6 Scientifically Proven Ways To Study Better
The end-of-the-semester clock is ticking down – before you know it, finals will be here. If you have spent more time this semester studying your Instagram feed than your textbooks, consider yourself officially warned.
If you’re not sure how to even begin digging into your class notes, there are a few scientifically proven tactics you can employ to be more efficient and make the most of those long days and nights.
Stick to paper.
Reading through your notes on your computer might be more convenient and eco-friendly than printing off pages and pages of course material, but it can make a huge difference in your studying to hit “print.” The average person reads material on ebooks much slower than printed materials and studies have shown that recall is diminished when you study material on a screen.
Maybe you pat yourself on the back for being able to undertake multiple tasks at once, but that doesn’t mean that you’re doing any of them well. Many experts believe that multitasking impairs studying, so it’s best to stay off of your social media accounts, avoid texting and sit in a place where you can totally focus on your reading.
Make sure to sleep.
That all-nighter you usually pull before a big test might be doing you more harm than good. According to recent studies, a lack of sleep not only impairs brain functions, but you can actually recall information better after you’ve had a chance to sleep on it. So, make sure to catch those all-important Z’s.
Get a workout in before hitting the books.
Exercise is a proven brain booster and studies have shown that exercise gets blood flowing to the brain more evenly, which makes you more alert and better able to absorb information.
Less is more.
Studying hard doesn’t necessarily mean you’re studying well. Scientists believe that overstudying can impede your ability to learn. So, that cramming session might go in one ear and out the other. Instead, space out your study sessions to ensure you’re not draining your brain in one big sitting.
Review your notes asap.
Research shows that when you don’t review information at all shortly after learning it, you lose 50-80% of what you learned. The best strategy to retain information you learn in class is to review your notes again later on in the day or within a 24-hour period.
It’s time to get serious, so get cracking and employ these tips at a little at a time to ensure that you’re ready to go on exam day!