The Best 9 Scientifically Proven Study Tips
“I Will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come. —— Abraham Lincoln“
Studying, is the devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books.
It is an effort to acquire knowledge, a pursuit of observation and research.
“I studied so hard for the exam and I only got a low grade, why?”
Here’s 9 of the best scientific study tips for you to start your year with.
01- Short Sessions VS Long Sessions:
Research shows that study sessions are most effective in small short chunks Instead of cramming in a ten hour study session, it’s much more effective to spread it out into twenty thirty-minutes sessions over a few weeks.
This is because your brain is better at encoding information into the synapses in short repeated sessions as opposed to one large one.
And this is why even learning different skills, whether it’s swimming, tennis, or a singing lesson often follows the same format!
02- Don’t Pull An All-Nighter:
Cramming an pulling all-nighters may be a ritual, it turns out that this is linked to the lowest grades. After pro-longed study sessions, reasoning and memory may be negatively effected for after 4 whole days.
Instead, setting up specific times in a day, or during the week, just to study primes your brain by creating a routine and overtime studying actually becomes easier, as your brain is trained to learn in those moments.
Check out: 5 Ways to Stay Awake In Class
03- Don’t HIGHLIGHT, Instead FLASHCARD:
Many of us spend hours passively re-reading our notes or highlighting a textbook, studies have shown this to be inaffective. It doesn’t improve your understanding of topics, nor does it link key concepts together. It can even be detrimental, as it draws your attention to less important information.
Flashcards, on the other hand, are proven to be Excellent Memory Reinforcement tools. Whether, during your schedule study times, or during off times like a bus ride home.
04- Set a Goal !:
Setting a specific goal for each study session. Instead of aimlessly studying, pick one aspect you’re focused on, whether it’s balancing chemical equations, or learning how to conjugate french verbs.
If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well enough.
05- Study As If You’re Teaching:
In studies where individuals were asked to learn a passage, and then half were told they will be tested on the material, while the other half were told they would have to teach it to other students, participants expecting to teach it did much better on understanding the main points.
When you’re expected to teach, your brain organizes the information in a more logical, coherent structure.
06- Practice! And Then Practice Some More:
Practice, practice, practice!
Not only do practice tests for your brains in your environment, but even if you make mistakes, they help identify gaps in your knowledge. Practice test have also been proofed to increase confidence, thereby leading to better performance.
07- Set A Private Place For Studying:
So where should you be studying?
Research shows that having a designated sacred spot for studying, that is well equipped with every tool you might need is best.
Just like setting times, this primes your brain for studying.
08- Don’t Listen To Music While You Study:
Have an awesome study playlist?
Not so fast…while some studies have shown that certain types of classical music can help improve concentration, a recent studies have shown that learning with rhythmic background noise can be detrimental to focus, and those not using music, did much better.
09- Put Your Phones Away:
If you haven’t already, PUT AWAY YOUR PHONE! This is a no-brainer, but your texts and social media notifications severely decreases concentration.
A summary of today’s lesson
- it’s effective to spread your study session into twenty thirty-minutes sessions over a few weeks.
- All-nighter turns out that it is linked to the lowest grades.
- Flashcards, are proven to be Excellent Memory Reinforcement tools.
- Practice tests, practice studying, and practice reading more.
- Create your sacred place, where it has all the right tools for studying.
- Don’t listen to music while studying.
- Put your phones away when studying.