No doubt, anyone that wants to do very well academically must have proper study. But most times study can be very tedious, less interesting and most time difficult. If you’ve ever had any of this problems, here are some tips to productive study.
- Space Studying: It’s not always right to cluster work until deadlines are reached as this tends to bring about a lot of anxiety. Space studying is a better option. Space studying is the opposite of cramming. Most people cram when it’s close to their exams. It’s time consuming and information often is forgot after the period of the exams. Space studying has actually proven to be very productive and durable. So it is better to spread study into weeks and months before the actual exam date.
- Using Mnemonics: This is a tool that helps us remember certain facts or large amounts of information. It uses forms like songs, rhymes, acronym, images e.t.c. It helps boost our memory and also helps us remember more facts by holding very little information. Examples of such Mnemonics are: “Elephants and Donkeys Grow Big Ears” used for remembering the strings of a Guitar, the ABC song used to learn the alphabet e.t.c.
- Retrieval Practice: This is the act of trying to recall or remember all one has studied. Deliberately recalling information forces us to pull our knowledge out. We exercise, strengthen our memory and improve our learning. After studying, take a short break then try to recall all you’ve studied.
- Using the Pomodoro Technique: Pomodoro technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The name was gotten from an Italian word for “tomato”, after the tomato shaped kitchen timer that he used in his university days. The technique uses a timer to break down work traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a Pomodoro. This method helps you break down work into subsections and rewards you with little break time.
- Avoid Procrastination and Distractions: This can never be over emphasized, distractions slow down the work process wile procrastination extends it. There are three things that can possibly causes procrastination: if the work is over loaded or not rewarding and not interesting. You can try to break down the work into subsections, try to relate the work to yourself so it can be interesting and find a way to reward yourself after successfully completing your task. Always put away your phone or find apps like Forest that helps you stay focused and block distractions from your phone. Also avoid noisy surroundings and much crowd when studying.
If you can conserve your time, attention and energy you will be able to study proper and your study will produce better results.