8 studying tips on how to study for exams.

8 studying tips on how to study for exams.

Are you tired of learning very hard, and not getting the outcome you wanted? If you are, I have news for you. Here are 8 studying tips which will help you acquire the most out of your learning efforts.

1. Read about your subject for one hour a day.

This sounds like common sense, however, many students don’t practice this. They rather wait for the last occasion and suddenly start reading.

But in most of the situations it’s hopeless. So why not expanding your learning time over a longer period of time?

Just an example person A needs to make a test next week, But he didn’t spend a lot of time in reading. Now person A needs to put all his energy in learning in just a few days.

Person B needs to pass the same test, but he has started to digest the subject, by reading 1 hour every day already 4 weeks before the deadline.

A simple calculation learns that person B has spent seven times four which is twenty-eight hours of learning. And that’s more than a full day! Now who do you think will pass the test?

2. Talk with other students about the subject.

By talking with people you transfer information, and discussions will be created which is great because now you need to defend your statement and come up with good examples to proof you are right.

By using fine examples you rapidly put into use what you know. And if you can explain it to a student, you can also do it on your exams and get good grades.

Clearly that 2 students understand more than 1. So this is a great method for learning.

Most profit you will have from this technique if you are already prepared a bit. To do so I recommend that you have studied the subject for at least 30-60 minutes.

3. Write your notes in your own words.

Just after you attended a lecture you take a good look at your notes. You rewrite the lecture in your own words.

Then you look up in the  textbook whether you own written text is in agreement with the knowledge in the textbook make corrections in your text when needed.

4. Create a mind map to organize your contents.

The goal of a mind map is to split your learning topic into different parts and connect them with lines to set up your learning topic in a clear way.

For instance, you create a mind map about your country. In the middle you place the main subject. In this situation the name of your country. Second you split your country in different topics like: the past, the culture, the climate of your country and so on.

Now you divide all these subjects into more specific topics. And remember to connect them with strokes. In addition you can colour the words and the lines to increase the clarity. Now it’s easier to see the connection among the topics.

5. Create a learning schedule.

When learning for college planning ahead gives you a huge advantage.

At first find out when you have tests. Find this out immediately when the lecture starts because then you can apply tip one.

It’s clear now how much time you have to learn.

Decide how much time you have to spend on learning a day. If you have four weeks or two weeks left makes quite a difference.

Write it down in a time schedule and leave space over in this schedule you are going to study in this time.

In fact you are a creating a mind map as discussed in tip number four. During this process of reading and writingyour subconscious mind will be activated.

Following this tip you have integrated tip one and tip four. You now have created a good overview, this will decrease stress. And stress is obviously something to avoid. I’ll not even start to count the number of people who got a bad mark because of stress. I’ve found this to be the best of all this learning tips.

6. Know what you already know.

This technique is helpful for learning since you will save a lot of time by doing this.

When you begin studying it’s best to first write down the things that you know already about the topic that is discussed in this chapter.

Try then to make a mind map of what you have written down. Are there gaps?

Now is the time to carefully read the chapter using you mind map as a starting point. Notice where the gaps are and the knowledge that you lack completely.

Repeat this procedure for the same chapter over and over again until your mind map is satisfactory. This mind mapping is in contrast how a lot of students usually study.

Envision: that you start at the 1st  word of the 1st chapter, and carry on all the way to the end. Without having a clear notion about the inter relationship about the topics in the chapter.

imagine all the time you have just saved that you now put in loosen up.

7. Create a good study environment.

Did you ever tried to read in a dark room? Or did you try to focus in a noisy room? I guess not.

For your study you should find a well illuminate room. And you should not be distracted by noise or music. The presence of oxygen is also very essential 40% of your breathe in oxygen will instantly go to your operative brain.

If your room lacks a good amount of oxygen you need to swap to a ventilated room.

8. Take a break.

Every person needs to relax from time to time. And so do you.

Your brain appreciates some time to process all the work it just did, and you also need some time spend on other things then learning.

As a rule of thumb 90 minutes of studying followed by a thirty minutes pause. This schedule you can follow twice.

Then you take a break of one hour.

Then you can have you study schedule of 90 minutes/30 minutes.

Then you have an extra break of one hour.

Then you have a one summery of the day. In which you only focus on the mind map. Relax a bit and go to bed.

I hope that these 8 studying tips gave you a lot of good ideas on how to study for exams.

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