Study smarter, not harder

  • Find several study environments where you work best, and change places when you find your current work environment too comfortable or distracting.
  • When finding study environments, choose a place you know you work hardest in (a quiet library, a classroom with background noise, etc.).
  • Try the Pomodoro Technique: break up study time into 25-minute chunks and take five-minute breaks in between. Search for Pomodoro apps to help you focus.
  • Shorter, intensive studying sessions are better than long periods of drawn-out studying. ¬†
  • Write notes or acquired¬†information down to help memory retention.
  • Self-testing improves long-term memory and the ability to retrieve learned information.
  • The Study Cycle consists of different types of learning (reading and hearing) and enforces repeated reviewing. Understanding it can create a more effective learning process.
  • Try spaced repetition: review consistently and constantly to avoid the forgetting curve (which explains how information is lost when there is no attempt to retain it).
  • Try to explain problems and concepts to yourself as if you are the teacher. Explain the material out loud, and it will be easier to find where you are struggling.
  • Try different types of memorization techniques to discover how you can memorize effectively. Rewrite/retype notes, repeat information over again, use flashcards and mnemonic systems, chunking (group information into larger units), associate information with something familiar, or use the memory palace.

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