The way I study for a test is simple. First, I start off by completing any study guide I am given in class. Most of the time a worksheet is given a day or two before the test. While I am completing my worksheet I use any notes that were given to me or that I’ve written down. Then as I am writing on the worksheet I recite all of the answers in my head so that I remember them. My next step is to read the question while covering the answer and see if I can solve the question with the same answer as the first time. After I solve the problem I uncover the question and check to see if my second answer is correct. Next, I usually have a friend read them out to me while trying to remember what the answer is. Normally by now the questions and answers are on flashcards. Last, but not least, I repeat my last couple steps again just to make sure to remember every single answer.
I was reading an article entitled “7 Brain Hacks That Will Dramatically Improve Your Intelligence and Success” the other day on Flipboard and it got me thinking. This would be a great article to read if a person was looking to increase their studying ability. I have hit the highlights of the article below. At the bottom is a link to the entire article if you are interested.
- A person should learn information in 50-minute increments. Remember when we used to reset our OWL at school? That’s because a person’s brain shuts down from overload.
- Study the most important information first.
- Don’t multi-task, which means a person may not be able to listen and sing along to music. It definitely means that a person must put their phone away.
- Try new ways to memorize things.
- Ask the teacher or someone else that knows the material very well to explain it.
- Take notes. Research has found over and over that writing information will help a person learn it better.
- Be prepared to get frustrated or tired. AND KEEP GOING. It studying was easy we would all get As!
What do you think? Have any of the above worked for you? Comment below…
I was reading a great article from Flipboard the other day about the 5 myths we have about learning. A really great article about a super important subject. Check out a bit of the article here and then be sure to read the entire article from the link at the end.
- We have set learning styles. In other words just because a person is a visual learner doesn’t mean a person can’t learn using their hearing or their hands.
- Rereading material over and over again is a good way to study. No way! It’s a good way to not engage with the information and put 0 effort into the work.
- Focus on one subject at a time.
- A person’s first answer is always the best answer. Not exactly. I myself can think of a million times I have thought about an answer and changed it because my initial thinking was false.
- The more hours you put into studying the better you will understand the material. See above. If a person is mindlessly reading or not engaging with the information nothing will be remembered. In fact, a person may just be wasting their time.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below!