5 Tips On How To Study Efficiently

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It doesn't matter if you're in high school, college, university, or a master's student - we all need the most efficient way to start study to pass the exam, the course, and the semester. Use the following study tips to your advantage and let me know in the comments whether you have your secret way to study more efficiently. #SharingIsCaring

1. Water is key

Drinking water isn't just a necessity to a healthier lifestyle but it's also very crucial to keep yourself hydrated, especially when stressed and in study mode. Some may say that even drinking water works better than caffeine, however that trick depends on your body and it's metabolism. Keeping yourself hydrated can keep your body from shutting down and being overly tired. Add lemon, lime, cucumber, or even strawberries to spice up the taste of the water.

2. Test out different techniques

Everyone is different at learning. Some may learn quicker by color, taking notes, or reading out loud. Try different techniques and analyze how your brain works. Use this as a way to get to know yourself better. If you're more of a 'color' person, try using different colors of highlighters to represent different groups of information or use colored flashcards to separate whatever you've learned. If you want to test out your memory (review system), try rewording whatever you've read in a point form and write it down in your notebook. Try rereading whatever you've written to review and keep refreshing your mind. Another great technique is reading to yourself out loud or pretending to teach the material to an invisible class. Try explaining the material as if you're the one teaching going from a simple explanation to a more complex one. By using such techniques, you're sure to discover your own where you may mix all three or even create your own.

3. Interval studying

You know how when you work out you give your body some time to rest? You need to do the same when working out your body when studying. Try taking small breaks (10 minutes) every one hour. Take this time for washroom breaks, getting yourself some more water or tea, or out for a fresh air. The brain should be looked as a very fragile organ - give it time to breath once in awhile. I highly recommend not to use your break time to watch tv because you will get distracted.

4. Plan ahead

You've heard it a thousand times, yet I'm here reminding you: planning ahead is the best thing you could do before starting to study. Plan out how many days you have before an exam/test/presentation, and see how available your schedule is. Make sure the place you study is quiet enough, with WiFi if needed. Know what time you're going to start and finish and what you need to read that day. Try and separate the material that you should cover beforehand and plan your breaks beforehand also (ex. After reading Chapters 1&2, take a break).

5. Review

The brain has one secret you need to know. It grasps onto information by the frequent usage. What does that mean? It means you need to repeat the information you want to memorize/learn in order for you to remember it correctly. After each planned break, turn over your past notes and highlighted words and review. Read over the information and keep going back to your notes once in awhile while learning new material. This will help the brain to understand what you want it to memorize/learn and will help you when it comes to remembering the most crucial part of your studying material on your exam/test/presentation.