So you want to study effectively. If you’re a student you probably wondering, what is the most effective way to study? That’s a smart question because most of the students, unfortunately, waste their time with stuff that just isn’t effective. Here are the top strategies to make you study effectively.
Five hours of study crammed into one intensive session is not as good as that same five hours spread out over two weeks. You will learn more and get better results with the same amount of time or less. It’ll be less stressful and panic of cramming and because you learn more. You’ll also reduce the time you need to study in the future because while you to re-learn the same information. Make a plan and schedule short study sessions to your calendar this is not about marathon intensive periods of study.
Review information from each class starting a day later, after you cover the most recent class go back and study important older information to keep it fresh and don’t just re-read your notes that’s ineffective use the other strategies in this article/blog post and leave two to three days between study sessions on the same subject.
Switch between ideas during a single study session for a particular class this is called “interleaving”. Don’t study one idea topics or type of problems for too long, switching will highlight and contrast similarities or difference between topics or types of questions. If you’re doing problem-solving switching can help you approach to solve a problem. This strategy will encourage you to make the link between ideas as you switch between them. You want to remind nimble easily able to jump between ideas that relate to each other. Make sure you study enough information to understand an idea before you switch you need to figure out what works best for you.
Don’t spend an entire session on one topic but don’t switch too often either. Try to make links between ideas as you move between them and for your next study session change the order you work through topics because that will strengths your understanding even more. Switching will probably feel harder when studying one topic for a long time but remember we want to use what’s most effective not what’s easiest.
Improvements come with practice if you want to get better in study effectively for exams. Then you should practice recalling information now just like you practice any other skill, plus it highlights what you don’t know and that’s where you should focus your study time. Makes sense, right?