Today we will be talking about how to
cut in half the time you are currently spending studying at home,
and how to make that time more efficient.
Besides the tips I will be providing in this video,
I have created a printable PDF
with a list of smart ways to improve your studyingtechniques.
You can print it and keep it near your study station
to stay focused and get motivated to achieve your goals.
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So let’s get started with today’s video.
give 110% during classes
One of my professors at Law School told our class that
if we gave it 110 % during class,
we would be cutting the time spent studying at home at about 70%.
At the time I thought
it was a way to motivate us to participate and take good notes.
But after I graduated I can tell you that it is definitely true.
The amount and quality of the information you retain during class
are the foundation of the work
you will have to endure laterat home.
The better you understand the subject during the class it is being lectured,
the less you will have to reread
and study your textbooks over and over again at home.
By focusing and working hard during your classes,
you can save precious time doing other enjoyable things,
or even expanding your knowledge on the subject further
by reading secondary materials.
Multitasking is not a very smart way to get your work done fast.
For instance, if you have 2 hours to tackle 2 tasks,
focusing on one task at a time
will force you to divide your two hours into 1-hour blocks of really focused work.
This will allow you to achieve a better result.
Multitasking will throw you into this loop
of shifting your brain main focus back and forth
between two different ideas or assignments.
Although you might complete them at the same time,
granting you a false sense of achievement
of having been able to tackle two things at once,
you will probably find out that instead of taking 2 hours,
you actually spent one more just trying to balance the two tasks
you had to complete.
don’t rewrite your notes
I truly believe this is
one of the most common misconceptions
and something that harms students more than it helps them.
Rewriting notes can be a wonderful thing if you don’t mind
spending your time at home every single day of the week
going through each conceptthat you have learned.
However, the amount of time
you are spending rewriting these notes is also taking away
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valuable time spent preparing lectures, solving exercises or creating effective study materials.
If you don’t have the flexibility to produce a good batch of notes
while you are in class,
and feel the need to transform those messy notes
into well-produced materials,
try mind mapping instead.
This exercise will transform your materials
by creating visual connections between concepts and notions.
You will still be rewriting your notes,
but instead of mechanically copying what you have written during class,
you will produce valuable materials to help you study down the road.
It also allows you to summarize information
that you’ve learned in previous classes,
by relating those concepts to the concepts you are learning today.
Create answer guides
Instead of focusing hard on learning or memorizing pure theory,
try to anticipate your exam questions.
Use textbooks, previous exams and practice papers
to create your own questions.
So, set a timer and go through these mock exams duringthe semester.
As you solve them,
consult your materials and try to understand the type of information
your professor would find valuable for you to insert in your answer.
This will allow you to come up with a solid structure
for all future answers
where you can provide for a core theory,
examples and even secondary information
that your professor may find interesting.
You can then write these step-by-step guides in flashcards.
Instead of memorizing sentences and strict concepts,
allow yourself to create a solid structure that you can practice
at home and then remember instantly during a midterm or a final exam.
Study out loud
Studying out loud is one of the most powerful ways to learn your material.
This method can take more time than reading
and can be hard to implement
if you live with roommates or family
and hate to be speaking in front of a wall for hours.
However, if you can get past this obstacle,
pretending you are explaining the material you have to learn
to a room full of people
will automatically create a flowing structure in your head,
forcing you to simplify information
in order to explain it to someone else withoutknowledge on the subject.
While you are explaining a chapter to an invisible audience,
you start making connections between
concepts that you haven’t before and things,
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in general, start to make more sense. Surprisingly,
you will remember this mock presentation
for days and even weeks, and
as long as you use a good outline to prepare them,
you can always revisit the key points
of your speech and practice before your exams.
In the beginning of the year,
plan ahead study sessions and break down topics into chapters
This will allow you to have a complete overview
of how much time you will be spending until
the end of the semester studying to masterthat topic.
This will create a feeling of responsibility
towards the amount of material you need to
cover during the week, as you know that, according to your schedule,
you will be able to master
your class if you just follow your self-appointedschedule.
By complying with your schedule,
you can use all of the remaining time in your calendar
to do things you enjoy,
without feeling worried that you are not making enough time for studying.
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