Tips for Effective Study – Strategic Study Techniques

Posted on March 20, 2013 · Posted in How to Study
Strategic study techniques

Strategic study techniques

There is a difference between studying and studying effectively because of the different study techniques that are employed in both. Just looking over your notes completely before any exam doesn’t mean you are utilizing your energy effectively so you need to take a serious look at your studying techniques. Here are a few tips that might help in studies especially when it comes to preparation for the dreaded annual term:

Attention students! Attention is precious and you need to put in maximum time for your studies when your brain is most alert. What we usually do is that we spend peak hours on the internet, around friends or in front of the T.V and when the brain is literally exhausted, we sit down to study. That is the opposite of what you should be doing.

Don’t wait for your studies to interest you. You feel inclined and interested towards anything that you pay attention to. It is not food we are talking about; its studies on which your lifetime career depends.

Don’t just study; let the information digest. Keeping a book open in front but letting your mind wander off towards your girlfriend or the latest T.V soap episode that you really like will only disturb your focus. Remain attentive. Remove all distractions like T.V, radios, MP3 etc. Let’s rephrase it “Go on a Media Diet”!

Sounds weird, but starting from the end has a good psychological effect on students. For example, if you have twenty chapters to do, begin with the twenty second chapter of the last module. This creates a feeling that you don’t have much to do. Try as you might, you won’t feel bored or energy deprived.

Your mind and body have natural cycles. The mind is like a sponge and the information is water. It will absorb as much as it can and the more above capacity that you try to put on it; the more it would leak. So load as much information on the brain as it is capable of taking in. Relax in the middle, take “oxygenated” breaks. Walk outside for a while; stand in the porch or in the terrace. Sit by the room’s window and let the cool fresh air touch you.

This is one of the study techniques that I have been practicing personally. Whenever you feel lazy and sleep deprived while studying, though you have only just started, sit by the window and let the cool air hit you even if it is winter. You will not go near sleep! Don’t wrap yourself up in quilts and half lie on your bed to prepare for the test; it is inevitable that you would doze off.

Believe it or not; posture matters. The way you are sitting affects your efficiency. Sitting in a bad posture will exhaust your muscles and your efficiency would become half of what it can be. So make sure that you are sitting straight up and your back is not without support.

Do not ignore food when you are studying. Your brain needs brain food; which most effectively is glucose. So not feeding your brain will make you dizzy, drowsy and inattentive. A good intake of glucose (preferably liquid like juice) will help the brain cells absorb the maximum level of glucose that is required for the day long activity. Going on a diet while studying can be disastrous!

Your notes should be clean and organized. When you open them up later and you have to flip ten pages for finding every related topic it means that your notes are utterly disorganized and flipping pages would only let you waste your time, get distracted and annoyed at what you have done.

When an exam is coming up, do not wait for the night before exam to study. That would create unnecessary stress on your mind “OMG, I have so much to do and no time at all”. You would end up in doing selective study, missing out good points or not absorbing as much as you should because of the stress that your mind is under. Remember that stress increases the production of Cortisol which in turn diminishes brain areas; those related to memory included!

These are effective study techniques that would help anyone in achieving his or her study goals provided they do a goal oriented study.Natural memory enhancer