• Isabella Romero

5 Go-To Study Tips

Updated: Oct 30, 2021

Throughout my school and college years, I have learned what works best for me when studying for an exam or preparing for class the next day. These next 5 study tips can all be used in a single study session and can also be used interchangeably. It all depends on what you need for that moment in time.


My go-to 5 study tips are:

  1. Keep Distractions Away

Study time should be only to study. To enrich your knowledge about the subject that you are trying to learn. It is not about the cell phone, or the tablet, or the television. That is why I recommend putting your cell phone in airplane mode so that no sounds or vibrations take you out of your concentration zone. Everything you think may be a distraction for you, just turn it off and/or get it out of your sight.


2. Cut Study Time in Parts:


Time of 30 minutes is ideal since it is so much easier to assimilate information in short and repeated times, than a single one that is long and tedious.

Are you really telling me that you can sit there studying for 1-2 hours at a time without losing any focus? If so I commend you, but I am definitely cannot.


3. Create Summary Notes of What You Read:


When finishing a paragraph or a page, in a post-it note or a paper, write in your own words what you have understood. This trick will not only give you the summary and the most important parts of the paragraph or page, but it is also more difficult for you to forget because you have understood it in your own terms (you did not memorize it).


4. Explain What You Just Learned to Someone Else:


This advice could be considered one of the most valuable tips I could give you and it's one that 100% has worked for me in the past and it still does. It is that effective!!! Not only will you be processing the information once more (repetition), you will also notice if you forgot any detail that you may have to learn or understand again.


5. Do Not Memorize The Text Word by Word!!


It will be so much easier for you to understand the information that you are reading if you relate it to something that you know. If you relate it to your experiences in life. By relating the information to your life, it will be easier to achieve meaningful learning. This type of learning is much more resistant than just memorizing the information for the sake of a single test. Sure it may help you pass your exam, the one that you really need to get a good grade on in order to pass the class, but will it help you in the long term? By using the study tip of linking a new concept with something that you already experienced in life or see it in your everyday life, it will help greatly because that memory of you learning it, will be stored in the long-term memory section of your brain. Where if you might find yourself wanting to access it in the future you will be able to because you learned the information the correct way.


To this day, even though I am no longer a student, have found that these study tips are still 100% effective and I have applied them in my work routine.


Let me know if you tried any of these study tips that I just mentioned, or maybe you tried them all! Comment down below what were your experiences and how did you apply these study tips in your life!

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