Discover three tips that help you learn better. Which tips do you already know and which ones are new? Do you know some good tips yourself? Share them here!
Tip 1: Dividing the subject matter
There they are. The big pile of study books that you have to dabble through. And do not forget a number of articles that are still on top of that. Studying is not easy, many students know everything very well. You can learn how to study effectively in this article, I will go through three tips one by one to help you here. We can start with the first tip: Dividing the material.
When you have to do a lot of study work, it is not wise to try everything at a time. We humans need time to process information and store everything in our memory. A common mistake is that students try to read as much material as possible at a single time. This sounds very effective, because you go through a lot of learning work in a short time. Perhaps you have tried it yourself. Did it work? Could you learn to relax? I am guessing that the answer is negative.
To prevent this pitfall, it is important that you first divide the subject matter into manageable chunks. This means that you can make a division into blocks of, for example, two hours of learning. Suppose if you can read 30 pages in two hours and if that book consists of 150 pages, then you can calculate that you need five blocks of two hours to cut through the entire book.
You can then divide these five blocks over the time that you have before the examination takes place. You can read how to do this efficiently and for all your courses in a subsequent blog. It is important that while you are learning, you will do something else after ten minutes after every hour. Give yourself breaks, that works much more effectively. You will find that your concentration is easier to hold and you can continue to learn well for a longer period.
I hope you have something on this first tip. In the next blog we will investigate how you can best organize your study space in the most efficient way of working.
Tip 2: Provide a good study space
In the previous blog we discussed why you should best share all the material you need to go through and how you can achieve this. In order to ensure that studying is actually successful, you can exercise a lot of influence by organizing your study space as effectively as possible.
People work very associative. Do you know that feeling when you hear a certain song, you have to think back to that one vacation? Just the first sounds of the song will give you that holiday feeling back. Pavlov had discovered this with his dogs and could drool them with a certain sound. When you experience a sound, smell, image, taste and / or feeling in combination with a certain event or behavior together, you connect these two stimuli. You can use this fact to put yourself in a ‘study mode’ by creating a certain environment where you only study.
Imagine that you have a certain place where you are only occupied with your studies and do not do other things. So you’re not playing with your mobile, watching TV, chatting, and so on. If you hold on to this for a while, let’s say two weeks, then you will notice that at a given moment you just have to step into the room to be stimulated to study. It is a kind of self-manipulation that can work very effectively.
How do you make this space? Check with yourself what works best for you when you want to study. How hot or cold does it have to be? Some students prefer a hot experience and others just little cold. Do you like to have some background noise or should it be dead quiet? Do you enjoy sitting behind a desk or in a comfortable chair? Do you study best when you are alone or do someone have to work next to you? Ask yourself all these and more similar questions to find out how your study space can look best. An example might be that you want to sit on your own in a quiet white room with only your books and pen and paper on the table.
Once you have a good view on how your study space can look best, you can make this happen. Look for the space somewhere where you can easily go and have access to it. For example, a room in the house, in the library, an office on an internship, and so on. Goodluck. In the next blog we will talk about how you can best prepare for exams so you can get good grades.
Tip 3: Ask for old exams
Based on the previous blogs we have seen how you can best divide the study material and how you can promote studying with a good study space. After that work, it’s time for the big test: the exams. In this blog we add one very good working tip that can help you to prepare very effectively.
First of all, old examinations are so useful, because you get an idea of what kind of questions are asked. You get an idea about does the question paper consists of multiple choice questions, open questions or essay questions for example? For multiple choice questions, you have to have knowledge and stamp facts. In case of open questions you must be able to apply the knowledge more and be able to substantiate it. With an essay exam you must be able to write a story in which you explain or defend a particular point of view. By knowing what kind of questions you can expect, you can prepare effectively and learn well.
Another big advantage of old exams is that you get a feeling for the kind of information that is very important to remember. You will notice that many exams often return certain material. These are the core points of the subject matter and it is therefore very important to know and apply this information in any case.
Finally, you can use old exams to practice. By making many old examinations, you know better and better what is mainly asked and you can practice this immediately. You often learn the best just by doing and old exams are very suitable for this.
There are several ways to get the old exams. In the first instance, you can ask lecturers if they know where the old exams are stored. Other students often also find these exams. Ask around in the classroom or go online to search for forums with the right information. Some courses have their old exams online on the school’s website. Try different ways and you will find that you can easily get to the exams.
Studying can be fun, but can also be boring. It is very possible to influence your study in such a way that it becomes lively and therefore you can learn and experience much more.