Study Smart Outweighs Study Hard. The catchphrase for the century.
Some students study for hours but don’t seem to achieve the same grades as those who study for a short amount of time. It’s easy to put this disparity down to superior intellect or just a better memory, but that might not quite be the reason for this phenomenon.
Studying smart, you see, is actually more beneficial than studying hard, at least according to research. That means you could cut your study time in half, yet still achieve just as much, as long as you’re studying smart. But just how do you study smart? Easy!
Learn, Don’t Memorize
Singapore’s education system is one of the best examples of this study smart tactic. Students are encouraged to learn about concepts rather than memorize them. By doing this, less definitions need to be memorized and less revising needs to be done.
Acronyms are a great way to help your mind remember things. Some of the world’s greatest memory experts use acronyms to memorize astonishing things. Because an acronym is so easy to remember, it’s likely to stick in your mind for years. Finding studying difficult? TUA – Try Using Acronyms!
Know Your Learning Style
Everybody responds to a different style of learning. You yourself will respond best to a particular learning type too. Chances are, you’ll be a visual, audio, emotional or kinesthetic learner. If you’re studying for your O-level examination, find out your learning style to maximize your productivity. Don’t know how? Well there are many quick quizzes online that can help you discover your unique learning style.
Every hour spent studying isn’t equal. For instance, if you spend one hour per day for two weeks studying your material, you’ll have learned a lot more than if you spent 14 straight hours studying. That’s because your mind can only absorb so much. Try to keep a routine. Study for the same length of time at the same time of day. This will ensure you don’t miss any sessions, and will ensure your brain is geared up to work attentively on your task.
When studying, you need to give 110% if you’re going to study smart. Distractions such as music, TV or company can put you off and make your session far less effective. If you find focusing intensely to be difficult, try doing pomodoros: Study with complete attention for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. Repeat three times, then take an hour break.
Next time you sit down to study, make sure you study smart and not hard. Not only will your results improve, but you’ll also experience more confidence and get to enjoy more free time too.
With exams looming, having time to spare to regain your composure can only be a good thing.