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Tips for Effective Study

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

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.

Ways To Overcome Tests

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Any exam is important. Doing it well is what learners expect. They were hard-working and tried a lot to get good results. However, not every learner can be pleased with their results, they even felt disappointed and didn’t know how to overcome a exam. For that, you don’t let yourself fall into a such situation by considering the following tips to help you succeed in your tests.

First of all, when you study for a test, you shouldn’t be learning something completely new. It is faster and easier to recall something you have already learned than to learn something completely new. After each day of classes, it is a good idea to review everything you have learned. It doesn’t have to be a long review either. Simply jog through the day’s topics. That way, you give your brain another chance to soak up the information. Hopefully, this review will make future studying less time consuming and less of a learning process.

Where you study is important. Find a place that’s readily available with minimal distractions. A popular place to study is home. However, for some, home can be too distracting as it is easy to get sidetracked. What may help is if you study in a place that’s similar to the place where you’re going to take the test. When you study, you might associate certain topics with the environment. So if you take the test in a similar environment, you can more easily retrieve these associations. For example, if you’re going to write a test in a gymnasium, it may help to study in a gymnasium.

Some people study well in a group since they can get help from others in areas in which they are lacking. They may also gain insight from others on what they have overlooked and which areas to focus on for the test. On the other hand, some people study well alone. They know what they have to study. Also, a group can be distracting as they engage in off-topic conversation or try to do everything but study. You’re the one who knows yourself the best, so determine what works best for you.

There are a variety of methods you can use when studying. For example, when studying for a test, you can do different things, like reading through your textbook, reading through course notes, answering textbook questions, redoing past assignments, reviewing previous tests, researching online, talking with others, and more. You can also use memory-improving techniques like mnemonics, visualization, and association. Try a combination of different studying methods and track your results.

In addition, state of being is important for studying. It has been shown that if you study while intoxicated, you will do better if you take the test while intoxicated. If you study while sober, you will do better if you take the test while sober. The sober case showed better results than the intoxicated case. Thus it’s better to stay away from the drinks while studying and while taking the test.