Study sessions can be frustrating. Sometimes it can seem that no matter how much time you have to prepare, you just aren’t retaining any of the information you need to pass the test. You Are Smarter Than You Think will help you unlock your brain’s full potential. Before investing in these secrets of success, here a few teaser tips to help you in the meantime.
Space it out
Do not do all of your studying in one session. Even a few days before your test is better than the night before. If you are having issues with spacing out your studying, we highly recommend reading our time management blog. Marathon study sessions will not allow you to retain information. It is also important to note that most classes are cumulative. Like most things, studying is most effective when done earlier rather than later.
Mix it up
Do not focus on one subject or class at a time. Cycle through your study tasklist with intervals of 30-60 minutes per topic. This will allow your brain to absorb the new information and helps avoid mental fatigue.
Put the highlighter down! While outlining important material is a smart study tactic, your studying shouldn’t end there. What’s the point of acknowledging a fact without learning what the fact is? Instead, highlight or underline the information, but follow up either with separate note taking or directly making notes into your text if applicable. This can be especially relevant for spatial and visual learners. Try to see the test taking not as a time to perform, but as a time to explain what you have learned.
Again, what’s the point of studying if you can’t learn the information? Fill the gaps in your studying by translating the material into your own words, connections, experiences, and other thought processes. Take control and force the information into your memory. You will be surprised to see how much more you know by the exam because you were able to compare to what you already know.
Now that you have the information stored into the recesses of your memory, it’s time to extract it. This technique will also help reduce text and performance anxiety. If you practice fetching the information by self-quizzing, recitation, conversation, and using flashcards, you will be much more successful in locating the information when you sit down to take the test.
Studying doesn’t have to be stressful or pointless. We can offer more in-depth tips and lifestyle habits to increase your brain function and academically prosper through You Are Smarter Than You Think. Get in touch with us today or order the program directly!