These tips can help you learn, memorise and improve your study skills.
• 10-minute bursts of concentration repeated often are much more effective than one long session. So, even if you have only 10 minutes to study, do it. Take a break. Then study for another 10 minutes. This “distributed learning” approach is highly efficient because it reflects the way the brain likes to work.
•If you start to feel tired after several days of study, have a day off. The reason for doing this is to refresh yourself. However, if you feel bad (“I really should be studying”) then your precious rest period had been used to create more stress and your brain won’t absorb new data. On days off from studying, really enjoy yourself and don’t feel bad about not studying.
• Don’t study if you are angry, distracted, or in a hurry. When the brain is relaxed, it’s like a sponge and it naturally absorbs data without effort. If you are stressed, you brain repels data. Forcing yourself to sit and study when your mind is on other things is a complete waste of time!
• When you learn something new, try to go over the points the same day. If you wait a few days and then make efforts to look over the material, it’ll seem much less familiar. However, if you look over what you have studied later on in the day, this will tend to cement the information into your brain. It’s also important to look over the work at regular intervals over the next few weeks.
• Why do runners sometimes strap lead weights to their legs? When you overemphasise actions during practice, the final result seems easy. This concept can be applied to studying anything.
• If you require certain things to be present to help you study, always try to make these a priority. For example, do you need special lighting, silence, music, available snacks etc? Pay attention to what works for you and repeat it each time you study to be successful.
• It’s normal for the brain to forget things. Instead of getting angry, you should be prepared for it and deal with it accordingly. As you learn new things, you find it more difficult to access older information. The trick here is simply to review. Include a quick review in each study session and this will solve the problem.
• Generally, if you schedule certain times for the day to study, you’ll get into the habit and accomplish more. If you just try to “fit it in” during your day, the chances are that you’ll never find the time. An efficient way to do this is to mark it down in your calendar as if you have appointment, like going to the doctor’s.
• One of the main reasons people don’t achieve their aims is because they set them too high. If they are manageable, you get into the habit of accomplishing them and gradually you can set higher ones. Also, recognise the difference between long-term and short-term aims.
Set your vision on the long-term dream, but focus your day-to-day activity on the short-term.
• People learn at different rates. Some people learn more quickly but worry that they aren’t going fast enough! In contrast, others learn more slowly but are more self-accepting, and end up learning the material in a shorter period of time. This is because they don’t waste energy blocking, getting upset, and thinking that they’re not good enough. They simply keep moving forward at a slower (but un-blocked) pace.
I hope you’ll find these tips helpful! ;)