What is the Most Effective Way to Study?
- August 6, 2018
- Posted by: Sponge Socials
- Category: Study
Studying. We all spend a fair chunk of our time at high school or university doing it. In fact, there are some days (usually right in the middle of the dreaded exam period) when it feels like studying is all we do.
Despite the HOURS we may spend poring over our books, it can be difficult to know just how effective our study sessions actually are.
As tempting as the thought may be, it is important to know that there is no universal formula when it comes to studying. Like a lot things, the most ideal way to study will be slightly different for everyone.
To find out what the most effective way to study is for you, we suggest asking yourself two questions.
The first question is fairly straightforward. In fact, it’s a little obvious, but it’s also a really easy question to forget to ask yourself when you have the stress of a looming exam date coming up.
So, when your study session is beginning, ask yourself, “WHAT do I need to learn?”.
A lot of people waste a lot of time studying without a clear understanding of how the content will be used. One of the most effective ways to study is to begin by knowing exactly what is needed to be studied! You will be able to find this information in the rubric or marking criteria for each assessment.
Another question you will want to ask yourself is, “HOW do I learn most effectively?”. The best studiers are people who know their own study style and what works best for them. Every brain takes in information differently, so don’t waste your time studying in a way that doesn’t work for you.
There are so many different ways to study, but some of our favourites include:
- Mind maps
- Reading notes out loud
- Recording notes to listen to
- Creating your own quiz
All of these techniques work really well when they are paired with practice papers! Combining your knowledge with practice papers is a really beneficial way to prepare yourself for any exams.
To sum up – the most effective way to study will vary from person to person. Our tips for creating your own magic formula include understanding what it is that you need to learn and finding out what your personal study style is.