t Multitask
Multitasking makes you less productive, more distracted, and dumber. The studies even show that people who claim to be good at multitasking aren’t actually better at it than the average person.
- Turn off notifications on your phone
- Put your phone away, or turn it to airplane mode
- Turn off the Internet access on your computer
- Use an app like Freedom
- Close all of your Internet browser windows that aren’t related to the assignment you’re working on
- Clear the clutter from your study area
4. Simplify, summarize, and compress the information.
Make short notes of the lessons that you have to study. When making short notes you read the note and write down the important points of the lesson, so you have gone through your note twice without your notice when making the note.
And make your note colorful with different colors.
5. Take notes by hand, instead of using your laptop.
Scientists recommend this, and not just because you’re more likely to give in to online distractions when using your laptop. Even when laptops are used only for note-taking, learning is less effective (Mueller, P. 2013).
Because students who take notes by hand tend to process and re-frame the information. In contrast, laptop note-takers tend to write down what the teacher says word-for-word, without first processing the information.
6. Test yourself frequently.
Self-testing is crucial if you want to improve your academic performance
Don’t just passively read your textbook or your class notes. Study smart by quizzing yourself on the key concepts and equations. And as you prepare for a test, do as many practice questions as you can from different sources.
7. Connect what you’re learning with something you already know.
More strongly you relate new concepts to concepts you already understand, the faster you’ll learn the new information.
For example, if you’re learning about electricity, you could relate it to the flow of water. Voltage is akin to water pressure, current is akin to the flow rate of water, a battery is akin to a pump, and so on.
It takes time and effort to think about how to connect new information to what you already know, but the investment is worth it.
8. Take regular study breaks.
Taking regular study breaks enhances overall productivity and improves focus (Ariga & Lleras, 2011).
It isn’t a good idea to hole yourself up in your room for six hours straight to study for an exam. You might feel like you get a lot done this way, but the research proves otherwise. So take a 5- to 10-minute break for every 40 minutes of work.
9. Reward yourself at the end of each study session.
Before starting a study session, set a specific reward for completing the session. By doing this, you’ll promote memory formation and learning (Adcock RA, 2006).
The reward could be something as simple as:
- Going for a short walk
- Eating a healthy snack
- Listening to your favorite music
- Doing a couple of sets of exercise
- Playing a musical instrument
- Taking a shower
10. Focus on the process, not the outcome.
Successful students concentrate on learning the information, not on trying to get a certain grade.
- Focus on effort, not the end result
- Focus on the process, not on achievement
- Believe they can improve – even in their weak subjects – as long as they put in the time and hard work
- Embrace challenges
- Define success as pushing themselves to learn something new, not as getting straight A’s
Other than these tips you need to concentrate about your health too. Like:
- Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
- Exercise at least three times a week.
- Sleep at least eight hours a night, and don’t pull all-nighters.
- Eat chicken and eggs.
- Eat omega-3 fatty acids.