Since secondary school, most students have been taught the “right” way to study: Dedicate yourself. Memorize. Lock yourself in a quiet room and don’t leave until you know the material. Recently, however, the New York Times reported that many of these habits are scientifically unsound, and that some strategies that seem counter intuitive actually do work. Below are some of the methods the Times sheds light on, plus ones that we have found to be tried and true:
Alternate Study Spaces
Although some people swear by the library,cognitive scientists suggests study spaces is a more effective way to retain information, according to New York Times. Memory is coloured by location, and changing your study locales increases likelihood of remembering what you have have learned.
Study And Homework Group
Never underestimate the power of your peers, especially when working through a difficult problem sets or reading assignment. Dividing and conquering is an effective way to reduce your workload — and to make sure you understand the material. You might even make a friend in the process
Make Use Of Flashcards
Sometimes the best habits are the ones we have used forever. Flashcards are oldies but are goodies — writing notes and definitions more than once will help imprint information to your memory, and the cards are a great way to develop and use mnemonic devices and associative phrases.
As much as we hate tests, the new york times reports that not only affirm knowledge but enhance it. Consistent testing can help us relearn and recall information, and it pays off when preparing for final examinations.
‘Night class’ is a daily ritual in the studentship of many Nigerian students. This has become a norm in institution as students spend at much as seven hours reading ,thus, depriving themselves of the much needed sleep. Psychologists assert that sleep is important for effective reading and easy assimilation of information. A tired mind is a slow mind. Get enough sleep and watch your GPA rise
Don’t Categorize yourself
Students often categorize themselves as either auditory or visual learners, or as been left-brained or right-brained thinkers. According to New York Times, research has shown that these distinction is largely erroneous. It is more important to figure out which study strategies work for you than to worry about where you lie on the learning spectrum.
Go To Class
This one might seem very obvious, but large lectures, crowded classrooms and early start-times often make class shall we say, optional. The best way to prepare for tests is to attend classes and participate. You will have already begun the process of reviewing and will know what to expect on the exam (especially if you have not done the reading.)
Don’t Immerse Yourself In Subject Material
In keep with the old proverb that values quality over quantity, scientists have found out that immersion is not an effective way of study. Rather than sticking to one subject and spend hours attempting to master it, you should switch between a few (related) topics. It will be less boring and you will learn more.
Manage Your Time
The only worse thing than having a deadline is missing a deadline. Stay organized, cut down on procrastination and your workload will feel much more manageable.
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