For instance, use index of highlighters and highlight most important, important or extra information using the index so that when you look back at your notes, you will know what to study. Write important information in a sticky notes or flashcards and stick it over your room or even your binder.
This helps you remember. Not Helpful 27 Helpful No, it won't be effective at all. In fact, it might even hinder your performance on the exam. If you study all night, your brain would not be able to function properly, so most if not all of the material you studied would be lost. Try to get about 8 hours of sleep before your exam; your brain will process and retain the information you studied much better that way.
Not Helpful 37 Helpful Yes, it's good to memorize as much material as you can. However, make sure that you understand what you are learning, and have a good idea of what the topic is about. Not Helpful 31 Helpful Is studying different subjects in a day more useful than just studying one? This is a personal preference. Some people prefer to take breaks by studying other subjects.
Try both methods for a week to see which feels best to you. Not Helpful 17 Helpful You do not have to write down every word your teacher says. Just pay attention the important points and write them down. Practice writing faster and improve your handwriting. Not Helpful 14 Helpful After I finish studying a topic, how often should I go back to review? It depends on how soon your test is. If it's in a week's time, review each day leading up to the test, and several times on the day prior to the test.
How many hours of sleep should the average person get on a regular day?
Not Helpful 8 Helpful Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Article Summary X To study intelligently and effectively, break your study sessions into minute chunks, and give yourself minute breaks between sessions so your brain has time to rest and recharge. Did this summary help you? Tips Seek tutoring if you are having trouble remembering information or taking notes.
A tutor can help you with individual subjects or help you to build study skills in general. Highlighting information helps so that you can remember the important parts. This is good, especially if you are a visual learner. If you're studying a chapter, go through the whole thing first. Then draw a quick mind map about sequences in the chapter.
Afterwards, study everything on its own and connect information together, thus strengthening your knowledge on the chapter. Edit Related wikiHows. Article Info This article was co-authored by Emily Listmann. Did this article help you? Cookies make wikiHow better.
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Rated this article:. VL Victor Lee May 11, I especially love the idea of having flash cards. The method of questioning myself and putting them into a "done" pile and a "needs more work" pile really helped me a lot.
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Thanks, wikiHow! A Anonymous Jun 14, I used to do flash cards but I thought that they are time consuming, especially when the day before the exam comes. But you proved me wrong, wikiHow!
Thank you for posting this article. KR Kamal Ramanai Apr 13, I liked the point here: that you can use back ground music but that you should not focus on the music's lyrics; your focus must be on studying. This article helped me avoid my cell phone and laptop. Thank you, wikiHow : " AH Alexis Hancock Jul 23, Turns out I've been studying wrong.
Take a break, it helps, seriously. MT Maka Tusaumwe Jan 19, I am willing to put lots of effort in and not just give up. Smith Jul 10, Every single wikiHow article just gets you going. I visit these pages when I'm out of motivation. AD Ankush D. S May 31, There were so many points that I didn't get from other articles. This was certainly helpful. I hope it works. Fingers crossed. OD Olivia Daly Aug 28, Well done.
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How to Study Effectively: 11 Studying Tips for College Students
JE John Egbere May 29, SB Suman Bhattacharjee Apr 9, As a whole, this article will help every student if they practice it on a regular basis. RP Ritesh Patil Oct 23, It was of great help for me, and I hope will be for everyone. Awesome tips and techniques. A Anonymous Mar 5, I did not know how to study effectively, but now I do. Thank you. The tips are very effective.
One will surely get good results if it's followed thoroughly. SB Sabhya Bhardwaj Oct 5, Whenever I get stuck in any situation, I just take help from wikiHow. Thanks a lot, guys, keep it up! Mokgadi Jun 23, Now I can start preparing early so I reach my goal, rather than discouraging myself. A Anonymous Mar 8, Thank you! AG Asa Gqeba Feb 25, AS Akshay Shinde Apr 5, I thought I had to study for hours without stopping but I was wrong.
Thank you very much! A Anonymous Sep 28, Your tips are amazing.
1. Don't attempt to cram all your studying into one session.
Highly successful students have generally learned to avoid multitasking. Instead of spending a lot of time doing low-intensity work with numerous distractions, these students work for shorter periods at higher intensity, without any distractions from email, social media, etc. Their studying is more effective and leads to greater achievement gains. Many students use learning techniques that are time consuming and give the illusion of mastery. They become familiar with ideas and information in preparation for a test, but forget it a week later because their learning techniques never led to long-term learning.
These techniques are difficult and require effort, and they slow down learning. Initially the learning gains seem to be smaller than with some ineffective practices. However, these techniques lead to long-term mastery. Pre-test: When students practice answering questions, even incorrectly, before learning the content, their future learning is enhanced. Research has shown that pre-testing improves post-test results more than spending the same amount of time studying. Spaced practice: Spacing out study sessions—focusing on a topic for a short period on different days—has been shown to improve retention and recall more than massed practice.
The book How We Learn explains that spaced practice can feel difficult due to an initial forgetting of knowledge—reacquiring that knowledge takes effort. Creating flash cards that can be used for spaced practice and self-quizzing is effective. Students should create different piles when reviewing the flash cards. Self-quizzing: Testing has a negative connotation in this era of standardized testing, but it is a form of active retrieval practice.