September 12, 2018 You are not the only one. The problem isn’t the amount of time we spend studying, but the efficiency with which it is done. Maximizing your efficiency will allow you to spend less time studying and ensure that the material you have studied sinks in.
Here are five tips to help you study efficiently for your next exam, now that the semester is over and exam period has begun.
Break it up
You are more likely to recall what was the first and last thing you did and forget what was between. Divide your study time into smaller segments to ensure you retain the most important material. You can study for 25 minutes at once, with a 5-minute break in between. Although it may seem like a lot, you will get more out of your time that way.
Collaborate in a group
Working with a partner, or in a small group allows you to see the material from a different angle and learn new tricks. Even if you are not in the same course or have different interests, having a designated partner to study with will help you both stay accountable, motivated, and on track. The social interaction will make it more enjoyable to study and increase your likelihood of remembering what was covered.
Get well rested
While it may seem like a good idea, all-night study sessions are not conducive to efficiency. You should make time to study when your brain is awake and alert. A cup of coffee may help, but not three to keep your eyes open. You will retain more information if you are well rested. After a good night’s rest or a quick workout, review your notes.
Do not memorize
Practice makes perfect
It is the best way to retain what you have learned. This means that you must practice and practice it. You should practice as many questions, textbook quizzes, and in-class tests as possible. StuDocu has past exams, quizzes, and in-class study material that will give you a good idea of what to expect when it comes time for the exam.
Julia Stamp, StuDocu.com, wrote this blog post