Are you planning to improve your grades and retain what you study for long? Say goodbye to old habits. Say hello to the new you. Start now and get ready to learn the top 10 proven study techniques.
1. Relax. You have got it.
The first step towards a lifetime of learning is to relax and take it easy. Effective study techniques are not like sprint they are rather like marathon. You need to be healthy, happy and stress free when it comes to studies. Don’t worry, you have it in you. Either you are looking for better grades or staying at the top these effective study techniques will help you. So stay focussed and enjoy the fun of learning.
2. Pick your favorite subject
If you look closely you’ll find that most of your subjects are exciting. Pick the one that you love. If don’t see any then think hard and pick one for yourself. Done? Next step is to completely own it. Tell yourself that there is no one who can beat me in this subject. In school, my personal favorites were Physics and Mathematics.
3. Get rid of all distractions
Respect your books. Respect your study space. Keep it neat and clean – its your duty. Find the brightest and quietest corner of your house. No music, no TV and no loud chatting. Sounds boring? No its not. Give it a try. You’ll like it. Focus.
4. Read. Write. Revise. Repeat.
Set tangible goals for yourself. It could be 1 chapter or first few pages of the chapter. Don’t try to get ahead of yourself. Read the contents carefully. Once done, try to summarize by writing in a notebook. Read your notes. Did you miss any important point? Repeat.
It works like magic and its addictive. Practice for a few days, once you get this straight you can easily build upon it and finish the entire book before you know it.
5. Stop Cramming. Understand the concept
Cramming is evil. It shuts your brain down. You don’t want your brain to shut down in an exam, do you? You’ll never need cramming if you master the study technique #4. You can summarize what you studied in your own words only if you understood it well. Get to the core of the concept.
You must be thinking about “definitions”. There is no way you can write your own version. So, how to master definitions? How do you move mount Fuji? Alright, let me tell you. You’ll move the mountain one rock at a time.
Every definition is made up of a lot of keywords. Pay attention to those keywords. Try to understand their prominence and significance. Break the bigger problem into easy to remember small ones. Link those together. Try this, you’ll thank me forever.
6. Pick the most difficult subject, befriend it
Now that you are equipped with the most effective study techniques you are ready to pick that one subject which picks your brain! Smile, feel humbled and befriend it. You’ll need additional help for sure. Guess what? Help is all around you. All you have to do is to ask. If you want to learn, nothing can stop you.
I used to fear Chemistry. It never made complete sense to me until I realized that this whole universe is Chemistry. You, me, that piece of chalk and everything around us is Chemistry. I changed my point of view. I changed how I used to look at it. Now I can passionately talk about it for hours.
7. Raise your hand and ask questions
This study technique can never be overstated. It’s effective and helps you address your toughest fears. If you have a doubt in class go ahead and interrupt. Ask your teacher. Remember, there is no such thing like a stupid question. If you don’t ask then you will have to rework – that’s not cool at all.
8. Relate the concepts with real world objects
This technique will take you to the next level. You’ll be able to do this only if you are enlightened. Try doing it. Talk to your parents, your teachers and friends. Ask for a real world example. Visualize the concepts and link it with real world objects.
e.g. try to connect the series of events when somebody slips over a banana peel. Did you realize that friction was reduced? Centre of gravity shifted due to sudden change in orientation. May be that’s why the person fell on ground. You see. It’s easy. All you need is practice.
9. Follow a schedule, stick to it no matter what
This is discipline stuff. Discipline is at the core of everything divine. People attain greatness because they were disciplined in at least one thing they were best at. Enough preaching. Practically, it makes sense. When you follow a schedule, you stay focussed. You get more time to practice your craft.
10. Watch tutorials on YouTube
This technique is about using technology like audio/video mediums to understand a subject. Changing the routine stuff helps sometimes. Don’t make it a habit. This medium has a side effect. It’s called “impatience” – don’t fall for it. Read text books, you’ll get more information there. Watch videos only when you feel like it.
Let me congratulate you for making it this far. This is only a guidance. You are the superhero who can turn text into reality. Be persistent. Be hungry for knowledge. Always strive to learn something. The world is in great need of smart people. It’s a journey that you must enjoy. These study techniques are most effective when practiced daily. All the best.