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1. Know the best time of day for you to study. Some people function better in the mornings, some better at night. Experiment and find the time you’re most alert.
2. Schedule study time in your calendar. Set aside specific time in your schedule and make it a habit.
3. Don’t cram. As a busy student, it may be tempting to put studying off until the last minute. It’s more effective to study a little over a long period of time than to cram a lot into a short period of time.
4. Make flashcards so you can study on the go!
5. Ask your friends for their study tips. They’re probably busy too so find out how they personally manage and see if it works for you, too.
Have you tried a mnemonic device yet to help you study? A mnemonic device is a memorization technique using clues to help us remember information, usually by associating information we want to remember with an image, a sentence or a word.
One of the most common mnemonic devices is to create a sentence where the first letter of each word represents something you want to remember. For example, a way to remember the order of the planets is: My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets = Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
Rhyming is another great way to remember things. For example, a rhyme to remember when Christopher Columbus discovered America goes: In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue.
There are tons of other mnemonic devices for you to try. So go ahead and get a little fun and creative with your studying.
We’ve all heard the old advice to “study hard.” But some learning experts say that the way we study isn’t always the way our brains learn. Here’s some advice to help you get more from your study sessions.
- Study. Break. Study. Break. Rather than studying for several hours straight, try studying in 10-minute bursts. You’ll remember more.
- Relax to learn better. Leave yourself time to study and think about what you’re learning. And be sure to relax. When you’re stressed, you don’t learn.
- Review the same day. Go over your notes the same day while it’s still fresh. It’ll help cement that information in your brain.
- Start big and go small. We understand things better when we focus on big ideas first and then get into the details.
- Remember that we forget. Experts call it “brain fade”: old information gets pushed out by new information. So remember to review things you’ve studied before to bring it all back.
- Set reasonable goals. Don’t try to do bite off too much at once. Start early and set smaller goals that you can reach more easily. Then you’ll have a better chance of it all coming together.