There are always those group of kids! School seems to come easy to them. they get that 100 while everyone else is lagging behind. I should know. I am one of those kids. When I get mad at myself for that 92, everyone else is always telling me that I’m overreacting. And then as I reflect, I agree. It can be super demotivating when another person antagonizes high grades that reflect another person’s excellence or improvement. Regardless, we all want those good grades. well, I want to share something with all of you. Those students don’t sit in their room and study all day. Instead, they devise clever strategies that maximize their learning and minimize stress. They do study. however, their studying strategies are more effective. They can learn more in 20 minutes than another student in an hour. So, here are some ways you can efficiently study:
Learn the art of active learning
When you are in the classroom, don’t just sit their and write down what the teacher says and study it all later. Active learning is listening with your ears. Participate in the discussion and make sure you understand the content then and there. That way, you can ask questions and clear up all misunderstandings. Also, if you understand the material right when you learn it, there is a higher chance that you will remember on a test.
A lot of people want to get good grades to make their parents happy. however, if you are learning to make parents happy, then you are less likely to learn because you are under the stress of satisfying your parents’ expectations. Find your reason to learn. Whether it’s to fulfill a desire to learn or to secure a better future, a personal goal will drive you to your goal harder.
Work in short spurts
The most common way of studying for a big test is to do absolutely nothing and then cram everything the night before. That is way too stressful. Plus one look at the information won’t press it into your brain. Instead, study 2-3 subjects each night for 20 minutes each. You don’t have to cover all subjects in 3 days, but review subjects that you think will be important in that week. Try to cover all your subjects at least once a week.
I know you have heard this one before. But use it. Reading through your notes will help you get the information in your brain. Quizzing yourself is not just enforcing it. It also serves as an understanding check that is applicable across all subjects. Quizlet is a great resource to do this.
Most of the people I know, including me, are some kind of visual learner. They can learn other ways, but visual tends to be easier. Diagrams are the best way to understand a concept. Not only does it have a visual aspect, but they don’t take a lot of time to make. You can easily make it while a teacher is talking. They take relatively little effort, but help you in the long run.
I have a biology teacher who explains most of his content with analogies. They always stick in mind. Even during a quiz. Analogies can demonstrate how a concept works in a way that is already familiar to you. It eases the memorizing process.
Make your notes visually appealing!
Like I stated earlier, people are visual learners. One reason that people don’t feel motivated to study is that they feel that studying is super boring and an extrenuous process. You will probably be looking at your notes often. Make sure you create you notes in a way that you will feel like reading it. People who are eager to learn will always learn the most.
Study in bed
Chances are that this one sounds weird to you. But trust me. This one always works. I am not suggesting you stay up late to study. But while you are in bed trying to lull yourself to sleep, just glance over notes. Reviewing these right before bed puts the material in you brain. Sleeping will store this information in your long term memory.
Restrict notes from your computer
It’s okay to use technology sometimes to review concepts. However, there are multiple studies to show that handwriting notes and concepts will better implant these things in your brain. Try summarizing your notes on a separate sheet of paper once in a while.
Destress every once in a while
Try meditating. Not only does meditating destress you, but it also can help with your memory. You can be on your phone too. Reconnect with friends. Talking to them can also relax your mind. Just don’t carried away and start procrastinating and putting off work for relaxation. Be realistic.
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