In every activity, one of the most important things to have is proper technique. This simple truth is why athletes spend countless hours working on their form because poor technique leads to wasted effort.
Even in an activity like studying, which is mostly mental, using the proper technique helps to maximize your retaining capability, ensuring that the knowledge you gain from studying actually stays with you even after the examination.
Below are a few studying techniques that have been proven to work.
Have Shorter Study Sessions
One of the most common mistakes people make when studying is that they do it for too long, thinking that this will help them cover more material.
They’re not wrong. It does. However, since the aim of studying is to actually remember what you read, this method poses a problem.
Scientific study has shown that when people study ceaselessly over a long period of time, they begin to lose focus after a while, and they usually end up remembering less than they would have if they had taken short breaks in between the study sessions to calm their minds.
Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard
This is an extension of the first point, being that it sheds more light on the issue of overdoing things.
Studying, as with every activity, can become dangerous when overindulged in. Reading to the point where you begin to suffer a headache or need stimulants like caffeine to stay awake is dangerous. Not only are you denying yourself much needed rest. You are, in fact, wasting your time as you will likely not retain whatever you read in that state.
Do not wait until the week of your test or exam to study. Start as soon as possible, so you don’t need to spend the night before the exam trying to cram your head full with key points on the subject.
Be diligent. Be smart. Then success will be inevitable.