Here are some tips for more effective studying
Things You’ll Need
• Material to Study
• Quiet Area
• 45 minute Interval
Tips and Strategies:
*Find a quiet place with no interruptions so you can focus on the material.
*Review the material right after class when it’s still fresh in your head – preferably the first 24 hours after the material is introduced.
*Review notes, power points and any handouts after skimming the chapter that was covered.
*Take notes , highlight vocabulary words and important notes/ selections in specific colors.
*Make note cards on important concepts or vocabulary words that you especially need to know. This way you can study in short intervals as the note cards should only take a few minutes to go through.
*Take short breaks frequently. Your memory retains the information that you study at the beginning and the end better than what you study in the middle. Its best to study in 45 minute intervals and take a 15 minute break, rather than study for hours on end. You will retain more information this way.
*Try to study least once a day for 45 minutes.
This way, the material will stay in your long-term memory . Cramming the material will only reside in your short-term memory .
*Make sure that you understand the material well, and don’t just memorize it.
*Study groups are good too, but they can sometimes veer off the studying direction if too many people are involved. Be sure to only use a study group if the people within the group are as serious as you are.
*Take the quizzes provided on CD or end of the chapter questions to review the material.
*Record the lectures if possible. This way you can either listen to them on your Ipod or in your car when you don’t have time to review for the day.