The Best Ways to Study
I'm not going to lie, I get distracted SO easily. Some days, studying comes easily and I'm able to focus all day. Others, I'm lucky if I cover any material at all. I am curious what works best for you?
- •Going to a new location, putting a song on repeat very quietly and putting the phone on do not disturb.I vividly remember my best undergraduate exam- my physiology final junior year. I spent the whole weekend in the library by myself and studied so intently because none of my friends stayed at school that weekend.
- •QuizletThe fact that quizlet now has an app makes me feel old, but it is actually a great tool. It can act as regular flash cards, create an exam or create memory games to help learn the material. This really helped me in my vocabulary heavy Psychology of Memory course in undergrad.
- •Exercise!Some study showed that being physically active while you study helps you retain the information better. I even saw a video of a school that had their students get on ellipticals with their books propped in front of them, and their tests improved dramatically.Suggested by @OffTheDott
- •Also, highlight or write important terms in redSome other study showed that red words are remembered better than green or black words.Suggested by @OffTheDott
- •I used to lie down on hard surfaces and then come up with mnemonic devices!This helped me with IB tests in high school as well as through college and grad school. The hard surfaces just made me concentrate more (but don't do this in a public place! It's weird) and the mnemonic devices make it easier to remember things!Suggested by @evak
- •I used to record myself reading from my textbooks and then play it back over and over.On actual cassettes because I'm that old. The idea was, I think, that is play them to myself in my sleep, but I never quite figured out how to fall asleep while science textbooks were speaking to me. I would listen while reading along sometimes (audio + visual = better retention) or sit and make friendship bracelets while listening, since I as obsessed with them. The 90s were a simpler time! It worked though - I got an A in science!Suggested by @bookishclaire
- •Writing this out over and over.For learning German vocabulary, I used to write out the words over and over, in different colours sometimes. Then I would cover the English half of my vocab book and try and remember them. And then the German one.Suggested by @bookishclaire
- •Write things down.Scientifically proven! I have really terrible memory, but I found that the act of putting pen to paper really does help when you need to recall things. It's also helpful to write things down in your own words, instead of copying things verbatim.Suggested by @betch
- •My method:Learn the stuff, right it out from memory, repeat. Boring but it works for meSuggested by @r_hynes_
- •Try to explain the concept you're studying to someone else.If you can relay the information clearly to another person in your own words, you're all set.Suggested by @betch
- •Popular culture associationsOnly works with some subjects, but useful. When I was studying psychiatry I printed out pictures of Eeyore, Horton Hears a Who, Prozac Nation - etc - and made mindmaps around them.Suggested by @barefootmeds