Top 7 Study Strategies And Techniques To Conquer Study
Knowing how to study is essential for all students, so at Leading Study Tips we have devised a list of seven study strategies to help students study.
Study Strategy 1: Mindmap.
Composing a mind map is a great way to study. You can start off by creating a bubble in the middle of the page, then slowly add branches which different topics you're studying. After, you can add secondaryto the current branches, for example the primary branch could be a topic such as "Protocals", then the secondary branches could be "HTTP", "TCP/IP", followed by a tertiary branch stating their definitions. Repeat this method for the test of your study topics. A lot of students find doing drawings and adding a small amount of colour to the mindmaps helps memorising. If possible, you should also add a small picture (don't spend too much time on this) to the secondary/tertiary branches, this way when your think of the picture, you will hopefully recall the information associated with the branches.
Study Strategy 2: Flashcards.
Flashcards are a great way to study as they incorporate visual learning and memory retention and it forces the brain to remember the information if the process of testing yourself with them is done repetivity over a long period of time. To create flash cards, you could use a piece of software such as Quizlet. Alternatively, you could make your own by cutting out rectangular pieces of paper, or buying coloured cards from supermarkets. When making flash cards you should try to include the key information of the topic you're revising and every 3 or 4 revision cards you should try to write down a few questions for yourself to make sure you remember the knowledge, followed by the answers on the back of the revision card.
Study Strategy 3: Make Videos.
If you have a particular passion for video making or if you're good at composing them, then consider making your own revision videos that include the key information of the topic. You could do this by creating a powerpoint, then record yourself reading out the information on the powerpoint and then consolidating that into one video as this will help with visual and auditory learning. Alternatively, you could create a video face-to-face with the camera and then overlaying images when you read out certain pieces of information so you associate that image to the piece of information. This method will take some experimenting as to what way you learn best.
Study Strategy 4: Use Apps.
With the new ever-expanding marketplace of apps on the android and apple app store, there is more than likely an app to suit your needs about the topic you're revising. If you find that you canno't seem to locate a suitable app, talk to your friends and/or teachers and ask them if they have used any that proved particularly useful.
Study Strategy 5: Collaboration.
Revising with a friend is a great way to study as you can test each other and if one of you is more skillful in a particualar area, then they can help you out or you can help them out. For studying together, you should write down notes about a topic you're both revising for 10 mins, then after that time you should pose each other questions about the topic. If they answer incorrectly, as a forfeit they must read the whole page again. This method is useful and can help with memory retention but can prove tedious if you or your friend is a slow learner.
Study Strategy 6: Make + Post Posters.
For this study strategy, you can create revision posters with the information you need, then photocopy it and stick them in places where you know they will catch your attention for you to read, for example: the mirror, the bathroom, the door etc. Try to make your information short and consise so you stay engaged.
Study Strategy 7: Space It Out.
Make sure you space out your revision and remember to keep in mind that the average persons concentration time is around 30-40 mins, so try to make a study timetable and factor in these sessions for good quality revision.
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