8 Ridiculously Smart Study Hacks Every Student Should Know
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Whether you’re just now taking your study sessions seriously or you’ve been an advanced student for life, there are a few study hacks that you should know.
Know When to do Busywork
I honestly shouldn’t have to even explain why time management is so important. If you go to the library and pick up any productivity book off the shelf, I almost guarantee that time management will be one of the main topics.
The same goes for your study sessions. You need to learn the best time for you to be actively studying and the best time for you to be creating flashcards or doing your easiest tasks.
I typically say you want to do hard and active studying first thing in the morning. After that, you can then do your busy work. This ensures that even if you end up studying for less time than you were expecting to, you still get the most important tasks done.
Walk During Study Sessions
Crazy to think that something as simple as walking can really change the direction of your studying. Read the super interesting quote from Learning Center.
Isn’t that just crazy? The next time that you’re feeling really stressed or you’re stuck in a rut, just get up and walk around for a bit.
If you’re one of those people to find it very hard to study because of a lack of motivation, I highly suggest you use extrinsic motivators to ensure your studying consistently.
Extrinsic motivators consist of anything that is given to you as a reward. Some individuals like to use chocolate after each studied paragraph, or some give themselves a break after completing certain assignments.
No matter what it is, you can use an extrinsic motivator to help you do it.
Just make sure that you build a habit so you can stop relying solely on extrinsic motivators – which will only take you so far.
A Little Every Day
A lot of people try way too hard to do it all. This is another facet of time management and knowing when to do your busy work. The most important thing to ensure consistency and exceptional work when studying is to build a habit.
Consistent habits allow for specifically creative and focused work. This helps you to not only perform better but also helps you to learn more, faster.
When building a habit, it’s important to remember that a little goes a long way. If you’re trying to do it all, you’ll fail at all.
If you slowly build up habits each day, by the end of the year you may be one of the most productive people on the planet.
Use Pictures & Teach the Information
Sometimes, you may find that you’re taking very wordy notes and it seems to take forever to study. One of your problems may be that you’re not using enough visual cues and pictures in your notes.
It’s scientifically proven that using pictures and visual cues helps us to remember the information more deeply and in a new way.
Not only should you use pictures and visual arrangement, but you should also try and teach the information.
When you teach information that you’ve learned, you’re better able to apply it and use the information to solve problems.
If you find that your study sessions are really easy, I would encourage you to try and teach what you’re learning and apply it to something seemingly unrelated. This will offer a challenge and will also help you to remember the information for much longer.
Use Different Learning Styles
A lot of people I know complain that studying is impossible for them. These are usually the people who study by reading the information and repeating it aloud.
If I’m being completely honest, this is a terrible way to study and remember information. To remember information, our brain needs us to make connections to things that we already know and understand.
This is why it’s important that you apply the information you’ve learned and for you to study it in multiple ways.
If you find that your study sessions are relatively easy, you’re more than likely studying incorrectly. If this is you, I suggest you spend time learning how to properly study.
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Sleep Before an Exam
A lot of students seem to think that cramming before a test will help them perform better. It doesn’t.
If you have to cram, I suggest that you cram at least one or two days before the test.
The day before the test, make sure to get adequate sleep!
If you don’t sleep enough, you literally drop IQ points and you’re unable to use information stored in your long-term memory. When you’re unable to use this information, you’re unable to apply it. When you’re unable to apply it, you’re unable to answer questions related to it. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Almost everyone knows that sleeping is super important for your health, but it is also super important for your grades!
Study Before or After Exercising
A lot of bloggers tell people to work out about 30 minutes before a study session. While this is true, and it’s a proven that there are cognitive benefits for up to 3 to 4 hours after working out, you need to take into consideration the type of workout.
If you’re doing a light 30-minute workout in your living room, I suggest you do it before you study. But, if you’re going to the gym and doing an hour of heavy lifting see, I suggest you study before.
Typically, when you first wake up and you get over your sleep inertia, you’re actually in the best mental space for focusing and using the energy you’ve stored from sleeping.
Studying should not be something that you fear or avoid because it seems too complicated. I hope these simple study tips help you to study more efficiently and will teach you the importance of time management and productivity.
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