Education is a mandatory asset in everyone’s life. So one is required to attain a good level of knowledge by studying.
But in the education system, study skills and techniques are vital to excel better.
Scoring good grades is needed for scholarships and higher studies in reputed institutes.
But not all of us have the inherent qualities to excel well in our studies. This capacity to excel requires better abilities of memory, understanding of the subject and maturity of mind to grasp the subject.
The study, in general, has to be faster, complete, well understood and also ready for applicability in future jobs.
If the study is not learned t in this way, it will be less effective and also sometimes useless.
Best study tips for students:
1. Know what you are about to learn.
As a first and foremost requirement, Know what you are going to learn from that subject and how it can be helpful to you.
This creates interest in the subject.
Many have a dislike or aversion for studies or for one subject in particular.
This is due to a lack of interest or curiosity for the subject or studies.
And once he or she fails, there will be fear built up about the subject and hence his mind will further reject to study that subject or studies as a whole. Ex: Science means some material-related topic.
Social about history, politics, etc., Maths means some calculations for different purposes in day-to-day life.
2. Have an overall view of topics
Try to have an idea of what the topic or concept is about at the first instance in the subject.
You have an internal beforehand idea of what it is.
This gives clarity and helps set the mood for further grasping of the topic.
Ex: If it is a science subject and the lesson is on heat, you recall your experiences with heat, like its ability to spread through metals, expand things, etc.
3. Know the length of the chapter
Go through the headings and subtitles in the subject or chapter at first.
This gives you an idea of how much is the length of the topic and what you need to cover.
Moreover, it reduces your time of study as your mind is alert to how many topics you need t study to complete it.
4. Attend classes like in school or college as listening to the teacher gives a better idea and also makes the grasping of subject easy.
The amount of topic covered in one hour’s time by a teacher will be equivalent to a minimum of 3 hours of time taken by the student to cover it on his own.
Stay attentive in class for a better grasp of the subject.
5. Refer to more than one book for subjects like science, maths, etc., as different authors present in different ways a topic in their books.
So some chapters seem easy in one book while others seem so in another book.
6. Revise: Revision is the key to any study. If you do not revise, then you tend to forget the details of what you covered.
So it is a good idea to plan a schedule for revision besides just studies.
Habituate to write some important points, doubts or thoughts or assignments, or targets or goals in a workbook.
This helps you keep in touch with them, and you will not miss them to study.
Best Time for Study
Studying at the right time helps us to understand better and also remember it for a long.
I personally prefer to study during the early morning hours. But others find it better to study in the evening or late at night.
In the early hours, the mind is fresh and devoid of stress. Hence it is clear and in a receiving mode. Also, there will be few distractions due to silence around.
For some, studying at night time works well as they find it distraction-free, but the mind would be tired.
However, for students and young children, early morning would be good for better memory.
But again, it may vary from person to person. And some find it hard not to fall asleep during early morning hours.
Early in the morning
If you cannot spend time in the evening, you can try so the next morning. Typically starting at 4 AM or 5 AM would be good.
The mind is refreshed and whatever you study will be there for a long in the memory. Also, you could find a few doubts which can be clarified on the same day.
But many find it difficult to study in the early hours due to the force of sleep.
You can overcome it by washing your face with hot water, having coffee, and also performing some hard exercises after waking up from sleep.
Immediately after class
One should read the subject covered by the teacher immediately after class.
This helps a lot in terms of understanding better and also remembering better.
But one may not find the time or sufficient strength to study due to tiredness.
In the evening after school
Once you go home, it is good to revise what you were taught in the morning. This helps to get a clear idea of the topic and if you find any doubts, you could clarify them the next day.
Doing this on a regular basis has many benefits like you will be interested in attending the classes regularly, make notes, and understand the subject better.
Further, you will not need to worry about the exams at the last moment as you will be prepared well due to this study.
After a week of completion of the topic
At the weekends, one would have sufficient time. Spending a couple of hours would help revise the whole topic covered over the week.
This is the best way to add to your memory and you would feel very confident about the subject. You can easily understand better and prepare for exams fast.
But it is not as effective as daily preparation.
Before a few days of the exam
If you have followed all the above methods, you would be less tense before the exam. Because you know what has to be revised and also from where to study.
You would not be busy collecting notes or burning midnight oil for it. You will revise with ease and think of possible questions that might appear in the exam.
Before the exam, you just need to revise and also go through a few topics which are hard more times to get a grip over them. Also, follow the same notes which you used before.
But if you did not follow any of the previous methods and try to study just before exams, it would be an inefficient effort as you can study well.
So, it is advised to study on a regular basis and not just before the exam alone.
Studying skills and techniques
For everyone, some studying techniques are required. like in respect of memory, creative thoughts, concentration, writing speed, problem-solving speed, studying speed, better handwriting, ability to argue about the topic (for group discussion), etc.
a) Try to talk about the topic to friends so that the understanding and focus on the subject increases.
b) Try to imagine or build some clues for dates (in history subject) or images in physics or chemistry so as to build a memory of the topic.
c) For maths, try to memorize the important formulas and see other available options to solve the same problem. This enhances your command of the problems to solve them easily.
d) Revise and revise. This is very important. Coverage of a lot of chapters and still not revising them is useless for the sake of exams. So if you need to write in exams what you learn, it is important to revise them as frequently as possible.