The books are open; the pencils are sharpened, Your school notes are prepared just what exactly are you doing incorrectly? Have a look at these Four typical bad study patterns that university students make, and the way to easily break them!
1) Cramming For Exams
Studies show that the information we “cram” into our brains before an exam seeps out in the same way quickly so that it is a very ineffective way to study. A far more efficient alternative is to review your class notes regularly, quiz yourself on the most important points in the about a week before the exam, and get a good night sleep the night before a big test.
2) Taking Too Many (or Too Few) Notes
Students tend to either write down everything instructors say – or jot down nothing at all.
Here are two basic rules to follow for taking excellent notes.
- First, jot down anything your trainers put on a blackboard or projector: if they consider it important enough to write down, so should you.
- Second, listen closely carefully for verbal cues like, “This is a fundamental concept” or “Below are a few important factors.” They are shining a bright light on what you ought to be writing down.**
3) Studying in the Wrong Environment
You can find three things students need to set-up an optimal study environment: proper light (little or nothing that will make you squint or pressure), an ergonomic desk chair (one that keeps your posture straight, which encourages alertness), no excessive interruptions (no Tv set, no loud music, no engrossing movie participating in in the background).
4) Checking Social Media While You Study
Can’t resist the temptation to check Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts?
If the lure of those sites is too much for you, your browser has free productivity tools that will manage “break time” for you. LeechBlock for Firefox, Nanny for Google Chrome, WasteNoTime for Safari and SelfControl for Mac users can all be programmed to block specific websites during fixed hours or for specific amounts of time.
You can block your social media sites for 50 minutes of every hour, and program them to unblock for 10, or whatever combination works for you!
5) Highlighting Everything In Your Textbooks
This may surprise you, but compulsive highlighting is one of the minimal effective ways to study for the next exam. Use your textbook to maintain on reading projects throughout the semester, and use it to look up information to complement your class records.
If you have to highlight, accomplish that only to draw immediate attention to tips on the web page but to never write blocks of sentences.
6) General Disorganization
When you are jotting down reminders in strange places or never talking to your student plan, consider getting the Studious app on your Google Android or iPhone. Enter your timetable, and the application automatically silences your mobile during class time. You can add homework assignments, exam dates, text notes, and photos. Everything you need in one place–no paper involved!
What are your study habits? Tell us in the comments.