Every individual has their own study methods and it’s no secret that the same tricks don’t work for everyone. However, we’ve found a whole bunch of suggestions to add to your repertoire if you’re looking to try something new. Feel free to give them a trial run and see if they work for you!
1. Don’t look for shortcuts
Cramming causes anxiety, and this will ultimately lower the opportunity for material to transfer into your long-term memory, and consequently affect your ability to retain information.
Short term memory information is here for a good time but not a long time, so allowing information to transfer into your long-term memory is essential for future retention.
“Your brain is like a tree, learning causes a branch to grow, but sleep helps it to grow the leaves and other tiny branches that will sustain and strengthen it.”
When you sleep your brain assimilates the information you have learned when studying. Therefore getting a good night’s sleep is essential to being on top of your game!
Exercise changes the blood chemistry of your brain. It releases serotonin (mood booster), dopamine (aids learning and attention), and norepinephrine (aids awareness, attention and concentration). Therefore, aim to do 20-30 minutes of cardio every day.
5. Take regular breaks
It is essential to ensure you remain focused while studying, and study sessions that last too long may make information retention much more difficult.
Different students however have different personalities, and may prefer to study in different ratios during different times of the day.
To avoid embarking on a similar high school rant on forming proper study groups, we simply recommend you choose your study partners wisely for optimal productivity.
However, the primary focuses beyond who you choose, are what material you cover in each study session and how frequently the sessions occur.
It is advised that study sessions for each course are conducted at least once per week and last between 1-2 hours.
These sessions should be used to revise content already covered (or if the group prefers, content that will be covered in the near future). They should allow students to both take note of particular sections of covered content and explain them to the rest of the group, for mutual understanding.
Although individuals learn differently and study groups should be flexible enough to accommodate to all members’ needs, discretion should be exercised in ensuring the group remains on track with the objectives it wishes to achieve during every session.