Learning is an invaluable experience that everyone should go through. Whether it's school, university or postgraduate studies, new discoveries await us everywhere.
However, this experience is not always pleasant. After all, any educational process implies that you will have to demonstrate in the end your knowledge. And that means such an unpleasant thing as exams.
But what to do if, despite your efforts, knowledge is hard to come by? What to do if it flies into one ear and flies out of the other without leaving any valuable and useful information in the bottom?
In fact, everything is not so scary. There are many ways you can improve your learning performance. Here are 10 simple but very helpful tips to help you learn better.
Tips for the correct organization of the educational process
Tip one: remove from sight anything that distracts your attention
Do you know why professional billiards or golfers demand silence from the public? Because it is almost impossible to concentrate when everything around, including noise, distracts your attention!
Exam preparation, like any other educational process, is no different from playing billiards - if there are distractions (TV, guitar hanging on the wall, game console - in short, everything that comes into your field of vision), then you are almost certainly will be distracted.
So, the key point for those who are often distracted is to create an environment that is as conducive to learning as possible. If for this you need to move the table to another place - move it! Don't you have the strength to resist the temptation of the TV standing next to you? Cover it with something or move it!
Perhaps, for this, someone will need to make order on their desk, taking a minimalist approach as a basis. Sometimes the attention is distracted not only by the phone lying nearby, but also by the accidentally turned out to be off-topic book.
You may be impressed by a different setting - when your desk is littered with papers, books ... It is not at all necessary that you need silence - some people work perfectly to music, say, classical. The key to success is being comfortable!
Tip two: choose your place carefully
Approximately the same should be the approach to choosing a place for classes. It is clear that students living in a hostel have little choice. But if you personally have the opportunity to choose, then, for example, the bedroom is far from the best place to sit down to books.
In general, given the myriad of distractions, some of which have been listed above, even your home isn't always the right place for productive study. And if you are constantly distracted by your pets ...
The most obvious place to study to advise is, of course, the library. However, it is far from always calm there (especially on the eve of exams). It turns out that finding a comfortable place to study is not such an easy task!
In fact, you just need to consider all the options. If the weather is favorable, you can get out into the park, find a free-standing bench, away from the noisy kids, where no one will bother you to gnaw the granite of science. Or you can, as an option, drop into a quiet cafe.
It is known that a quiet hum, gathered from various voices (let's call it "classroom hum"), is able to stimulate students to study. This is the kind of hum that can be heard in a cafe. Perhaps this is not the best option for you. Well, look for your own, but do not forget that study and bed are incompatible.
Tip three: select the material in which you "float"
It is not for nothing that they say that from session to session, students have fun. The fun ends and the most stressful time for the vast majority of students comes - the time to test knowledge, that is, the time to pass exams.
It is during these periods that many students feel the pressure of time. As a rule, this translates into the fact that absolutely all the questions cannot be prepared for the exam. However, not all students use their time before the session rationally.
In fact, there is one secret that, even in the last days before the session, will allow you to prepare for the exam more effectively. The fact is that, with a large amount of material, many students barely have enough time to read it a couple of times.
This is not enough, especially when it comes to difficult moments. It is recommended that you write on paper a summary of the contents of each ticket before re-reading. Perhaps the content of some questions should be broken down into parts and also summarized its content.
When re-reading, you should not concentrate on the material that you know quite well. Pay attention to those points that you could not summarize the idea on paper, and spend more time repeating these points.
Tip four: learn to plan
Planning is something that teachers tell us all the time, but something that is rarely taught. And why should they - after all, they themselves try to strictly follow the curriculum, which, in fact, does not include the need to teach us how to learn!
That is why you must learn to plan on your own - this is an extremely necessary skill that will come in handy not only in further studies, but also in any job, and just in your daily life.
Deliberately postponing the most difficult things for later, you yourself are well aware that you are wasting your time irrationally. Start by making an entire to-do list for your curriculum for one week.
This simple activity, which may not seem particularly useful (at first glance), will help you, in fact, rid your head of unnecessary junk in the form of a to-do list. In addition, you will be able to visually assess the entire volume of work. Don't forget to include due dates!
Then it is worth highlighting the most difficult and time-consuming tasks and tasks. When you do this, scatter your daily worries on each day of the week, taking into account your workload on that particular day.
Tip five: study in a group with other students
Group work is a very rewarding and productive practice for any student. Of course, efficiency can sometimes depend on what you are working on. Perhaps if you are studying the development of painting during the Renaissance, you need a bottle of wine and some privacy.
However, if your area of study is applied sciences (for example, medicine, mathematics, construction), then studying the material in a group, solving problems and finding the right answers together can be very effective.
This efficiency is due to the fact that the process of checking the material becomes more dynamic and attractive. There is an opportunity to ask questions, discuss difficult moments in a team, and formulate answers more correctly.
Of course, you are technically able to do the work in front of you yourself. However, in this case, the likelihood increases not to pay attention to your weak points, not to feel the moments in which you are swimming.
