Time for school.
And it’s no surprise that
many of us are determined to study smarter instead of longer.
But which study tips and tricks actually work scientifically
and can help you get those perfect grades.
First step, research shows that
study sessions are most effective in small short chunks.
Instead of cramming in a ten hour study session,
it’s much more effective to spread it out
into twenty thirty minute sessions over a few weeks.
This is because your brain is better at
encoding information into the synapses in short repeated sessions
as opposed to one large one.
And this is why even learning different skills,
whether it’s swimming, tennis or a singing lesson
often follows the same format.
And while cramming and pulling all nighters maybe a ritual,
it turns out that this is linked to the lowest grades.
After prolonged nocturnal study sessions,
reasoning and memorizing maybe negatively affected for up to four whole days.
Instead, setting up specific times in a day or during the week,
just to study prime your brain by creating a routine.
And over time, studying actually becomes easier
as your brain is trained to learn in those moments.
And while many of us spend hours
passively rereading our notes or highlighting a textbook,
studies have shown this to be ineffective.
It doesn’t improve your understanding of topics,
nor does it link key concepts together.
It can even be detrimental,
as it draws your attention to less important information.
Flash cards, on the other hand,
are proven to be excellent memory reinforcement tools,
whether during your scheduled study times
or during off times like a bus ride home.
It also helps to have a specific goal for each study session.
Instead of English studying, pick one aspect you focuse on.
Whether it’s balancing chemical equations
or learning how to conjugate French verbs.
If you can’t explain it simply,
then you don’t understand it well enough.
In studies where individuals were asked to learn a passage
and then half were told they will be tested on the material
while the other half were told they would have to teach it to other student.
Participants expecting to teach it,
did much better on understanding the main points.
When you’re expecting to teach,
your brain oganizes the information in a more logical coherent structure.
Of course, practice, practice, practice!
当然 你得练习 练习 再练习！
Not only do you practice tests for your brains in your enviroment,
but even if you make mistakes,
they help identify gaps in your knowledge.
Practice tests have also been shown to increase confidence,
thereby leading to better performance.
So where should you be studying?
Research shows that having a designated secret spot for study,
that well equipped with every tool you might need is best
just like setting times, this primes your brain for studying.
Have an awesome study playlist, not so fast.
Well some studies have shown that
certain types of classical music can help improve concentration.
A recent study has shown that
learning with rhythmic background noise can be detrimental to focus
and those not using music very much better.
And if you haven’t already, put away your phone.
This is a no brainer,
but your text and social media notifications severely decrease concentration.
Of course, exams can be extremely stressful.
So if you want some tips
on how to deal with exam anxiety,
check out our Asap video
which breaks down some tips for that link in the description.
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Time for school.