3 Powerful Study Tips You Can Use Right Now For Better Grades
Tip #1: Study Early, Excessively Relax Late:
I’m sure we’ve all heard of the cliché of a student that doesn’t pick up their textbook until the night before the test. Then they stay up all night trying to study. I’m sure you can guess this: Don’t be that student.
Spending a whole night studying before a test can help you pass the test but any student doing that is wasting hours of time studying, tossing out a good night sleep, and, usually, sacrificing a huge chunk of their final exam results.
You can use the exact opposite strategy which is more effective.
It can depend on the subject and goals but getting information to stick is best started at least a week in advance. If you get started early, you can spend a whole lot less time studying and still get better results. 12 hours of studying straight through is usually less effective then 3 hours studying spread over a week.
There is rarely a good reason to wait until the last night to study. In fact, when you learn to let yourself relax about the test the night before, you can expect your grades go up.
Tip #2: Just don’t read, rather try to memorize:
One of the most common mistakes people have with memorizations is thinking it’s a bit of a passive act. People think that they can just read their textbook and the information they’re learning will stick. Reading has virtually nothing to do with memory.
Have you ever accidentally memorized a fiction book that you were enjoying? I haven’t (not the whole thing at least) Not many people do happen to memorize.
Memorization is a process separate from reading. You can’t expect reading to help you remember much.
Memorization requires you ask yourself questions without the answers sitting right in front of you. One of the clearest examples of this is with flash cards. You need to have to dig in your own brain to find the right information. That is memorization.
Tip #3: Just create a story:
Some subjects aren’t so direct with their stories.
If you can’t find an interesting story behind a certain subject then you might want to try and make one up.
This might seem a little crazy but it’s one of the easiest ways to make a subject more interesting. You may know the story isn’t real but that doesn’t matter. People understand that the television shows they watch are imaginary. They still love to sit down and watch the stories. Why can’t you do that with the subjects that you’re struggling with?
You can even put yourself into the story to make it more interesting.
In math class, create a story about you being on the team for the next space shuttle launch and your test is a vital aspect that needs to be checked for launch. Or, maybe you’re fighting off an alien invasion with your geometry homework. The story can often be more important than the subject.