3 Study Tips You Can Apply Now to Perform Well in Upcoming Exams
Posted: Aug 02, 2016
You can learn how to study in half the time while getting double the results. The study tips you are going to learn can help you change your life from studying hours and hours daily to actually finding time to enjoy yourself.
Here are the tips:
Tip #1: Get motivated to your study:
The vast majority of students never actually learn the joy of studying. They spend years and years of their life trying to make the grades but that should have nothing to do with studying. In school, studying is all about learning what other people want you to learn. In reality, studying is about learning what you want to learn.
The human memory was not designed to learn arbitrary facts. It was designed to learn information that's vital to survival. That's why, if you do something repeatedly it becomes almost like second nature. The repetition tells the brain that this is something important to know. There are a number of different ways to tell the memory what's important. One of the easiest ways is to just WANT to learn something.
The sad truth is, most people don't really want to learn. They're interested in getting better exam results but they never are all that motivated to learn the information. It can be difficult to get the motivation to try and learn something but it can be done. Absolutely anyone is capable of learning absolutely anything if they expose themselves to the information correctly. You need to find a way to be motivated.
Tip #2: Find Reasons to Study:
No person should ever sit down with the intention to study without first finding a reason to do it that's important to them.
The average student studies so they can get good grades. Those same average students usually don't worry excessively about their grades. They just think that grades are a good thing to worry about. That's the reason they have average results.
What if you gave up your stress about grades and focused instead on learning things that you love?
Students can always find good reasons for studying if they work at it. If someone can't find a reason than it's not studying that's the problem, it's motivation.
If you want to be a teacher, then study so you can learn information to teach other people. If you want to build a business then study so you can run your business better.
Information can always be related to a real reason for learning. Find that reason and you'll never struggle to stay motivated.
Tip #3: Limit Multitasking:
Multitasking is a clear sign that something isn't right in the realm of motivation. If you feel the urge to listen to music, or talk to friends, or do absolutely anything other than studying then you're not motivated enough to be studying. Get yourself motivated or don't study at all.
Multitasking is never as effective as the sum of its parts. It's better to study half the time than to split your attention between two different things.
This is mostly because of how stressful it is for the human brain to alternate between tasks. You cannot have a good conversation with someone while you're effectively studying (unless it's related to the subject.) That means, either your conversation is going to suffer or your studying will. I'm sure you can guess which one usually suffers worse.
Since people are usually struggling to be motivated to study in the first place, even a simple distraction like a text message could completely ruin any effort to memorise. It's best to just avoid the challenge of staying focused on studying in the first place by not giving yourself an alternative.
This can be a challenge for most people but it can be done. To help yourself follow through with single tasking, you might even want to cut down your study time. If you used to study for an hour while multitasking then try only studying for a half an hour without multitasking. The results will surprise you.
Priyank Pandey is a healthcare expert and founder of Healthroid - a healthcare and fitness website.