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Tips for Effective Study

April 9th, 2013 1:12 am

There are some general study tips that can help your study:

Make things interesting.
There is little doubt that no two people study the same way, and it is a near certainty that what works for one person may not work for another. No one would argue that every subject that you have to take is going to be so interesting that studying it is not work but pleasure.
You can make a group effort. Get some friends together – friends who are actually interested in studying, that is – and have everyone bring over their flash cards. Pass them around and quiz each other. If anyone is unclear on a concept, take turns explaining them to each other

Manage your time.
Time is the most valuable resource a student has. It is also one of the most wasted of resources. The schedule you develop should guide you in how to allocate the available time in the most productive manner.
Before you even begin to think about the process of studying, you must develop a schedule. If you don’t have a schedule or plan for studying, then you will not have any way of allocating your valuable time when the unexpected comes up. A good, well thought out schedule can be a lifesaver. It’s up to you to learn how to develop a schedule that meets your needs, revise it if necessary and most important, and follow it.
Don’t be afraid to revise your schedule. Schedules are really plans for how you intend to use your time. If your schedule doesn’t work, revise it. You must understand that your schedule is to help you develop good study habits. Once you have developed them, schedule building becomes easier.

Try to focus using a question/answer process.
Ask yourself questions about the material that you have just studied at the end of the study. Write each answer on a piece of paper; do this a few times if some facts are particularly elusive.

Find a good study spot.
You can study anywhere. You should feel comfortable, but not so comfortable that you risk falling asleep – a bed isn’t a very good study spot when you’re tired! The place where you study should be relatively quiet (traffic outside your window and quiet library conversations are fine, but interrupting siblings and music blasting in the next room are not). Libraries, study lounges or private rooms are best.

Study in 20-50 minute chunks.
It takes time for your brain to form new long-term memories, and you can’t just keep studying flat out. Take 5-10 minute breaks minimum and do something physically active to get your blood flowing and make you more alert. Do just enough to get yourself pumped, but not worn out.

Rewrite your notes at home.
When you’re in class, emphasize recording over understanding or neatness when you take notes. Rewrite your notes as soon after the class as possible, while the material is fresh in your mind so that you can fill in any gaps completely from memory. The process of rewriting your notes is a more active approach to studying–it engages your mind in a way that just reading the notes doesn’t.

The study skills presented here depend on one thing, and that is your willingness to WANT to improve and do well in school. If you really don’t want to make the effort and sacrifice, no amount of suggestions, ideas, or outlines can help much. You are the one who is responsible for your education, and effective study skills can help you. To that end, one last word of advice – work smart, not hard.

Tips on Studying For History Exams

March 7th, 2013 2:15 am

Your history test is tomorrow and now is the time to study. The best approach is what? What follows are some ideas that will help you do very well on your upcoming history test.

Create a list of definitions. Make up a list of terms and definitions on your own if the instructor doesn’t supply you with one. It may take some time, but go through your notes and text and write the words and important concepts. Exposure makes a person familiar which enables him to explain a historical term with ease.

The definitions should be understood. There may be some words you don’t understand the meaning of. It’s best to understand the meaning of the words for your history test rather than just trying to memorize the definitions. Attempt to write a number of paragraphs utilizing every word that applies. You will have a better understanding of the terms on your history test if you can do this put them into the correct context.

Know your best learning method. People learn in different ways. It is best to figure out which way you learn best. Perhaps you learn best by seeing words and concepts in front of you. If so, then writing a lot is a good way to study for history. Create illustrations of historical concepts like past wars or leadership hierarchies. Interpret from end to end your notes and pictures on the page. Develop knowledge in your memory by doing this. You will probably wind up with lots of notes to study from, but visual learners benefit from writing things down as it helps them to remember them better which, in turn, helps them perform better on tests.

It’s best to hear concepts aloud if you are an auditory learner. Reading about concepts won’t help you much. For auditory learners it is better to study for a history exam using audio notes. Record any important historical terms, events and concepts onto a recording device like a tape recorder or your computer’s sound recorder. Replay the information until you begin to remember the facts for your test. (No one will ever know that you’re studying if you save it to your iPod and wear it around school before your history test begins!)

Physically experiencing concepts helps tactile learners. This means you like to feel something in your hand and this can help to put a historical concept into long-term memory. Use flashcards to study for history tests. Why not set out little historical scenarios so that you can visualize what happened so many years ago. Reading or listening alone will not help you retain more information the way tactile movements will. This is the best way as a tactile learner to study for history.