For most students, studying is not a fun prospect. Finding the proper technique to study will lead to better grades and less stress in test taking. Everyone learns a different way. Try these tips to improve study habits.
Everyone’s style of studying is different. Some learn best in absolute silence. Others learn better with background noise. Still, others need interaction to study efficiently. It is imperative to figure out the environment that suits best. Do a little experiment, try each different setting for an hour then do a mock test. The test results should help determine which environment works for the student.
The key to memorizing facts is repetition. Repetition by itself can get boring. So mix it up by turning the information into a game. Not only does this repeat the information, but it also breaks the tedium of going over and over the same information.
Flashcards and word association help when associating terms with definitions. However, too much word association may cause the loss of the meaning of words. Anagrams work for short memorization lists. Longer lists may require a different technique because the sentence for the anagram may be forgotten or become twisted.
Another technique to retain information is to teach someone. It does not have to be a person, a dog, cat or fish will do. Teaching the dog Calculus might seem a little silly, but it is effective. Teaching will help with organization and retention. It may help clarify things not understood by saying it out loud. Hearing the information will help reinforce it in mind.
Taking short breaks is a key ingredient to studying. Trying to cram a lot of information at one time does not usually work. Break up studying sessions with a few breaks. Giving time for the brain to assimilate and store the information, will help for longer retention and less repetition. Just do not take too many breaks or make the breaks longer than the study session. This can hurt in the long run as the temptation to procrastinate is very strong.
Studying with others only helps if the focus is on the material and not on social issues. It is fairly easy to get distracted in large groups. Whiteboards and games bring competition to the table. Some thrive under the adrenaline rush of competition and this ideal for them.
Finding the best way to study may take a little experimentation. What works best for one might not work for another. From extreme quiet to loud study groups, the important thing is learning and keeping the material for the next test.