Do you get bored of reading? Do you get frustrated with all the clumsy lecture notes you have to go through in order to pass an exam test? Do all your “genius” friends seem too nerdy and asocial for you to learn from? Well, you are not alone in this; here are 10 simple and straight forward science based tips to aid you with your study:
- Study before bed.
During sleep, the brain strengthens new memories, thereby proving advantageous because it is likely to improve the number of things you’d remember afterwards.
- Teach someone else.
When you study not only to passively remember, but also to teach, you increase the amount of information you can retain because that way, you also think of practical applications and illustrations to go with the subject matter.
- Switch subjects.
Studying a single subject for long periods is not only boring; it could be unhealthy for your academic well-being. Alternating between subjects helps your brain to switch gears and hence, stay alert.
- Get good rest.
Lack of sleep might have detrimental effects on memory, retention and processing of information. How then do you go about it? Develop a healthy schedule that would suite your reading and rest as well. This is because it might take days to feel and perform normally after a night of no sleep, thereby decreasing productivity.
- Test your knowledge.
Giving yourself tests or even taking an online quiz will help you t identify those areas in which you have weakness. Research also credits it to be a profitable way to prepare for the “real thing.”
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- Take breaks in-between study sessions.
Spacing out studies rather than just reading through for long hours has proven to strengthen retention. “Spaced-retention” is a new study technique that involves breaking up information into small chunks and reviewing them consistently over a long period of time.
- Tell a tale.
Turning the pieces of information you read/learn about into stories is a very creative way of making information more meaningful and retainable. E.g.
On old Olympus’ towering top a Finn and German view some hops.
Can be used to remember the twelve cranial nerves:
Hypoglossal nerves respectively.
- Give yourself a treat.
Make study fun! Give yourself a treat! Rewarding yourself for some accomplished missions makes it easier to avoid the den of procrastination.
Studies prove that about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise helps your brain to process information faster. Helpful tips would be to consider doing some light cardio, cycling, joggling or walking.
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- Change locations.
Studying the same materials in a different place forces the brain to form new associations with the information, making you less likely to forget what you have learned. Changing locations makes the brain to form new associations with different places, thereby making the memory stronger.