How to Do an Effective Study

If you are a student, you have probably wondered what the most effective way to study is?

That’s a smart question because most of the student waste their time with the stuff. Is Re-reading, highlighting or summarising effective? No, it is not an effective way.

Here are the top six strategies to bring out Your Inner genius.

Space Practise

  • Five hours of study stuff into one intensive session is not as good as that same 5 hours so spread the topic over two weeks.
  • You will learn more and get a better result with the same amount of time or less.
  • It will be stressful than the panic of cramming, and you will able to learn more.
  • You will reduce the time you need to study in future because you won’t have to re-learn.
  • Make a plan and schedule a short study session into your calendar.
  • Review information from each class starting a day later, when you have covered the most recent level go back and study older important topic.
  • Don’t just re-read your notes it’s ineffective leave 2-3 days between study session on the same subject.

Switching

  • Switch between ideas during a single study session for a particular class this is called interleaving.
  • Don’t stick on one idea or topic or a problem for too long.
  • Switching will help you highlight the contrast, similarities or difference between topic or problem.
  • If you are doing problem-solving, then switching will help you choose the best approach for your question. This strategy will encourage you to make links between them
  • Make your brain to be agile so that you can quickly jump between ideas and relate them.
  • Make sure to study enough information to understand an idea, before you switch you will need to figure out what works for you.
  • Don’t move between ideas too often try to make a link between them and change your approach for your next study session; it will strengthen your understanding.

Switching will be probably difficult than studying for a more extended hour but remember you have to do what is more effective not what is most comfortable.

Elaboration

  • Ask questions from yourself about how and why things work and then find the answer.
  • Explain and describe the idea with as many as details as you can and connect the concept to your daily life and experience.
  • This forces you to understand and explain what you are leaning and connect it with what you already know. That makes you organise a new idea and easy to revise.
  • Make a connection between different ideas and explain to yourself how they work.
  • Make notes and list of topics you need to learn through your class material and look for the answer to your question.
  • The question you ask and how you break down ideas depends on what you are studying.

Concrete Examples

  • Use specific practical examples as relevant examples help you demonstrate and explain ideas which help you to understand them better.
  • Human memory hooks onto concrete information better than general information so always look for real-life examples you can relate to.
  • For examples, scarcity is an abstract idea you can explain it as rare something is the higher value will be. This is not so helpful as using the obscure term to describe the abstract idea becomes difficult to understand.
  • Collect examples from your teachers or professors, search your textbook or notes and look on real-life examples.
  • Thinking of your relevant examples is, but helpful for your learning, but be careful that your samples are accurate and related to the idea you are learning.

Dual Coding

  • Combine verbal material with visual.
  • Find out visual in your notebooks nad have a look at how words are describing it and vice versa.
  • Then take the word for your class material and draw your picture.
  • Try to create different ways to represent the information and use this strategy when you practise, and this is not about learning style. A great deal of research has shown that assessing your learning style and matching your study approach to that style doesn’t improve your learning.

You learn well when you combine visual and word.

Recall What you Know

Recalling helps you ineffective, valuable study and boost your performance, so it’s worth mastering. Put away all your notes and books write down everything you know.

Because retrieving your knowledge like this reinforce what you have learned and makes it easier to remember later on. And improvement comes with practice so do recalling practise.

The practical strategies, as mentioned above, will help you in making a good result.