How to Study Efficiently
When you’re studying, sometimes there are so many things going on at the same time. Exams, projects, extra-curricular activities and the like all happen at the same time, and it may seem overwhelming. Studying efficiently, but effectively, is your key to getting everything done without sacrificing the quality of your studying. Here’s how to do it.
There’s been a lot of opinions on the necessity of attending one’s class, but unless your teacher reads straight out of the textbook, attending classes is a necessity. Having a sensory experience of learning your lessons will help your recall more. Your teacher will be readily available to synthesize your lessons, and ask questions if you have any. You can interact with your classmates. Your memory stores all these experiences, and will help you in having a better recall of what you’ve learned for the day.
Taking notes is another way to learn your lessons. Having your own notes is like having your own code on what to learn. Borrowing someone else’s notes can be incomprehensible and trying to crack someone else’s code. Synthesizing your lessons in your own terms will make it easier to recall after.
As much as you don’t want to admit it, cramming doesn’t always work. You need to absorb your lessons fully, and you need to do it a little at a time. Prioritize what you need to accomplish, what you need to study, and distribute it into smaller, bite-size pieces. Digesting your lessons this way will be a lot easier than just taking one big bit and trying to swallow it whole. (see how to overcome procrastination)
Visual aides, mnemonics and talking to yourself are all important in the sensory learning of your lessons. Do what works for you, even if you think it looks stupid. For example, using visual cues to recall important facts will be an easier way to remember them than just rote memorization. Try to remember what sets off your memory faster, and which of your five senses is more likely to trigger it.
Remember that there is no shortcut when it comes to studying. Studying efficiently means studying whenever you can, wherever you can. Take opportunities to learn as much as you can. Good luck. For more information regarding this topic, read how to get good grades.
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