Key elements to studying effectively vary from one person to another. Not all are equally gifted to understand, evaluate and visualize things the same way to nail the most complex problems, logical reasoning or science. Everybody is different and everybody have different learning skills. It is difficult to evaluate a person by their brainpower. But, everybody can follow few simple techniques to master a subject. Different subjects and different people need different techniques to study efficiently. Mastering such techniques requires patience and time, but is absolutely possible. Be honest to yourself and work hard to master the tips to crack any exams in your life. So, which are those common tips to study effectively?
Here are top 10 tips to study effectively to crack any big problems in your subjects:
10. Some Healthy Habits
Drink plenty of water, get good amounts sleep and have a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Vegetables, fruits, pulses and green-leaves are important dietary elements. Take yourself for a walk with your neighbor, dog or a friend. Listen to soft music to relieve stress and tension. Talk to someone you love. Crack a joke and laugh out loud. Have some physical exercises like jogging, cycling and swimming. Play some indoor and outdoor games. Avoid heavy usage of mobile phones, tablets and computers. Plan all of these with a timetable so that you don’t overdo or repeat the same things again the next day.
9. Practice by Narrating and Writing
Read out loud! Again and again! Practice makes a man perfect! Write again and again! These are some of the things to remember when studying. Hard work leads to success. Work hard on your physics and mathematics problems by writing and solving. Reading things loudly and writing helps in remembering for a long time. With the advent of technology, you can use narrating software or kindle to practice. But we suggest you go with the traditional way of reading and writing. It is also extremely important that you understand things before you write or read again and again. Do not mug things! Understand the concept and go with it. It can be even more helpful if you start to analyse and dig things while studying.
8. Ask Questions to Yourself, to Others and Make Others Ask you Questions
Why am I studying this now? Why is this topic important? What is this topic all about? Please inculcate habits to ask questions to yourself. This is an important way to understanding, exploring and learning the subject. Research on the topic you study, so that you excel in the subject better than what others know about the topic. You can also practice this method with your teachers, professors, parents, and friends. This method not only helps you to understand but the other person also gets to know new things from you. Share and learn is the concept here. It is as simple as that.
7. Divide the Tasks into Sub-tasks, Understand and Analyze
Analysis is an important keyword to successful studies. Similarly, to analyse a topic you need to break them into sub-tasks. Understand each sub-task and then start to analyse them. This is a simple yet efficient way of learning new things. You may become an explorer. It is difficult to study everything together and some complex subjects are vague to understand. In such cases, divide the topics into minor tasks, understand each minor task and go further. Some topics are huge; in such cases this technique might come handy.
6. Chart Down Important Things Using Sticky Notes
Chart down important points as sticky notes, diagrams, or connection points. Any other methods of charting down important things would help you remember things easily and effectively. You can name your sticky notes with real life elements to memorize important points. Connecting with real objects is an important technique to keep things in memory. You can also create a story out of the list of topics you have studied. E.g.: Take out the first letters of all the important points under a topic and form a small story out of it. Remember this story as you connect to your topics and refresh.
5. Connect your Studies with Real Life Examples
Similar to charting down important things with sticky notes and connecting to real world objects, you can use real life examples to remember things while studying. This method improves your memory skills and brainpower to a great extent. You will learn to remember extremely complex topics with ease. It requires time and hard work to practice this method. At the end, not only that your studies get better but also your creative mind. You start to give exercise to both left and right part of the brain.
4. Recollect, Revise and Remember What you Studied Before
Next day, revise all that you studied yesterday. Make it a habit that you recollect things you have studied. This helps in improving your memory power gradually. You can chalk down things on a white board or white paper as you remember. Compare with the textbook on how much was right and how much you missed out. This can go more interactive by asking your school mate or someone to quiz you on topic you have studied yesterday. If you don’t have any companions then talk out in front of a mirror or by closing your eyes.
3. Choose a Quite Place to Study
Choosing a calm place to study in as important as a calm place to rest or sleep. An undisturbed, uninterrupted and silent place is important for the brain to assimilate the topics more easily and quickly. Studying in a noisy environment gives a chance to the brain to break the understanding capabilities. The flow of the subject and your studying is broken in a noisy place. Places like a study room, a quite library, school’s study lounge or kitchen would be a good place to study calmly. It is evident that few people understand much better in a noisy place, and then this point is void and you can go with a suitable place you find comfortable studying.
2. Make a Timetable and a Plan
Before you even start to study the subjects, you need to prepare a timetable, a blueprint or a study plan to what you are going to do for the next couple of months. Prepare a detailed timetable of when you will study, when to take breaks and when to leisure. The timetable should include when to study harder subjects with a combination of easier ones. Be honest to yourself and strictly stick to the timetable.
1. Study Everyday with Regular Breaks
It is very important that you study at least once every day. It is equally important that you take breaks every two to three hours of continuous studies. Breaks are important to release the stress, ease your mind and give some time for the brain to digest the information. This method of studying would be effective in the long run and effective in scoring well in your exams. There are no shortcuts to crack your subjects except regular effective studies. Slow down when you do not understand a concept. Repeat the topic and try to understand the topic before moving forward.