Sunday, 10 February 2019

Top 38 General Study Tips & Study Skills For Studentas [part-1]

Top 38 General Study Tips & Study Skills For Students

Studying is something all students must do; It is especially important when you have a big exam coming up, that is why we have devised a cogent list of tips to help students study. Following this list, it will allow you to maximize your potential and achieve the best grade you can.

Top 38 General Study Tips & Study Skills For Students 


Study Tip 1: Make a study plan.

Making a study/revision plan is imperative as it will allow you to study effectively. Make sure to include what subject you will revise at what time, and make sure to factor in regular breaks and exercise slots. Also, make sure to start early and space it out- studying is more effective in small one hour chunks than a constant ten hours. This is because it allows time for you to "forget" in that small time, and then relearn it when you return to studying, which is constantly referred to as one of the best ways to learn and improve your memory.

Study Tip 2: Never assume you know the whole topic.

An assumption in studying is one that shouldn't be overlooked as it can lead to complacency, which in the long run could prove fatal. Always make sure you revise each topic, even if you think you think a particular topic is easy, because there could always be the risk that you miss something, and then later it appears in the exam.

Study Tip 3: Don't panic.

Have you been revising a topic for hours on end and you're finding that you can't recall most of it? The best thing to do is don't panic and remain calm. Take a break and relax if you need to and then return with a more positive mindset. On returning, try some different studying techniques if the one you are currently using does not work for you. For example, make revision notes, test yourself, collaborate with a colleague. Just remember with a little hard work and patience, you will be able to recall the information.

Study Tip 4: Consolidation.

Every day, before you go to sleep make sure you consolidate the information you have been studying throughout the day. This doesn't have to be a long process, just about 10 minutes or so. This will aid to strengthen your memories and should help you remember the information more quickly when you go over it the next day.

Study Tip 5: Eliminate distractions.

When you are in your study periods, make sure to turn off your mobile phone or other sources of distraction that could be likely to draw you away from study. This will allow you to focus more and achieve more during your study sessions.

Study Tip 6: Study Collaboratively.

Doing studying with a friend can be a great way to learn, ask your friend to study with you in a quiet, distraction-free location. One of the methods you must try during this revision session is teaching each other information. This is another excellent way to revise and is called "The Protégé Effect". This will prove you understand the concept and will help to retain the information in your head.

Study Tip 7: Don't make artworks of your study notes.

Study notes are important but spending a long time making your notes colorful artworks that could otherwise be used for productivity revising is a waste of valuable study time. There's nothing wrong with making them look neat, but don't over-do it.

Study Tip 8: Stay Hydrated & Sated

Before studying, make sure you have plenty of water on hand, and you have eaten to ensure you won't be distracted mid-study. This will also help with your concentration levels during your study period.

Study Tip 9: Experiment With Different Study Methods

It is a good idea to experiment with different study methods (flashcards, quizzes, powerpoints, videos) to see how you learn best. No one is the same and we each learn differently. However, make sure you do this well before the exam so you can use the method that works best for you and hopefully study more efficiently.

Study Tip 10: Don't listen to lyrical music.

It's always tempting to listen to music whilst studying, however, studies have shown that listening to lyrical music whilst studying can hinder memory retention, however, some studies have suggested that classical, non-lyrical music can help with concentration.

Study Tip 11: Use Apps

With the constantly vast rise of mobile technologies over the last few years, using study applications such as Khan Academy, Brain Trainer, Flashcards and even memory apps will help you to study and give you an advantage as some applications give you flashcard generators and exam style questions. Another advantage is that the app will be on your phone so if you're waiting in line, on the train or on the bus, then you can quickly whip out the app and have a brief read, which will help your brain absorb the knowledge if this is repeated.

Study Tip 12: Get Lots of Zzzzz's

Getting lots of sleep is important as it will lead to better health, better mood, optimal thinking, and better memory. Make sure to at least get around 7-8 hours sleep a night and don't use mobiles, computers etc at least 30 mins before bed as they can help to keep you awake.

Study Tip 13: Past Papers

Past papers are a great study resource as they prepare you for topics that may come up in the exam, and help you structure your answers better as they are in exam-style format. You can find past papers online by doing a quick search of your specification, exam board, and subject. Most past papers are distributed by the exam composers as free so don't be fooled by the websites that are distributing them for money!

Study Tip 14: Spice It Up

If you're studying a particularly boring subject or topic, find a way to make to the fun by composing a song or rap which incorporates the essential facts you need to know. Our brain is very complex and can recall memories easier if it has an association with it. Also, making the song/rap rhyme will help too as once you get to the first rhyming word, it is easier to remember the second rhyming words and subsequently the rest of the lyrics.

Study Tip 15: Chunks Of Text = Bad

When writing your revision notes, don't use huge chunks of texts as this will make you lose concentration. Instead, structure your notes into paragraphs, bullet points, and mindmaps so that you constantly stay engaged with the resources you're learning from.

Study Tip 16: Organise Them Notes

If you're revising for lots of different subjects, revision notes begin to stack up and it can be easy to lose coherence and can be difficult to find certain ones. Instead, consider investing in a filing cabinet, folders or poly pockets to organize your study notes so it will be easy to locate the right one when you come to revising for your exams.

Study Tip 17: Get Enough Light

It's bad enough already that you're having to read through mountains of text, so make sure you have an optimum level of light so you don't cause your eyes to strain. This can lead to blurred vision, difficulty focusing and watery eyes which could disrupt your revision sessions.

Study Tip 18: Chocolate

Students of the world will rejoice to the fact that eating chocolate (especially dark chocolate) helps you retain information more easily. This doesn't mean however you should consume large amounts because you think it will help your memory: it won't. Just eat a small bar during occasional study sessions.

Study Tip 19: Voice Memo's

Using your phone, you can record voice memo's which can help you study, especially if you're a good auditory learner. Repeat your voice memo's or even edit them into a podcast like the style. Some studies have suggested that playing your voice memo's while you sleep makes the information sub-consciously go into your mind, however further studies are needed to prove this, but it's worth a try: right? If you don't have the time to record all your notes, you can copy them into google translate and press the speaker button, this will make google translate read out your text and you can record it in a program such as audacity.

Study Tip 19: Meditate

Meditation can help you stay stress-free and is very relaxing. To meditate you should choose a peaceful and tranquil environment, and wear comfortable apparel. After sitting in a position you're happy with, the traditional position is sitting crossed legged, but that's not comfortable for everyone. Next, Try to focus on your breathing only and clear your mind. Don't worry if your mind doesn't completely have the hang of it- it will come with time. You will hopefully slowly be relaxed and calm.

Study Tip 20: After The Exam

After you have finished an exam, under no circumstances worry about the result, even if you did terrible the best thing you can stay positive and relaxed. Stressing out over the result will achieve nothing and won't affect the outcome at all. If you get your result and find out you have done badly, don't get upset, stay positive, and think about the next steps forward you can take.

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