Many people wonder what the best way to study is. Do I want to study constantly or only one or two hours a day? Are there any methods to help make studying easier or not as dull? These questions and others are asked commonly by students. It is also a very important question since it will affect your college experience and grades if you can’t study well.
Studying is an essential part of college, but if you are like me, you’ve probably never considered before or aren’t studying effectively. College is not akin to high school where one can float by and succeed for some effort is mandatory to pass. With this article we will go over study habits, ways to study, and more. These reasons are why I’ve decided to help create a resource with different ways to help you research or just general ideas to consider.
Now, let’s start with the many ways to study. First is the way of studying known as cramming. Cramming is the process of waiting until the very last second to study or do a project and is most commonly done by procrastinators. While it is usable in high school, it would be best to stay away from it in college since it is also the least effective method. Cramming does not allow your brain to process the information and causes extreme amounts of stress to those who participate in it.
Another method is to study 1-2 hours a day. This allows you to learn the information easier than if you waited till the last minute. In addition, it allows you to better recall the information at a later date. Another way is what I like to call the reward method. You take about 20-30 minutes to study and then take a 5-minute break to do whatever you want in that time, and then do another 20-30-minute period and repeat the steps from there. It is an effective method because allotting time for a break during a study session is important, so your brain isn’t forced to continually take in information and go into information overload, however there is the potential that your 5 minute break may turn into an end of the study session so you must keep track of however long it has been with a timer of some sort.
Still another method is the teacher method. You will need a person on hand to do this method and one which preferably knows as little about the subject as possible. Using this method, you try to teach the person about the subject because if you can teach the subject to someone else then you know the subject. This one is more of a supplementary one then anything, since you will, more than likely, need to have used one of the other methods to get to this point.
The next method is to group study. Group studying allows you to bounce questions off each other and find solutions to certain problems easier, and it also helps to keep the gears in your mind going by talking about the subject out loud. There are some consequences though because you do in fact need a group of people together, preferably who are taking the subject also or have, and there would have to be a time where everyone could meet together that wouldn’t cause a clash with schedules.
One final method is to get a tutor. Tutors may be able to explain the subject better to you since you are in a focused one on one basis that allows them to focus and spend their time on you. There are downsides to this one though since again your and their schedule must line up at some point to be able to receive tutoring, it could cost money to get tutored depending on where you go, and you might not be able to understand their methods of teaching easily.
There are many other ways to study out there so I would highly encourage finding one to fit you if it has not been listed.
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