Do you have problems studying?
Do you face difficulties remembering stuff you’ve read even after spending numerous hours on a single page?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Let’s face it, studying can be boring!
Even with the numerous study tips we have heard countless times from teachers and academic gurus, getting yourself to actually sit down and read your book can still be a struggle.
Today, I am going to give you five tips in no particular order than will change your study life and totally transform learning for you. These tips are not only effective, but very easy to implement.
(Check out: How To Make Yourself WANT to Study)
So without further ado, here are the top five most underrated study tips that every student needs to know.
1. Watch Videos!
You’re more likely to remember something you watch than something you read. We don’t even need scientific proof because it’s so obvious in the way that’s it’s easy to tell someone everything about a movie we saw, yet find it difficult to remember when we read from textbooks.
YOUTUBE is a very good app for students. Many people only know the app as a place where they can go to watch comedy skits, movies and TV shows, but did you know that the website also contains millions of lesson tutorials?
YouTube is my go-to app of choice when I want to study online. This method of learning is great because it provides not only a fun way to learn school stuff, but also an easy way to acquire knowledge without having to flip through multiple pages.
Though it can be an agent of distraction (when you choose to watch comedy skits instead of tutorials), the app itself is still very useful.
Next time you find a subject or topic hard, search for the topic on YouTube, and experience a wonderful way to learn.
2. Apps and pdf’s
Living in a digital age comes with a lot of benefits and e-learning is definitely one of the top.
With the advancement in technology, a lot of learning has transitioned online, even academic writers are now creating pdf’s and software learning materials that are very easy to access. The creation of apps that you can download for free on your mobile phones is just the cherry on top.
I do not mean to discard the relevance of hardcopy textbooks, but reading on apps and pdfs seem to be more effective these days especially since they’re easily accessible and much more portable (seeing as you’ll only need your phone or iPad).
Some apps also have great features such as motion pictures and animations that can give a better additional explanation of a subject topic, something plain textbook pictures cannot give.
Although e-learning is great, it also has its disadvantages, some of which are distractions (from other mobile apps) and the negative effects of excessive screen time on the eyes. Nonetheless, it is a study tip that should be considered.
3. Explain stuff out loud.
A good way we are taught to remember what we’ve studied is to ask ourselves questions after reading a certain topic in order to evaluate ourselves. This is a good study tip, however, it is even better to explain what we have learnt out loud.
Rather than doing a little q&a after you read, try explaining it as if you were teaching someone or giving a presentation. Asking yourself questions based on the topics you’ve read sometimes encourages cramming and everyone knows cramming isn’t very effective in the long run.
Explaining stuff to someone helps you understand the topic much better, as opposed to merely answering questions that may or may not stick to your brain after that study session is over.
4. Greasing the groove.
If you’ve read my article on how to enjoy working out, then you’re already familiar with the term. But for those who haven’t read that article, Greasing the groove is a training principle used to increase neurological pathways, gain strength and improve your ability to do a specific function.
What greasing the groove basically means is that instead of trying to accomplish something all at once, try to break it down into small chunks of works over time. As mentioned in that article (which you should definitely read btw), this training principle is one that you can implement in every aspect of your life including your study life.
For example, instead of sitting down to study for three hours at once, try to study for twenty minutes at different intervals throughout the day.
A good way to do this would be to fit in smaller study schedules throughout your day. Example, you can choose to study twenty minutes after you go through with your morning routine, then take a five minutes break and read for another twenty minutes and so on.
This is so much better than sitting down for a very long period of time as it will make studying less tedious and you won’t hurt your butt from sitting for so long all in the name of reading.
5. Solve, Solve, Solve.
This last tip is especially applicable when studying science subjects such as mathematics, physics and chemistry.
It’s easy to memorise a thousand formulas by merely scrolling through your textbooks, but that won’t do any good if you don’t apply them.
It’s not enough to cram all the formulas and definitions in a given topic, you have to deeply understand the basic concepts and even the derivation of some of those principles.
This is because often times, we may see more technical questions during tests and exams that requires you applying certain formulas in a different way that what is given (i.e you may be required to change the subject of the formula depending on the question).
Don’t just solve two questions and call it a day, solve as many as you can. If possible, solve every single question in every chapter of your textbook! (seems like a lot but trust me, it helps). The more you solve, the better understanding you’ll acquire.
Unless your examiner is a sorcerer, it is almost impossible to solve every single exercise under a required topic and not see a similar question in the exam paper.
There you go, the top five underrated study tips.
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