There is also such a negative point as the monotony of the process of independent study of the material. If you want to avoid this, then group classes are the way to go. Change the format of the study and, perhaps, you will become better at memorizing the material.
Tip six: take regular breaks
Painstaking work on the material yields obvious results. However, the proximity of exams amid a number of current problems puts pressure on students, forcing many of them to literally fence themselves off from the outside world with an iron curtain.
Some refer to this period with excessive fanaticism - they close for several days in their room, taking short breaks just to take a nap, go to the toilet or go to the kitchen for a sandwich. Others refuse to sleep altogether.
This is the wrong tactic! Breaks on a regular basis are required. After all, it is not without reason that a lot of studies have been carried out, which have proven that if you regularly give your brain time to rest, then the efficiency of assimilation of the material will significantly increase.
You will be able to assimilate more material and do it faster; your opportunities will motivate you, which will only increase your productivity. Of course, we are not talking about the fact that you, having worked for 15 minutes, then spent three hours reviewing several episodes of "Game of Thrones".
But to work with the textbook for two hours, and then interrupt to watch one series of "Interns" or some other light and short comedy - that's the very thing. This approach gives rest to the prefrontal cortex and allows you not to get stuck on difficult moments.
Tip Seven: Feed Your Brain, Not Your Stomach
The times of scarcity are long gone. This means that there is no need to eat one tea, saving on the essentials - on those resources that allow you not only to exist, but to work effectively, assimilating the material.
We are talking about good nutrition. Of course, once inspiration has taken hold of you, it is quite difficult to interrupt even in order to make yourself a regular sandwich or order a pizza. At this moment, we ignore the indignant urges of our stomach.
However, you should not do this, since in the end not only the stomach suffers from such irresponsibility, but also your brain, and, therefore, your productivity in studies decreases. Don't reinvent the wheel: Science has long recognized the inextricable link between diet and cognitive brain function.
The latter needs food no less (or even more!) Of the stomach. And here you should not try to deceive him with ordinary sausage and cheese sandwiches, hamburgers from the nearest eatery, or chocolate bars.
During the period of active study, when our brain is working, as they say, at the limit, it needs special food! That is why fruits, vegetables and nuts must be present in your diet - this is at least!
Tip Eight: Don't Let Yourself Dry!
This famous slogan of the early 2000s perfectly expresses the idea of the eighth tip, which will allow you to learn more effectively. Eating the right diet is good, but not enough to keep your brain working to its fullest.
If you don't drink enough water, your brain's capacity will be greatly reduced. Adequate water is not the proverbial eight glasses a day that trumpets you around every corner.
In fact, it is imperative that you always have a bottle of clean drinking water with you. Keep it bright and eye-catching - this is one of the items on your desk that should be occasionally distracted by.
Don't wait until you feel very thirsty. As soon as your lips dry out a little, take a sip of water; if you went to the toilet and noticed the dark color of your urine, drink some water. Moreover, these are two late signs of dehydration!
Also try to avoid the temptation to constantly consume coffee or caffeinated beverages. Any power engineers are also a flexible option! High sugar and caffeine levels raise blood pressure, which ultimately reduces your productivity (not to mention the health risks!).
Tip nine: use effective memorization techniques
Monotony and the need for constant study is what can negate the effectiveness of any educational process. But are these rules of assimilation of the material, which many consider the only true ones, really so unshakable?
In fact, everything is far from so sad and hopeless. The simplest, but at the same time the most effective way is not just to read the material to yourself, but to transfer at least part of it onto paper, sometimes using associative images.
For example, you can bind some postulates and formulas to certain symbols or words. At the same time, the development of mnemonic memory occurs, mnemonics are being polished, which makes it possible to easily memorize much more material in a shorter time.
Of course, this approach will take more time from you, but your goal is not to shorten the training time, but to use it more productively. One such trick is writing cheat sheets. No need to copy, no need to print - you need to rewrite the material with your own hand. Then there will be a sense.
Another useful secret is to repeat the material you are memorizing in your own words. Cramming may give you a chance to pass an exam or credit. However, there will be little use from thoughtless memorization, since this knowledge quickly disappears.
Tip ten: give yourself the correct setting
A lot has been said about the benefits of positive thinking in any business. And the learning process is one of those activities that requires you to be in the right mindset. You simply have to convince yourself that you are mentally prepared to master the material of any complexity.
When there is a need to sit down at a textbook in order to master another difficult chapter, you should not act as if Calvary awaits you! Of course, sometimes it can be very difficult to give your brain the right mindset.
If you are feeling fatigued, the chances of you being able to absorb the material through strength are slim. However, it is worth learning how to manage your mood and state of mind. Suppress bad thoughts and defeatist moods. Tell yourself: "I will learn this material and I will definitely pass the exam!"
Be inspired by your own victories and do not dwell on your defeats, because the latter are a temporary problem. You are quite capable of overcoming any difficulties, and even more so to master some material there!
You should also not compare yourself with other, more successful students, tuning in to the idea that "you can never do this." Throw away emotions, follow all the above rules, and the time when you will achieve success will not be long in coming!