10 proven tips to study smarter, not harder

Whether you’re studying for your Bachelor degree, Masters or simply expanding your knowledge base, these tips will help you get the most out of your study time.

1. Study in short chunks

Short study sessions (30 mins max) help the synapses in your brain process information much better than lots of information in long sessions. Avoid all-nighters, start early in the semester, and make a study schedule.

2. Get in the zone

Create the ideal study space, and gather all the books and items you will need. This prep time also prepares the brain for study. Also, limit distractions – if you must listen to music, choose melodic music without lyrics, and of course, leave your phone alone and stay off social media.

3. Sleep well and exercise

You absorb information better when you’re alert, and even better after you’ve exercised. Make sure you’re well hydrated and get up tp move in between your 30-minute sessions.

4. Write flash cards

Your brain stores information better when you’ve written something down, so lose the highlighter and write the essentials on flash cards. A good system to use is the Leitner System.

5. Connect the dots

Think of ways the different pieces of information you’re learning are connected to each other. This is called contextual learning. Put all the connected information on one flash card.

6. Set goals

Make a list of study goals and tick them off when you reach them, this helps you feel in control and reduce any study stress.

7.Test yourself

Practise tests are a good way to see where you’re at, and what you might need to focus on more.

8. Aim to teach it

Tests have shown that people who study material to teach it to others, absorb the information more logically than those who are merely studying for themselves.

9. Read aloud & recall

Read your flash cards and summaries out loud, then close your eyes and try to recall what they say.

10. Lose the screen

A psychology lecturer at the University of Leicester in England has found that it’s harder to remember what you’ve read when reading from a screen rather than a book.

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