Whether you’re in college straight after school or returning to education after several years, many of us worry if we’re studying in the right way.
This worry can be counterproductive to us actually learning and retaining the information we’re trying to.
The fact of the matter is that people study in different ways and a lot of this will come down to if a person is left-brained or right-brained, more visual or more analytical etc. While visuals and mind maps might work for some. Learning and re-writing will work better for others.
However, there are some common techniques that will boost the way that everyone studies.
Take a look through and make sure you’re doing them.
The 10 secrets of successful and effective studying.
1. Try to study at the same times each day
Studying at the same times each day will establish a routine that will become a regular part of your life, like sleeping and eating. The world starts working early and college is your business. So get up and open for business – same time every day.
2. Attend every class
Never miss a class for any reason. Don’t be sick, don’t sleep in, don’t take a traffic jam, don’t do anything that causes you to miss a class. Your parents are paying a bucket of money for you to go to those. Do not let them down.
3. Sit front and center in every class
Always sit down in the front row, directly in front of the lecturer. It will focus your attention and set you free from fiddling, day-dreaming, doodling and browsing on Facebook.
4. Use laptops and smartphones wisely
Laptops and phones can bring down your grade. Seriously. Send emails, surf the web and post on Facebook or schedule your updates after your classes or during the breaks.
5. Take proper care of your body and healthy meals
Avoid eating a heavy meal before studying it will I make you sleepy. Try to eat small and frequent meals during the day. Do sports in your free time till the end of your life.
6. Ask questions
Talk to the professor. Face to face. Always ask “why” – it’s an important question for a small word! Professors like initiative and proactive students.
7. Get enough sleep
Sleep is important. When you properly rest, your brain strengthens the knowledge you have learned during the day by assimilating information. So the better you sleep, the better you learn.
8. Review your notes
Immediately after class review your notes. You’ve got lots of abbreviations and shorthand. While they are still fresh in your mind, take a scan through the notes. If you missed a point and skipped some space, don’t forget to take the information later from the prof or a classmate.
9. Start with the most difficult subject first
Always start your homework with the most difficult assignment or subject, it requires the most effort and mental energy from you. Never procrastinate your planned study session. Procrastination leads to rushing, rushing to errors.
10. Do not study in a dorm
Your friends, time-wasters and strangers will be parading into your room without end. Your dorm is a social place and home, not work. For studying go to the quiet libraries. It is the last place on the campus where your friends are going to come in and chat it up.