How to study smarter not harder
How to study smarter not harder
It is true that studying is not every person’s favorite task or best talent. Some individuals can study effortlessly without using much effort. However, for others, it is a pretty challenging task to remember what they study and learn. If you fall into the second category and are searching for some tips to study smarter, continue reading this blog.
- Effective planning is compulsory
You must always begin with an effective plan if you want to study effectively. You are supposed to work according to a strict time schedule. Before setting up a time, however, you must know what’s your most productive time to do your studies. Then, stick to that plan without even thinking of procrastination. Also, you should set realistic times for each assignment without exhausting yourself.
It is important to prioritize the subjects. In general, many individuals start with the easiest ones and leave the most difficult ones to the end. However, this can be counterproductive. When you reach the difficult subjects, your energy levels are already depreciated because you have done studies for some time already. So, prioritize the difficult subjects and study the easier ones at last. As you complete the difficult ones, your mind will start to feel more energetic with a sense of accomplishment.
- Disconnect from social media
If you do your studies through the internet, be sure to disconnect social media until you complete the planned study session. If you don’t use the internet, switch off your mobile phones and laptops so you can focus on your studies. In fact, social media and messaging apps are incredibly disturbing so stay away from them during the study sessions.
- Make use of visual aids
You can remember what you study well by using visual aids as much as possible. Diagrams, pictures, videos, charts, etc. will definitely help you remember study matter very well. Also, when you read notes, use some color highlighters to highlight the most important content. Moreover, you can use a large whiteboard to write down the most important points you learn.
- Your mind deserves some refreshment
You don’t have to put a lot of strain on your mind when studying (it can become counterproductive). So, take breaks appropriately; take about 10-15 minutes breaks between lessons. Have some refreshment, take a walk to your backyard, breath some fresh air, and start fresh. However, don’t ever use that break to browse social media, make phone calls, etc. If you do, that will destroy your focus and make you forget everything easily.
- Make use of metaphors
Metaphors or symbols are ideal to support your studies. Just associate particular lessons with a simple and everyday thing that can be appreciated. If not, try to apply what you learn to something you see in real life. For instance, if you study psychology, you may consider the parts of the brain to be sections of a PC you know very well.
The key is to set realistic goals and stick to those plans. If you try to overload your brain just because you want to “study more”, that’s not going to work. Just realize your studying capacity and make plans to match that. As you go on, you will be able to increase the study time gradually and remember more. Good luck!