Ways to study effectively

Jot down and participate
1. Lets face it lectures are boring (unless you have a really dynamic speaker). In order to help you get as much useful information from these lectures, bring a note book with you and take notes. The act of taking notes is not only for recording information but its also to help you pay attention by keeping you engaged in the lecture. As a follow up, be sure to ask questionsany questions. The act of mutual conversation between you and the lecturer is another form of engagement that will create a mental link to the information being shared. .....
Set up A Schedule And Stick to It
2. Cramming for an exam the night before is not the wisest course of action. Rather, plan ahead and schedule manageable study times throughout the week. This will make it easier for you to retain the information you study. .....
Sleep Tight
3. Theres nothing wrong with being a sleepyhead, especially when youre studying most of the time. Getting a good amount of sleep every night replenishes the energy you used up during the day and repairs the worn out cells of the body. .....
Eat for Your Body and Mind
4. Foods that contain vitamins and minerals that is good for the brain is essential when studying. Blueberries, blackcurrants, sage, nuts, green leafy vegetables, fish, whole grains, tomatoes and vitamin B complex supplements are just some of the surefire brain boosting foods that youll want to load up on to enhance memory retention. .....
Sweat It Out
5. The most effective brain exercise is physical exercise. Sweat it out in the gym or go jogging at a nearby park. Yoga, Zumba and some martial arts routines are amazing in keeping you calm and collected so your brain is always refreshed with a good supply of oxygen. .....
Choose A Comfortable Study Area
6. A comfortable study area is important, like a study table in your room, a nook in your home library, or anywhere theres good ventilation and lighting. However, make sure this area isnt too comfortable or youll fall face down on your book and in minutes, youll be snoring away. .....
Put All Distractions Aside
7. Make sure you dont have anything on you that will distract you from the task at hand. Have all those unnecessary gadgets and gizmos turned off and somewhere out of your reach. This also includes computer distractions such as social media, entertainment, games, and blogs. .....
Organize Your Study Materials and Supplies
8. Pens, extra sheets of paper, neon markers, pencils, erasers, your notes, books or just about anything that you need should be within your arms reach when studying. This way you dont have to get up and walk around the room to find the stuff you need and risk getting distracted. The only time you need to stand up should be when you take your bathroom breaks, study breaks and when you are done studying. .....
Prepare Your Heart and Mind
9. Prepare your mind and clear it from all distractions in order that you may concentrate on the subjects that you have to study. Your mind should not be concerned with the fight that you had with your loved one or the everyday troubles that you have to face. .....
Create An Outline
10. If youre not quite sure what to study first, list down all the things you need to study and make an outline out of it. Start with your notes or your recorded lectures and make sure everything that youre told to study is covered and noted. .....
The SQ3R Technique
11. Since a huge chunk of your study time is spent on reading, try employing reading techniques like the SQ3R. It teaches you to Survey the contents of the book or reading material, Question the reasons you need to read the material, Read and understand the text, Recite the salient points in what you just have read and take down notes if there are any, and Review take a few days or a week to go over what you read in order to better familiarize yourself with the material. .....
Employ Mnemonic Devices
12. Employ mnemonic devices which aim at translating information into a form that the human brain can retain better than its original form. For example, if you want to remember the colors of the rainbow. Remember the name Roy G. Biv. It sounds like a weird name but in reality it stands for Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. .....
Draw Flowcharts
13. If youre trying to memorize a process, like how the human digestive system works, drawing a flowchart is a great tool to use especially if you are a visually receptive individual and respond to illustrations or abstractions. You dont have to make a really detailed flowchart like the ones computer programmers would use, just make sure the arrows are correctly situated or the drawings are easy to relate to. .....
Take Breaks Relax
14. Relaxation should be part of your study schedule. Take fifteen minute powernaps, walk break, game time, anything that is not related to studying. .....
Study Now And Study Again Later
15. If youve read the chapter once, theres no harm in reading it one more time. Reading it all over again helps you remember the information. Just make sure that you understand what youre reading so its easier for that information to switch over into your long term memory. .....
Create Tools For Reviewing
16. Flashcards are one of the best tools for studying. Jot down important information such as definitions, key points, name, dates, etc. and take the flashcards with you wherever you go. Throughout the day, pull them out and review the information you jotted down. .....
Study With Friends
17. There are a lot of benefits from studying in a group. Group interactions will help you cement the information discussed in your memory. Moreover, different perspectives on the given study subject could broaden your understanding and application. .....
Dont Study While Youre Sick Or Better Yet Avoid Getting Sick
18. When you are sick, the best thing to do is just rest. Its almost impossible to fully engage your mind in studying due to the major distraction of pain, discomfort, drug side effects, etc. Rest and full recuperation is the best course of action. .....
Sing Like No Ones Listening But You
19. It sounds a little crazy but for some people, it does work. Change the lyrics to your favorite nursery rhyme or novelty song with the lines from the chapter youre trying to memorize. Before you know it, youll be humming that which you have been trying to memorize. .....
Hydrate
20. One glass of water can go a long way for your brains health. Try to avoid coffee, power drinks, caffeinated drinks, etc. and instead drink water. After all 78% of your brain is, in fact, water. .....
Record Your Notes And Learn From Yourself
21. Does your professor suffer from that horrible monotone voice? Why dont you replace it with your own instead? Try recording yourself reading a good summary of your notes. Then, you can replay yourself and viola, no more monotone voice (unless of course you suffer from the same ailment). .....
If Plan A Doesnt Work Move On To Plan B
22. Never push yourself with a routine that youre not comfortable with because itll only strain your mind and not help you study any better. It may take some time to figure out what the best study habits are for you. Nevertheless, dont be afraid to gradually adjust them to what works for you. .....
Practice Makes Perfect
23. Theres no way around it, practice makes perfect. Repetition is one of the best ways to solidify information that you are trying to study. .....
Studying is Fun Trust Me
24. Studying is probably one of the least enjoyable things to do for some people. However, it helps if you dont see it as a chore. Rather, see it as a leisure event where youre just reading for the heck of it. It may sound really far out but the more you like the topic and the more you get engrossed with it, the faster it gets absorbed into your brain. .....
Positivity Courage and Confidence
25. In everything that you do, how you face the issue will eventually show in the outcome. Confidence plays an important role in studying. The more confident and open-minded you are the more determined you will be when it comes time to answer the questions on a test. Never think you cannot learn something. Never .....
The value of a schedule
26. Before you even begin to think about the process of studying, you must develop a schedule. If you dont have a schedule or plan for studying, then you will not have any way of allocating your valuable time when the unexpected comes up. A good, well thought out schedule can be a lifesaver. Its up to you to learn how to develop a schedule that meets your needs, revise it if necessary, and most important, follow it. .....
A schedule saves time
27. All schedules should be made with the idea that they can be revised. A good schedule keeps you from wandering off course. A good schedule, if properly managed, assigns time where time is needed, but youve got to want to do it .....
When to study do
28. The problem of when to study is critical. A good rule of thumb is that studying should be carried out only when you are rested, alert, and have planned for it. Last minute studying just before a class is usually a waste of time. .....
Making and revising a schedule
29. Dont be afraid to revise your schedule. Schedules are really plans for how you intend to use your time. If your schedule doesnt work, revise it. If you need help setting up a study schedule for yourself, online resources like tutoring at takelessons might be useful to teach you best practices for success. You must understand that your schedule is to help you develop good study habits. Once you have developed them, schedule building becomes easier. .....
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