Many people do poorly in school because of terrible studying habits and methods. Cramming in one night, just reading your notes; those habits are endorsed by students way too often. Do you want to know how you can separate yourself from the under 80% students?
In this article, you will learn of proper studying methods that can help you ace your exams and improve your overall memory of the topic much better than the common cram and read notes methods.
The Number One Habit
In this section, I’m going to tell you about some habits you should put on yourself to immediately start relieving stress and do better on tests. And that number one habit is studying and reviewing everyday.
I don’t mean study for 6 hours every single day. You’re going to have no life when you start doing that. I mean study for 30 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours every day. This will improve your neuron connections and enhance your memory of specific topics much better than studying 6 hours in one night.
Think about it like this. A person doesn’t work out once a month for sixteen hours and gain muscles, they work out consistently throughout the week and grow muscles a bit by bit. It’s the exact same thing with our brain.
Even reading your notes a little bit every day will do much more than studying in one night. Once you’re able to maintain a habit of studying a little bit every night, your stress levels will drop by quite a bit and your marks will start to rise.
Reading over your notes every night isn’t enough to bring you to the top, you also need study strategies that help you remember everything better. And that’s what we’re going to tackle next.
Doing Practice Questions
One of the best ways to study is to do practice questions. Doing practice questions gives you a great handle on how you are going to approach the problems you get in a test. This allows you to do the test fast and accurate.
Another benefit of doing practice questions is that it’s retained in your brain much longer because you’re not only going to be learning visually, but also kinetically. This double absorption of information proves to be much more useful than just reading your notes.
Tests are basically a collection of questions that you have to do. Thus doing practice questions will make tests very easy.
For this one, I recommend doing all the homework and practice questions your teacher assigns you plus some extra ones if you can find any via textbooks or online.
If you’re more restricted on time, target the questions that you know you’re having trouble with and skip all the items you know you can do fast and efficiently. This will result in the most effective use of your time even if you don’t do as many questions. This way, you’re better prepared for your exams.
Making Potential Test Questions
We talked about doing practice questions, but you can also predict your teachers/professors and create problems similar to the ones that will be on your test. If you can outguess your teachers and exam makers, every test will be super easy.
The leading theory behind this study method is that examiners and teachers have to follow a specific set of rules when making tests. Once you do enough tests, you’ll start seeing a pattern and know how you can test yourself with different types of knowledge.
Learning how to make test questions also gives you another perspective on your exams. Usually, test questions are created from the answer first so understanding how to make an exam problem will allow you to get the answer more easily. On a test you can think, how did the examiner create this question? Ask yourself, what skill am I being tested on?
Making test questions is also beneficial if you study in a group. You can have multiple friends make their own test questions and then test each other and compare different ideas. This will help a lot too.
I touched on bouncing ideas off of each other by studying in a group. Another study method is to educate and help others who are having problems with what you’re learning. Again, this is all about perspectives. Different perspectives will make everything you learn more memorable and useful in your life.
Being able to teach someone else the concepts also means you need to have the initial mastery of the subject. If you can confidently teach other people, that means you have a very firm grasp on your content.
Two Birds One Stone
One of the most significant problems with studying is being motivated. It’s so hard to get into that study everyday mentality without some sort of incentive. And it just seems like there is no incentive to studying so much nor will these tests ever be worth anything in the long run!
It’s all true. The tests we’ll be taking are actually quite insignificant to our lives. We don’t depend on them so why should we study?
That’s a common thought that many people have when they have to do anything academically related. You know there’s a reason why Asians are stereotyped to be smart and strict. Many Asian kids start grinding practice questions every day at a young age as a result of their parents forcing them to. Basically what they have is a motivator.
I’m going to tell you how you can create your own self-motivator to get yourself on top of things.
I found that the best way to motivate yourself is to accomplish something you’re passionate about while studying. For example, if you want to prepare your life financially, you can make a little bit of money on the side by teaching what you are learning. This can be done in a variety of different methods such as blogging about what you are studying, becoming a tutor, creating tutorials, etc.
This strategy doesn’t just act as a motivator, it can also be used to get more things done! One of the things you could do is study by combining different subjects together. For example, you could make a question that asks for the molar mass of a chemical substance and then include the quadratic formula as a step to solve it.
The final study method I’m going to tell you is the combination attack. At least that’s what I named it. It’s quite simple really. Just do a combination of all the above. This way you’ll figure out what study method works best for you and you’ll be able to remember lots since you studied from so many angles.
Also, check out our article on how to ace every exam for more study tips!
What are your best study methods? Leave them in the comment section down below and have a great day!