7 Steps to Study Smarter

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7 Steps to Study Smarter

 

No one is born having already known how to study. What many don’t realize is that there are ways to study smarter and more efficiently, as just studying harder can become ineffective and just takes up more time. Here are 7 steps to smarter studying and improving your study lifestyle:

 

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1. Identify your goals

To get into a successful study routine, it’s important to identify and pin down study goals and deadlines. This will help motivate you to get work done, and to track your progress. Reflect on the best times to study, how long it takes to study, if the grades received are satisfactory, grade goals, more difficult subjects, and personal priorities and commitments.

 

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2. Pay attention

Studying begins in the classroom. When you pay attention in class, you are starting the process of learning and studying even before you actually begin studying. Make sure that you are seated at a good seat where it’s easy to pay attention to the lecture, see the board, and listen to the teacher. Any problem causing distractions in paying attention such as being seated next to loud people or being seated behind a taller person, and many more, must be addressed and corrected immediately to ensure full concentration.

 

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3. Take good notes

Taking down good notes would make it easier to start studying and start remembering the lessons. Compiling quizzes and papers provided during class, as well as categorizing notes also enable quick access upon studying. You start by shortening descriptions and writing down short keywords and facts that the teacher mentions or writes on the board during class. Aside from this, ensure that the notes are written legibly and organized to be easily understood once referenced again when studying.

 

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4. Plan ahead

We’re guilty of putting things off to the last minute. One of the ways to avoid this is to have a calendar where due dates of tests and assignments are written down. After this, detail the schedule by including a plan on how much to study, how much time is allotted for each topic, and so on.

 

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5. Break it down

Studying many topics and many subjects at the same time can get confusing. It helps to break down topics into chunks. Whether this is by studying only a number of topics throughout the span of a week such as studying only 5 topics each night, or creating an abbreviation or mnemonic to help remember a list or specific details of the subject such as “My Very Excellent Mother…” to name the planets in our solar system. Another way to break down studying is by studying regularly rather than just the night before, by doing practice problems or rereading the lesson. Moreover, most brains pay attention for about 45 minutes. If you’re finding it hard to concentrate, take a break by going for a walk or drinking water to regain energy to pay attention.

 

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6. Ask for help

If in case you are studying and aren’t able to understand the materials, asking for help from peers and teachers regarding confusing topics would not only save a lot of time and effort, but would also help ensure that your understanding is correct, above all other reasons. If all else fails, reading through your notes, checking for other references such as internet and similar textbooks may be able to help. Aside from this, parents have already gone through the same stages during their academic years -they may be able to help.

 

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7. Get a good night’s sleep

Your brain needs time to digest all information after studying. With an upcoming test, it’s also normal if you aren’t able to recall everything you’ve studied. Don’t panic and allot time for a good night’s sleep; all the information will come back in the morning.

 

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