Whether it is midterm exams or a brief quiz, you know to prepare your mindset to do well. Although most students feel cramming for an exam is ideal in certain circumstances, you might want to think twice.
Your brain power associates how you study in small portions rather than one big chunk. How is this possible?
Identify ways you learn best
Perhaps, you are familiar with the different ways people learn. Kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and reading/writing are the most common types of learning styles. Remarkably, people have blended styles, which means you may study by being more than one type of learner.
The more you grasp how you perceive and receive information, the likely you will be to develop study skills to suit your needs. In fact, learning studies conclude that the more you practice, recite, and interact with the learning material, your brain empowers you to retain that information.
Dr. Sieck explains the brain categorizes information based on how you study. One of the main aspects he emphasizes is to think methodically. For instance, prepare your mind with diligent sections of materials instead of learning all at once. In this way, you generate the pace of learning based on your needs and styles, and better prepared for the next exam.
Develop study times that suit your needs
So, you have a plan of study that involves the scheme, material, and, even possibly, a study buddy. How do you know what the best times to study are? For most people, early mornings are the best times to perform any mind related activities.
Likewise, you are more alert, refreshed, and aware of your surroundings. Hence, you are more likely to absorb material faster and with fewer breaks. Including breaks throughout your study session ensures you do not feel overwhelmed with too much information.
However, if you study best in the evening hours, make sure to allow more frequent rests and adequate sleep time. Make sure to use timers to remind you to take breaks. During break time, try to avoid checking social media status. Instead, go for short walks or eat a healthy snack.
Once refreshed and energized, go back with an open mind to complete your tasks.
Sample study plans
Are you still unsure how to begin to create study plans? Here are some sample of study plans regardless of learning styles.
7 AM – Wake up
8 AM – Breakfast and exercise
9 AM – Study a subject that requires heavy mental activity such as Calculus or Chemistry
9:30 AM – Break time
9:40 AM – Continue study with practice problems or literature reading
10:30 AM – Break time
10:35 AM – Review note cards or outline of notes of any language course and work on term paper outline
11:30 AM – Early lunch
12 PM – Get ready for class, long exercise routine, or extra-curricular activity
1 PM – Late lunch
1:30 PM – Go for a brisk walk or exercise
2 PM – Begin studying literature book, read, or prepare term paper
2:30 PM – Break time
2:35 PM – Continue with reading or working on a term paper
3:45 PM – Break time
4 PM – Review notes for next day’s class or make outlines
4:30 PM – Check your planner for next day’s courses, due dates for projects, or activities
4:45 PM – Get ready for dinner
What are your preferred times to study and how do you keep organized?