As we reminisce about the fun we had at Holy name Convent Bazaar,with it’s array of stalls , guest performers at the disco and teenagers traipsing up and down ,we momentarily forget what must come after. Christmas end of term exams . Students are now hitting the books hoping to score that awesome Christmas gift they asked their parents for.which means studying.
Here are scientifically proven methods to studying smarter and acing that geography test.
- Get organized– Staying organized is key. Make sure you have a notebook for each class and organize your notes, handouts, graded tests, papers and quizzes. When you prepare to study, have all the materials – syllabus, pens, paper, pencils, calculator or whatever you’ll need for that particular study session. Use a planner to keep track of long- and short-term projects. Set a schedule and stick to it.
- Pick your time and place-Experts advise students to study in chunks of shorter time and to avoid marathon study sessions. If possible, it’s best to use work hours – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – for classes and studying. Look for spots with good lighting and few distractions. A study carrel at the library may be perfect for writing a paper or working equations, but there’s nothing wrong with getting cozy in a tucked-away corner of a coffee shop for some tasks, such as reviewing notes. Try studying at the same time daily, giving your most challenging classes top priority.
- Taking good notes-Class notes are a crucial part of studying in college. Taking good notes forces you to listen carefully and helps you remember the important points even before you study them. So when you’re taking notes during a lecture, listen carefully. Record only the main points and concentrate on key words, leaving plenty of white space to write in more information as needed. Take time to continue working on your notes as soon as possible. Add details you remember and review what you’ve written. Make note of any questions you have. Keep your notes neat and in order.
- Attend class and participate. Studying will be much more effective if you know what your professor and classmates are talking about. Participate in discussions and ask questions.
- Create study tools- Create outlines, timelines, charts and flashcards with your notes and reading materials. Simply working on these mini-projects can help you memorize the material, but using them to test yourself can reap rewards.
- Rethink reading– Painstakingly reading every word may not be your best strategy. Learn to scan chapter headings, introductions, summaries and keywords. Read actively, searching for the main points. Take notes and write summaries.
- Create possible test questions- Translate the text into your own words and think of your own examples so you’ll be able to write effective essays or summaries.
- Turn off your phone– When it comes to studying, multi-tasking is a myth. Since you’re studying in shorter chunks of time (see No. 2) you can turn your phone off and put it away to avoid being distracted by a text or call. Reward yourself after a productive hour or so with a quick peek – but get back to work until you’ve accomplished your mission.http://www.gradind.com/education/7-tips-to-study-smarter-not-harder
- Take breaks in between studying– breaks help brain to retain information better
My personal advice:
- Use apps or technology to your advantage. I use apps like Quizlet (https://quizlet.com). it allows you to create flashcards and access other flashcards created by other students around the world. there are other sites like edmodo etc.