- Manage your time wisely and study in half hour chunks. Set a certain time each day for studying. If you have an exam coming up, start studying for it once you find out about the exam. That way, you can study a little each day leading up to the exam, and the day before, you can just review what you have studied already and go over anything you missed. When you study for long periods of time, you need to take breaks. You don't want you brain to mentally overheat.
- Find your spot for studying, whether its in your room, at the library, at your dinning room table or even outside in your backyard. Make sure you remove any possible distraction, like your phone, iPod, magazines, unnecessary books, ect. This way, you won't have the urge to stop your studying to do something else. Make sure your spot is comfortable, but not too comfortable that you end up falling asleep on the spot.
- Flash Cards for key terms. Flash cards are a method that's been around for a while. Actually writing down the word and definition help as it is, so once you start using flash cards, you will get your study on. Plus, flashcards are at a size that you can easily take anywhere you go, in case you want to get a quick study session in somewhere.
- When taking notes, underline or highlight things your teacher repeats, because they will probably be key things to remember for your next exam. When you go over your notes, you will know to make sure you focus more on underlined or highlighted areas. Also, when taking notes from a lecture, don't write everything the teacher says, summarize as much as you can. Make sure you write down any definition your teacher says or writes down themselves.
- Read and re-read. Reading an assigned part for a class once, is simply not enough. Read it once when its assigned. Re-read it again and again when studying till you get what the material is saying. Summarize paragraphs and sections as you go along-it's a way of making sure you get what the section is saying.
- Study guides. If your teacher makes one for the class before an exam, use the heck out of it. When you study and get a concept across and you fully understand it, check it off the study guide, so you know to work on other concepts. A study guide is great for reviewing. Once you have studied a good amount of time, go over the study guide to make sure you hit everything you wanted to.
Here are just a few ways people use for studying. Some things may be effective for you, and some may not. It really depends on yourself, and how you want to do things.
How do you study? What are some techniques that you use? Let me know in a comment below!