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Getting into the groove of studying can get very hard. Especially when you are studying at home, distractions can be a huge challenge to your focus. The faster you get into the right mindset the easier it will be to score good marks.
So, let’s go through the tips to help you get the most of your study time.
- Find a comfortable spot to study - Find a nook, where you are comfortable and is free from distractions. Don’t lie down and learn. Studies have shown that sitting up straight rather than lying down will help you to study better and will help you focus.
- Keep the phones away - Even if you are not using the phone, the constant buzzes will keep your mind distracted. So keep your phone away, if possible keep it in another room.
- Write handwritten notes - A study by Harvard has shown that to retain important information, don’t note it down on digital devices. Handwritten notes provide a lot of benefits, it not only aids retention but also aids comprehension.
- Break down huge portions into chunks - Make the heading as a question and subdivide each paragraph. It’s easier for you to learn and comprehend vast portions when they are in smaller groups.
- Discover your learning styles - How do you learn better? Which mode is better suited for you? Academicians say that there are three modes of learning
- Auditory learners - Those who fall under this category will learn better when they listen rather than read. Try and read your notes aloud to yourself or someone else. You could also try recording key topics or points and play it back to yourself.
- Visual learner - They prefer to learn by reading. So try using highlighters or visual aids like diagrams or flow charts that will help you to retain information in a better fashion.
- Tactile learners - They learn better by doing. So try and devise business models to revise.
- Try various apps - Make use of technology in the best manner and app it up. Learn using the Pomodoro method. There are various apps that will help you learn this way. It is a proven method as it uses the concept of learning in chunks with regular breaks in between.
- Practice, practice, practice - As weird as it may be, most students pour in a lot of time to study the concepts but do not test themselves. Very often they will start trying out a problem and will feel ‘I know the rest’ and abandon the problem midway. This is a major pitfall that many fall into. The more you practice the more confidence it will bring, and it will also make you capable of solving problems quicker.
- Set a study goal - You will not even realise the power of a goal, yes achieving a good score is the ultimate objective, but why do you want it, what is needed to get that, is it studying harder? Practising more? Creating a better study plan? Figure out these so that you can learn stuff better.
Your job as a student isn’t to simply follow a set pattern. Find out what works for you, don't stick to norms. Studies have shown that having a proper mind map on how to tackle a topic helps students with retention. Reorganise ideas the way you like. Grapple with tough ideas and get them down.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get cracking!!