Efficient and Productive and Smart Study Skills


Secret to passing any exams is to have a plan before and during the exam. There are always various activities that can be done separately or combined in enhancing one’s experience. Herewith, there are few guidelines respectively outlined to serve as a practical reference.

1. Provide yourself enough time to study.

Make a study schedule that fits your way of studying and do not leave anything for the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute studying, often this way of partial studying is not the best approach for exam preparation. Write down how many exams you have, how many pages you have to learn, and the days you have left. Afterwards, organize your study habits accordingly. Remember it takes sixty days to build a habit.

2. Organize your study space.

Most important is to ensure you secure enough studying space. The place should be well lit, don't let your eyes strain to much. Pay attention to details that can distract you and remove them from your study space. Make sure that you feel comfortable in your study space and that you are able to focus. For some individuals, this may mean complete silence, while for others listening to music helps. Make sure your study space is friendly and pleasant so that you can fully concentrate.

3. Use flow charts and diagrams.

Visual aids can be especially helpful when revising study material. At the start of a topic, write down everything you already know about the subject. Closer to the exam, transform your revision notes in a diagram. In that manner the visual rememberance can aid to your readiness considerably when taking the exam. Make it neat and pleasant to the eyes.

4.Don't procrastinate don't cram.

It seems like some students thrive on last minute cramming. But most experts will agree, cramming isn't effective. The biggest problem with cramming, according to UCLA professor of psychiatry Andrew Fuligni, is that cramming causes students to sacrifice sleep time in order to study. While it's not possible to perform well on a test without the required knowledge, sleep is critical for academic success. Sacrificing sleep for an additional 3 or 4 hours of study is often counterproductive.

5.Review early review with a group.

Start a final review of all lecture notes, reading assignments, and other class materials that will help you prepare, a couple days before the test. You can do this review by yourself or as part of a study group. Working as part of a study group is an excellent way to review in preparation for an exam. Reviewing in preparation for a test as part of a study group will allow you to improve your notes, fill in any gaps in your understanding, more fully explore complex concepts, maximize your time, cover more material, gain additional knowledge about what might be on the test, and provide you with a support system. Why not form a study group with friends? It’ll provide you with variety and moral support, plus it’s motivating to have people around you who are working towards the same goals.

6. Ask for help.

Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help, they’ll be glad to assist. If you need clarification on a topic you’re struggling with, then ask them to talk you through it. Don’t panic in silence when there’s a support network around you.

7. Get plenty of sleep.

Rest is good for your brain. Get a full eight hours sleep each night and avoid studying till the early hours. Sleep is vital to exam success. Sleep is essential to allow your brain rest don't overwork it.

8. Eat something.

Don't study on a hungry stomach. Eat something that isn't heavy either to force you to sleep while studying.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” Benjamin Franklin.

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