There are too many issues that students hold on in their lives. And due to all the competition that they face it becomes very difficult for them to concentrate on their studies. But still, school students have to study hard to score well in the exam and clear their concepts. The key to effective studying is not studying longer or memorizing but studying smarter.
There are many techniques which students can use to study effectively which are rarely written anywhere. Here we are providing 8 advanced tips which students can use to study effectively.
Take breaks while studying
According to many experts, students are able to concentrate or focus on studies only for a short span of time. Students can usually fully concentrate for 20 to 40 minutes approximately on their studies. So to increase effectiveness, students should avoid studying in long sessions of 1 to 2 hours without a break. Instead, they should study in short chunks, by taking 5 to 10 minutes of break after studying for 20 to 40 minutes.
Note down the areas you are having problem
Sometimes while studying students face problem in understanding a new concept. If students feel these kinds of troubles they should break down the problem that they do not understand and try to figure out each part. Breaking down the points will also help the students to focus on the problem clearly and improve their skills to face a difficult situation.
Make a space for dedicated study
Sometimes students start studying anywhere like wherever they hang out. It will be better if students create a dedicated study place in their home where they will only study or work. They should only study whenever they are in that location. Whenever they get distracted they should move to someplace else and take a small break. According to many experts by doing this routine a conditioned response is created in student’s brain and whenever they sit in that location they automatically begin to concentrate on their studies.
Students should not just repeat the information in the way the learned it. Instead, they should find new ways to learn the same concept and try to find the relationship between different concepts. For example, if they are studying chemical formulas they should try to find the relation between the compound and the elements. By this method, students can remember the concepts for a longer time.
One of the major parts in studying is taking notes. Students should take notes during school lectures and review them the right way. After school, students should review what they note down in class. They should try to expand the notes based on their memory which they remember but did not write at that moment. This would help students to clear the concepts.
Self and group study
Students can practice and test themselves by taking part in tests and quiz by which they can see their progress and where they stand. By this, they can rectify their mistakes and find their weak areas. Group study is a very good way to improve knowledge. A small group of around 4 to 5 students with the same academic aptitude is the best way to study. Here students can clear each other’s doubts and work through chapters together. This kind of group studies can be helpful for many students, but not all.
Students should try to summarize what the learned in an understandable and simple way. This will help them to truly understand the subject. Students can use this method to strengthen their learning and identify the areas they are facing a problem. Like this students can find out their weak areas and dedicate more time on that.
One of the most powerful techniques of effective studying is mnemonics. Mnemonics are memory techniques that help to store memory for a longer period of time. Mnemonics can be anything from a poem, song, phrase, etc. that relates to a particular piece of information.
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About the author:
With a degree in Engineering, Shankha Samanta is a content writer by profession. He is a vehement reader apart from writing and blogging along with part-time teaching. He is presently exploring all about the digital education with Byju’s-the Learning App.