Studying in university is a challenging process. In a typical university course, your professor never goes back and recycles or reconsiders the material. Students should find their own strategy to master the course. Here are 8 Ways to Study Effectively :
1) Don’t just re-read your notes and readings
In university, students typically re-read assignments and notes while they study. In fact, this repetitive act is not a good way to create more permanent memories. After reading some information on your test book, you may close your eyes and try to narrate them in your head. Experiments show that memory is enhanced when we block out the outside world.
2) Ask yourself lots of questions
You may read once and then making up your own questions. Regaining that information is what actually produces stronger learning and memory. By asking questions, you’re trying to explain and creating a better understanding, which leads to better learning and memory.
3) Connect information between the material’s ideas
You can use Mind Mapping methods to get better results, improve memory and spend less time making notes. Mind Maps help students to note down only the most important information using key words, and then make connections between facts and ideas visually, keeping all of the essential topics together on one sheet.
4) Using Flashcards
Flashcards are another good way of studying. You can try to use the Leitner System with your flashcards. In Leitner System, flashcards are sorted into groups according to how well the learner knows each one in the learning box. You repeat reading the flashcards that you have difficulty more often than those you have memorized.
5) Play some background music
Listening classical music while you’re studying may provoke a change in the learning environment, influenced the students’ motivation to remain focused during the study. It can also activate parts of your brain that can help you pay more attention.
6) Exercise before studying
You can have a walk, stretch, or go for a jog around 20 to 30 minutes before you start studying. In addition to the benefits to your muscles, you also allow your mind to relax and reorganize. Exercising will also give you the endurance to study for several hours.
7) Remove negative distraction
Try to focus only on your study and don’t split your attention to anything else. Instant notifications and internet are amongst the worst things to happen to studying. Updating Facebook status or responding message notification can lead to 10 minutes of distraction.
8) Reviewing your notes after the lecture
You should review your notes within 24 hours of attending the class. As you read your notes, create a to-do list of aspects that need special attention, such as asking the professor or classmates a question or further reading in the textbook.
Anything that creates active learning and generates understanding on your own is very effective in studying process. To be successful on your study in university, you have to make things more interesting for you and you will start learning more effectively. (DAS)