Here are Some Simple Ways to
Improve Your Study Skills
Now that the school season is well on its way we wanted to give you some tips on easy ways to improve your study skills that will help further your success. Here are some innovative and unique ways to boost the time you put into your study efforts. See which ones work for you!
- Take a walk before your exam. Research shows students have much more brain activity during an exam if they took a 20 minute walk immediately prior, compared to those who did not take a walk or exercise.
- Say it out loud. If you are having trouble committing something to memory, read it aloud a couple times to help. I know personally this has worked for me!
- Teach it. Perhaps the best way to keep something in memory is to actually, or pretend, trying to teach it to others. This causes you to reconfigure the knowledge in your brain, to go from simply repeating something to providing context to it so that you can communicate it to others.
- Spray an unfamiliar scent. Your olfactory sense, the ability to smell, is actually closely tied to your memory. Some students have reported that if they spray an unfamiliar scent as they are studying, then spray it again right before the test, it jogs their memory faster and deeper than without it. This is also reported to work with a flavor of gum you are not used to as well. Give it a shot!
- Review & Break Regularly. Your brain can only take so much in at a time. To combat this obstacle and improve your retention, do a quick review after a milestone, say every chapter or every 2 segments (depending on the content you study). Reviewing is important as it helps summarize and put into context the material you are learning. After the review, take a break for a few moments, listen to a song or two or go get some sun, anything to let your mind relax before hitting the books again. This will increase both your retention and ability to study for longer periods.
- Flash card it! This is a bit of an old tip, but what is new about it is that there are several websites that let you easily create your own flash cards. They also tend to be mobile friendly, so you can review your notes from anywhere! My favorite site is Quizlet, because of its strong community, but feel free to explore others.
I hope all or some of these tips for improving your study skills can be useful for you. As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks, so see what works for you so you can be your best with your online course!
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