How to study efficiently 101 (the ultimate guide)
Many students face difficulty when it comes to studying. They often end up studying at the last minute and get too stressed.
Do you want to learn how to avoid this? Keep reading!
Note-taking is extremely important, when it comes to exams, and generally studying, as well. You would not want to go through 500-1000 page books before the exam. Notes make it easy to understand and revise the subject.
Here are some tips, on taking concise, and useful notes:
- Use headings and subheadings: Don’t write long paragraphs of dense information, it’s very hard to process so much information at once. Instead of doing this, try breaking the topic down into smaller topics and subtopics.
- Use coloured pens/highlighters: You must have heard this one. No, it doesn’t mean you use all the colours of the spectrum, in your notes! Fix one colour for a topic/subject. Write the whole content in black, and use the colour you chose for highlighting important points, headings and subheadings.
This makes notes look visually appealing, and make learning easier.
- Keywords: Definitely underline keywords. These are words, that may potentially be asked in the form of questions, and are the core of the topic.
If you feel very stressed right before the exam and are unable to remember facts, this is for you.
Instead of studying right before the exam, study regularly. Not necessarily every day, but you can study weekly, so as to be in touch with the subject. You can also make a timetable, and fix one day, for each subject.
Fix a particular time, just 1-2 hours a day, to study whatever is currently being taught. Read some extra material on the subject, expand your knowledge. If you study last moment, neither do you get to learn the subject, nor can you clear your doubts!
“Success is not always about greatness, it is about consistency. Consistent hard-work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
TECHNIQUES FOR SMART STUDY:
Studying does not mean reading every piece of information you find or going through 10 different books. Instead of hard work, go for smart work. Before an exam, go through your concise notes that you’ve made. Make flashcards and question yourself. Study with the perspective of the kind of questions that can be asked. You can read extra information for your own knowledge, but not when you’re close to the examination period.
Making concise notes, which cover all important topics is important.
Also, prioritize your topics. Work through the more important ones, and bigger ones first, then move to minor topics.
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS:
Try studying for 30-60 minute intervals, and take 5-10 minute breaks in between. Or, you can complete one topic, and take a break after. This would freshen up your mind, and relieve stress. (Do not go onto social media/TV breaks, though. They can be done once a day).
Here are 5 tips on time management:
- Clear Focus: This is the most important step. Get a clear idea/vision of your end goal, so as to have perspective and direction.
- Task List: Now that you know what your end goal is, let us divide it into smaller tasks. Make smaller goals. Every little count and adds up to something huge!
- Prioritize Wisely: Do not waste time on less important endeavors, and do the important tasks first!
- Minimize Interruptions: Try and find a work-space, where nothing else matters. Focus on work, and not on anything else. Set aside time for hobbies, other pleasures and social interactions.
- Stop Multitasking: Human Mind can focus on a few things at a time!
- Don’t Procrastinate: Don’t put off things to the last moment. Do tasks as they come.
- Use a calendar: Mark important dates and plan!
So follow these tips to study smartly and consistently!