Many people find studying to be a real drag, but if you're going to do it, you may as well do it right.
Step 1: Choose the right environment Choose an environment for studying where you will be free from distractions including phone calls, television, or other interruptions.
Step 2: Prioritize your studies Prioritize your study materials so that the most important or the hardest is finished first.
Step 3: Read for comprehension Read your materials over once for basic comprehension. Don't stress about remembering it all on the first read.
Step 4: Read and take notes Read the material again, taking notes and summarizing the main ideas in your own words.
TIP: Make new material stick by relating it to something you already know or care about. Context and emotion enhance our ability to remember.
Step 5: Use you senses Use your senses to assist with learning. When possible, don't just read, but listen to lectures or podcasts, and watch instructional videos. Build a rich understanding of the material.
Step 6: Quiz yourself Quiz yourself without the aid of any notes. Write down your answers or speak them aloud. In other words, rehearse for the test.
TIP: Take a nap after a heavy study session to allow your brain time to rest. Napping after studying can help with recall.
Step 7: Test yourself again Test yourself again and again, at different times of the day and week. This "self-testing" will reinforce your studies so that when the real test arrives, you'll be ready.
FACT: In ancient Greece and Rome, people used the "loci" memorization method, which involves visualizing placing each thing you need to remember in a familiar room or on a familiar road, and picking it up as you take a mental walk around the room or down the road.