Just because you need to study hard doesn’t mean studying has to be hard. You’ve heard this before, I’m sure: Don’t study longer, study smarter! But it’s easier said than done. Especially when you don’t know how to start. Lucky for you, we’ve got some smart-studying tips to guide you.
The secret? Creating the perfect study session. Here’s how.
Study sessions can be classified into three.
1. Solo Study Sessions
As a person who likes making reviewers and can barely focus on the notes they’re understanding with people around, solo study sessions are highly ideal. It’s really all about the charm of having time to yourself and some quiet or some music depending on your mood.
2. Couch Study Sessions
Couch study sessions are slightly trickier to manage. Sometimes, studying solo isn’t enough. If you’re the type to study some subjects better by asking questions to someone who may know more, or even just the type to throw ideas back and forth to get a better understanding of a certain concept or topic, this type of study session is just right for you. The personal aim of this kind is to really set up a more relaxed reviewing atmosphere, studying side by side—best done on a couch—with 2-4 people, reviewing their own resources until one prompts a question.
Cram table sessions are best done near an exam. This is, by experience, the messiest kind of study session. A number of people are usually gathered around a table, cramming problem sets, arguing about what’s the right application of a certain concept or process, and/or electing someone to teach a topic no one understands. It might not always be the most calming of study sessions, but it definitely helps to know that you’re not suffering alone.
Study smarter with these study hacks
Let’s start with the simple act of keeping your devices in a room away from your study room or space. The key to staying more focused is to stay away from the things that trigger your mind to wander. In some cases, keeping temptations out of sight is enough to keep distractions out of mind. Some people even feel the need to deactivate their social media accounts for an entire month just to focus on studying. That’s okay! Remember that studying isn’t supposed to be a punishment. The actions you take in implementing discipline should be decided by you because you know yourself best.
Make use of an academic Google Drive.
It’s definitely easier to study when all your resources are in one place. If by chance your class or even an organization has an academic drive, don’t hesitate to ask for access. If there isn’t one, don’t let the lack of it stop you. Gather different resources with friends from different sections, and even older batches if you’re lucky. It’s a team effort well worth it!
Practice, practice, practice.
Learning isn’t all about memorization. Whatever it is you managed to stick in your head is nonsense if you don’t know how to apply it. The world needs more people who understand, who think critically, who are geared towards solving problems and developing new skills. The world will never change for the better if the people living in it stick to what they know instead of reaching out to adapt to change.
No matter how tedious or irrational it may seem, practice. Practice to master a skill, to get better, to make your weaknesses your strengths. Practice the same thing to learn new things about it and see things in a different light. Until nothing makes sense so you can create a new practice. Practice until you never forget. You will never truly learn unless you practice.
It has come to a point in this generation that we refuse to rest because of guilt, because rest means trading productivity time. Now, the term “burnout” is spoken and heard all too frequently, the product of a system that we couldn’t destroy, and so we decided to win it instead. We work and work until we can no longer function, which doesn’t improve productivity at all.
Here’s a helpful tip: rest. Relax. Breathe. Pace yourself. Remember, the best come from those who rest.
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