Studying never has been easy, Ask anyone and they will say that studying is the toughest part of life with few exceptions. Studying doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, there are plenty of simple methods that exist that simplify the entire process.
It’s true, not all methods work for every person, but, with a little bit of trial-and-error, you can find the methods that work for you and stick with them like your life depends on it. Or, at least, like your grades do. You can always get some ideas through which you can improve your studying style and retain information better.
Jagranjosh.com has come up with 10 study tricks/ hacks which are very valuable for students form all walks of life and for students who are from different courses. So, if you are an engineering students or planning to sit for an MBA entrance exams or for CBSE board exams you should really try and see how they work amazingly work for you!
1. Create a morning habit
Creating a morning habit will give your energy for the day ahead.
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You can be on top of your game by following a morning routine so that you accomplish more early, which in turn can motivate you to be even more productive throughout the rest of the day. A routine gives you structure and breaks down your morning hours into smaller chunks of work that are easier to do. We recommend listening to a podcast or inspirational music on YouTube, It has some brilliant music pieces that help in focusing and remembering while studying.
2. Do your Onerous/laborious/ tedious work early
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Onerous work is the that your analytical brain does that requires a lot of concentration to perform the most complex tasks (in the case of studying, these can be reading, comprehension, application, and repetition). Some scientists call this time of day the brain’s peak performance time, and it's roughly 2-4 hours after we wake up. So, for example, if you wake up at 6, your peak times are between 8 and 10. Be sure to block this time to cover your most important work, and leave other activities such as checking your Facebook. Whatsapp and Instagram updates, your emails, and the news for later in the day.
3. The Rule of Three
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This is most effective rule one should really apply in his/her daily chores of study. The rule states that human brain can retain three things at a time. So when you try to memorize, make sure to break the matter in three parts. This is more effective and scientifically proven. For example if you want to memorize a ten digit number, break it in three groups of 4–3–3 digits. Also if you go through a topic thrice in 24 hours you tend to remember it for longer period of time. So do a quick revision of what you read in the day( half an hour) just before sleeping and a recap in the morning before starting.
4. Become a time management pro
When you're ready to start studying use a timer to divide up your day into manageable study sessions that will allow your brain to focus in a more targeted and effective way. For instance, you can create 30 or 60 minute blocks. You can also try the Pomodoro technique which consists of 25 minute blocks of time, followed by 5 minute breaks. When you're done with one segment, step away from your desk, and do something completely unrelated to work to give your brain a chance to rest: take a 5 minute walk, stretch your body, grab a cup of coffee or tea.
5. Use your evening for strategic thinking
Evening is typically the time of day when the brain slows down, doesn't go at top speed to adhere to deadlines, so it has space for more creative thinking. Use this time for activities such as:
Setting study goals for the week
Strategizing how to optimize your learning (find new learning tools or apps)
Reviewing your schedule for the next day
Contemplating the big picture with these questions:
- Where you would like to be once you've completed your exams?
- What are your long term goals?
- What is the career you want for yourself?
What are the steps you'll need to take to get started on the next phase of your professional development?
6. Try difficult questions before sleeping
Sub-conscious mind is a strong tool and somehow it knows a lot more than focused mind. Providing your sub-conscious mind something to remember before sleeping comes very handy in learning and solving hard questions. This might sound absurd but is one of the best techniques and has been used by a lot of inventors in the history to solve and innovate when stuck in seemingly impossible problems.
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7. Learn in a variety of places
Psychologically speaking, the best way to retain information is to keep all factors as constant as possible. That means, if you take an exam in your classroom, you should study in your classroom. This will connect that location to the things you studied. Since that is not always possible, the second best way is to not attach any location to your studying. When you connect a location to your studying, you will remember more information in that location, and less in others. That is why you always say you learned it but cannot recollect it. Train your brain to use the information in every place, so the information will be more readily available.
8. Categorize Yourself
Know your true self, chart your strengths and weaknesses for an adequate plan for studying. It is more important to figure out which study strategies works best for you than to worry about where you lag in the learning spectrum. Find out the comfortable studying material (like notes, books or online webinars) to understand the concepts that are simple and straight forward. You learn faster and better from the source you’re already familiar with.
9. Act like a teacher
When you are done with a topic, we assume that you know it well. Now stand in front of your friends, family or just stand alone and act like you are a teacher and explain that topic in class. While giving presentation, be confident of what you say. Do not hurry or hesitate. Watch your tone and your expression. Get a white board and make graphs, flow charts or write what is important on it during presentation. This will not just give you confidence of speaking but it will also help you to evaluate yourself on how much you remember.
10. Exercise before you study (and consistently!)
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Exercise has both long and short-term effects on cognition. When you exercise, your body interprets the physical stress as you fighting or fleeing an enemy and activates your sympathetic nervous system. In response, your brain is flooded with extra blood, rich in oxygen and nutrients, to make what it thinks could be life-saving decisions. It’s even been demonstrated that exercise can lead to neurosis, or the creation of new brain cells–a process previously thought impossible.
Certainly, there are such a wide variety of benefits of these study hacks/tricks that it can be difficult to condense it down into just a few paragraphs, but, there are two major areas to think about; Gain of knowledge, as well as personal and professional development. In terms of personal development, applying these tricks would increase and definitely improve the chances of employability. You will start pursuing interests and activities you might not have done earlier. Actually, it will be help you in studying smartly which is like killing two birds with one stone, and is far more efficient as opposed to studying hard.
Some of the benefits that you will acquire after applying these study hacks in your day to day life can be summarize as:
- You will start pushing your limits and grow as a person
- Start seeing the world from a completely new perspective
- Learn to interact with a different people (a crucial part of a modern globalized education)
- Learn new skills (particularly being creative)
- Become a more interesting well rounded individual
- Become more marketable to future employers
Jagranjosh.com. will end up saying, The best human feeling possible is the feeling to evolve and grow.
The feeling that learning brings is the feeling worth every sacrifice, worth every penny of the pain one experiences when working, studying, learning, exploring and evolving!
Keeping studying and rocking!!!