Below are Top 10 interesting and rewarding study techniques (in no particular order) to help you improve your academic results.
Taking notes is a well-known study skill that helps you summarise key information in your own words. Once it is written in your own words you will be able to recall the information with more ease. In addition to using your own words, have a clear structure and sections of whatever you are trying to summarise. This way you will be able to find information quickly.
Study Tip 2: Underlining/Highlighting Key Information
Underlining/highlighting is probably the simplest, yet effective, study skill. It is very easy to highlight important parts of what you read. However, do not start underlining the first time you read a text. This should be done once you gain a bit of understanding on a subject area.
The act of underlining allows you to engage with and understand the most important aspects of the text. Because your brain can process only limited amount of information at any time, you should not be underlining/highlighting the entire text. You can also use different colour pens to highlight different sections, so when it comes to remembering that information you should be able to associate each colour with specific part.
Study Tip 3: Mind Mapping
A good mind map can save you much time when it comes to studying and revising for exams. It is a great way to summarise complex information, especially if you are a ‘visual learner’. Mind mapping is a very powerful tool for revisions, brainstorming sessions, and engaging with a topic at a deeper level of processing. In case you cannot study without technology, there are a number of free online tools available to you.
Study Tip 4: Flash Cards
Using flash cards may help you remember different facts, formulas, dates and theories better. Incorporating flash cards into your normal way of studying can make subjects, such as Chemistry, Physics, History, Math, or any language much easier to learn. A lot of students tend to use this method of learning as it is very effective. Memorising while using flash cards can become a fun process that is unique from other study tools. Finally, nowadays technology allows you to make flash cards online that are always available to you.
Study Tip 5: Case Studies
Sometimes it is hard to conceptualise complex theories and information. In those situations case studies may make it easier to study and learn. Case studies help you place theories in a relevant context that is much more realistic and familiar. Consequently, application of information can be understood and used in practical settings. This is a very helpful tool in law and business related subjects.
Study Tip 6: Quizzes
A great way to revise and study notes in the days leading up to an exam are quizzes. Quizzes can be a really fun and effective method of evaluating your strengths and weaknesses. With this information you will be better able to focus your time and effort in a more strategic manner (i.e., working on your weaknesses). Also, if you use a study quiz with your peers you can get them to quiz you and vice versa. That way you will be able to discover underlying details that may have been overlooked the first time around. So make sure that you create and use a number of different quizzes with classmates before any test.
Study Tip 7: Brainstorming
Brainstorming skills is similar to mind mapping. Brainstorming is an excellent way of reviewing and expanding upon just about any topic that you may be studying. This will encourage you to think more critically and outside the box. The best thing about brainstorming sessions is that you can do them with your fellow classmates/friends/colleagues. Just talk, engage in conversations with others, stay open-minded and write all ideas down so you can review them at the end.
Study Tip 8: Mnemonic Rules
Mnemonics are particularly helpful when it comes to memorising lists. Mnemonic rules function by relating certain concepts to other, more familiar concepts. There are a number of different ways to create mnemonics that range from person to person. Find the best one for yourself and use it effectively.
Study Tip 9: Organising your Study
Two often overlooked methods of studying are very simple – time-management and organisation. Creating clear study timetables and timelines will you provide you with a visual summary of goals, timelines and set deadlines. Creating a study timetable also works as a great motivational tool. Also, use technology to improve your productivity and organise your daily schedule more effectively.
Study Tip 10: Drawing
A lot of students find it easier to recall information when it is represented in a visual format. This is associated with our ability to associate concepts with drawings or pictures better than a simple text.
In conclusion, it is becoming very clear that technology is changing the way we study and learn. Therefore, we have to make sure that we implement a range of different techniques in the process of study.
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