I decided to share my notes taken from this amazing 1 hour Youtube lecture by Marty Lobdell. i really liked him and his tips, i think they are super effective and cover a lot of situations! i highly recommend it!!!!! wow
but here are the tips and examples Marty mentions, so if you don’t have the time to go through the full hour, you can just scroll down. hope this helps somebody!
Break your study time in chunks with breaks
most students lose focus at 25 minutes
it’s a mistake to keep going once you do, since you won’t actually learn anything and you’ll hate every minute of it
so when you start losing focus take a 5 minute break
do something nice like talking to someone or listening to music
it’s something you practice so with time you’ll be able to work for more time without losing focus
in the end of the study session have a big reward you look forward to
a study area
environment highly affects the way you act. Bedrooms are for sleeping, kitchens for eating: you’ll feel sleepy in your bedroom and hungry in the kitchen. So if you have a study area, it’ll be easier to start studying and staying focused.
study in a specific room like an office or school library if you can
if you have to study in your bedroom use a specific object you only use for studying: a lamp/desk. Make it a no-distraction, away from your bed, blank walls area.
more active the learning, the better
80% active learning 20% passive
ask yourself: is
it a concept or a fact?
learning a concept: understand/grasp/know it
put it into your own words
really think about the meaning of it
relate it with something you already
teach somebody else. Recapitulate
what you’ve learned. Talk out loud even if you don’t have anyone to teach - talk alone. Or at anyone that listens.
learning a fact: memorize it
(e.g. colours of the rainbow RoyGBiv – red orange yellow green blue indigo
sayings - anything popular or sayings you’ve heard since you were a child.
images – work even better if they’re weird. Creative associations make you
never forget specific details. (e.g. 1 gram of fat has 9 calories: picture a
fat cat – each cat has 9 lives)
any time 2 things are highly similar
but not the same you will get maximal interference!! USE mnemonics!! (e.g. afferent vs efferent neurons:
SAME - Sensory Afferent Motor Efferent)
Be a part of study
others can help you in ways you never thought before
Recognizing VS remembering
never confuse the two
while reviewing a chapter you may recognize concepts but not actually know them
and when you get to the test you won’t be able to remember any of it
so quiz yourself without looking at it
or stop in a page of your notes/textbook and ask yourself what is the concept immediately after and before it
Get your REM
get ~8 hours so you don’t undo your studying
this is how your brain stores permanent
without it you’re ability to remember seriously decreases
most people don’t even begin to take the advice but it’s simple: sleep better. Do better.
162 hours in a week. There is time.
reflect on what you are doing with your time and what activities you have to prioritize to succed as a student
notes is vital.
right after the class take 5 minutes to expand everything you’ve jotted down,
give it depth.
NOT hours later. You won’t remember half the things you wrote down.
Ask your questions to class mates and teachers.
teachers want you to succeed and it’s more than ok to ask your question in the teacher’s office or in the next class
How to use a textbook: SQ3R technique
Survey Question Read Recite Review
skim through the entire chapter in a couple of minutes.
Raise questions: e.g. what
is osmosis? What is this graphic about? What is a prototype?
causes you to look for answers and you’ll find the information better once you actually study it after. If you intend
to find something you learn it better.
studying for tests early.
don’t undo yourself. You should only be reviewing the days before the test. don’t leave it till the last minute!
(don’t just scroll through this!!!! really think about these methods and how you can actually implement them so you can benefit from them!!! these actually work but only if you put them into practice boo good luck!)