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How to Study Effectively

Many people find studying to be a real drag, but if you're going to do it, you may as well do it right.

Instructions

  • 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.

You Will Need

  • Distraction-free environment
  • Something to study
  • Pen and paper
  • Lectures
  • podcasts
  • and videos
  • Naps (optional)

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