It’s so cheesy, yet so true; students who fail to plan are really just planning to fail.
Let’s break down exactly…
We all have 168 total hours in a week:
* 56 hours of sleep.
* 32 hours of attending class and work.
* 20 hours of eating, relaxing, and socializing.
That comes to about 106 hours; leaving us just 60 hours a week to do everything else, including bathing ourselves and going the bathroom.
Also, somewhere in those 60 hours we need to get all our studying done. So, here are five Fast Tips for studying better and more effectively in the least amount of time.
Fast Tip #1: Make Flashcards and Self Quiz
Use standard size index cards and write the definition of a term on one side of the card and the term itself in larger print on the other side of the card. After filling out a few cards, lay them all out with either the definitions or the terms side up.
Next, we need to pick a card and quiz ourselves as to what the other side of the card states. Finally, when we have completed picking up all of the cards, we must lay them all back down with the opposite side of the card facing up.
Then, we can begin quizzing ourselves again as to what the other side of the card states.
Flashcard self-quizzing works for any subject. Usually, the more self-quizzing we do, the better our final grades become.
Fast Tip #2: Use A Digital Voice Recorder
We need to use smart phone voice recorders, or other small digital recorders, to record ourselves reading important key points while studying.
Then, we can play back the recordings repeatedly while we’re on the go. This will reinforce the messages into our subconscious mind.
Finally, as we hear the information over and over we need to speak it out loud, or mouth it to yourself silently, so it becomes more ingrained in our memory.
We can also use the voice recorder to quickly capture ideas about possible test questions and formulate ideas for answers. Voice recorders are vital for discovering how to study better in college.
Fast Tip #3: Have Quick Post-Class Solo Study Sessions
Having quick post-class solo study sessions will help keep all of the information from class fresh in our minds and easier to recall later. Don’t wait hours or days after a class to study and review the material.
It is best to schedule a 10 minute post-class solo study session after every class, or as soon as possible after every class.
The reason for this is when we go straight from class into a quick solo study session, our brains connect much more easily with the material than if we let time go by and attempt to do it later.
Quick post-class solo study sessions seem like extra work, but they’re not.
Because in the end if we don’t have quick post-class solo study sessions we’ll end up putting in even more time trying to study and connect with cold material days or weeks after we first heard it.
That’s why we need to implement quick post-class study sessions to review the material after each class. If we do this consistently, the rate at which we will retain the material will be shocking.
Fast Tip #4: Get A Study Partner
Having a study partner who is not a roommate, or close friend, will help us stay focused and allow us to get more studying done because distractions will be at a minimum.
We must tell our study partner when all of our tests and quizzes are, and have them tell us when all of theirs are as well.
Then, we need to get together at least twice a week with our study partner and quiz each other on the material for any upcoming tests.
Also, in addition to getting together, study partners must call each other no less than three times a week as an extra study reminder.
Finally, study partners should always contact each other on the day of a test to ensure the other is ready and prepared to do well. Teaming up is very important when we’re studying and aiming to truly succeed in college.
Fast Tip #5: Practice The Test Day ‘A-Maker’
This proven five-step test day ‘A-Maker’ study tip is the backbone of all studying techniques. This is what high level studying is all about and it takes place after the prior four Fast Tips have been completed.
Successful graduates swear by it, and drop-outs swear at it. Here’s exactly what we need to do just before taking a test:
1. Investigate (one to two minutes): Glance over the entire section of material for the test. See what the headings/bold topics are along with the any graphs, lists, charts, etc.
Also, check for introduction and summary paragraphs along with any glaring names of people or places. Be careful to resist the urge to begin reading any of the material at length. That comes later.
For now, basically just scan the material and identify three to six major ideas that the test will center around.
2. Query (approx 30 seconds): We must now ask ourselves what are the central themes in the section of material we’re being tested on. Do this a few times because even on test day repetition is the cornerstone of how to study better in college.
3. Read (approx 10 minutes): Now we need to read each section while we keep our attention on what we have investigated and queried already.
This is called active reading, and it allows our brain to naturally pick out important bits of information because we’ve prepped for it beforehand by investigating and querying.
4. Rehearse/Write Down (approx 5 minutes): It’s time to speak the key phrases and definitions from the studied material either slightly in our heads, or out loud, and then write them down again.
It is vital that we hear and write down the key points of our studied material one last time before the test. This doesn’t need to take a long time and it doesn’t need to be neat or formal.
However, it needs to be done for optimal test scores.
5. Re-quiz: One of the tips from earlier involved formally quizzing ourselves on the material.
Now, as the real test approaches we must quickly re-quiz ourselves again from the rehearse/write down notes we just took. This will finally implant the material directly into our short-term memory for easy recall.
* Action Steps *
You need get some supplies. Here is your shopping list for unlocking how to study better in college starting now:
* Colored Index cards
* Digital Voice Recorder
* A planner for keep track of your study schedule
Now list three people who would make good study partners for you, and contact them in order to ask them about being study partners until one of them says yes.
Remember you’re looking for a study partner, not a social partner.
Finally, discuss tip #5 with your study partner and write down how it will best work for both of you. It’s a great way to get the ball rolling for discussing the best study methods for you both.
That’s ultimately how to study better in college while further tapping into your inborn power. This will bring you closer to living as the most complete version of yourself immediately.
How To Study Better In College Starting Now
– Written by Motivational Joe