One of the things that changed for me once I finished high school and started University, was that my teachers weren’t after me, telling me what to do all the time. What I mean is that, it’s your responsibility to study. They will set the date for exams, and it’s up to you to make a study guide (and remember to actually study). So, here are five tips that helped me study during these five years:
I had heard of this before but never thought it would work, until I tried it. I would study during the week and then rest for a few days. The night before the exam I would read the study guide one more time before going to bed and then in the morning I would read it again on my way to school. This helped me even those few times I forgot to study! (of course there are subjects that are impossible to study for in just one night) This tip was really effective for me; just remember to turn off your phone before studying the night before, so you don’t get distracted. That way, you’ll go to bed with everything you read fresh on your mind.
Even when your teachers give you one, it helps to copy it and write it yourself; that way, you’re actually reading it and repeating what it says on your mind. Whenever I had to figure out on my own what to study, I would take the books and presentations my teacher would provide for us, and instead of just reading, I would do this: read, highlight (concepts, articles, etc), write what I highlighted in my notebook and then, I would read it before going to bed. It seems like a lot more work than just reading (which is what most students do) but trust me, this process helps to actually learn about what you’re reading.
Trade places with your teacher. Imagine you’re going to help another student study, so you have to know what your talking about. Read your material, and then try to explain it to yourself in your own words. I found it a lot easier when it came to classes like Philosophy, where is impossible to know everything by heart, to just read and explain in my own words. Of course this might not be so helpful to students that have to learn math formulas and stuff like that, but when you study a career or take a class where all you have to do is read and read and read, this tip makes learning a lot easier.
It depends on what you’re studying, but for me it was a lot easier to go back to a reading and know what I was looking for. It really depended on the subject, but let’s say I was in a criminal law class:
Blue for Titles (in Mexico we call them “articles” and they are numbered)
Yellow for sentences
Orange for procedures
Etc. it really depends on the class, but it does help you do this, especially when taking notes, that way when you need the information to study you already know where to look.
When it comes to studying, silence is crucial. But when you can’t find a single quiet room in your house, or you simply have a very easily distracted mind (like I do), classical music might be your savior.
Do you have any other tips for studying? Let me know in the comments!