Study Right With These Tips
Everyone's learning styles differ, but there are some tips that can help make anyone better at studying.
Start early in the year
The key to memorizing information is to give yourself time to commit it to memory. Trying to review a list of important dates for a history test the day before is not likely to help you memorize the information. Instead start early in the year and review the information periodically.
Use lists or flashcards
Creating flashcards is a simple and effective way to learn important facts and vocabulary. Write down new terms every week and review them throughout the semester. As your list grows you may find you need to dedicate a short period of time each day to reviewing the terms.
It may be nice to have the TV going while studying, but it is important to minimize distractions. Set a period of time to dedicate to school work and find a quiet environment. This will allow you to concentrate and work faster.
Rewrite your notes
Taking notes in class can be a valuable study tool, but be sure you can read them when the time comes to study. The act of writing the information may help answer questions as you look at it more closely. You may also identify gaps in your information and areas that need further research.
Start with broad topics
Work hard to understand the material, not just memorize facts. Start with the general concepts and then work toward more specific information. This will let your brain form connections between the information that aid in memorization.
It may not seem like it, but your body is expending energy as you study. If you get hungry during a study session, grab a healthy snack like an apple or carrots.