High performing students aren't necessarily people with more brain power than you. In contrast, more often than not, they are simply people who have figured out what it takes to study effectively. DYI: once you master effective studying, you will have more time for stuff that makes your life enjoyable! You know what activities I'm talking about: perfecting your ramen noodle cuisine game and designing an eye-catching poster for your new campus club, "Cats, Candy, and Keyboards," or alternatively marathoning Law and Order on Netflix.
In all seriousness though, effective studying is not that difficult. It takes a few common sense steps and some follow-through, but once you start seeing how much better your time can be spent, you will quickly form new and better habits. Start by taking the following steps:
- Eat before hitting the books: The brain needs fuel people, and more preferably, healthy fuel
- Leave your electronics at home: Whether you want to accept it or not, your phone, and your laptop for that matter are, well, distractions that will impede effective studying
- Make a measurable study plan: Pick a section, chapter, or unit that is doable, and complete it, then move on to the next one -- avoid CRAMMING
- Reward yourself: Set a goal for time spent studying and then schedule in short breaks to keep productivity up
- Chose a location free of distraction: You need a clean and comfortable workspace to get stuff done. And believe it or not, working at a desk is more productive than lying in your bed
Next, once you are properly set up to study, and your brain is fuelled, you need to think about materials. And if you are a tactile learner, this is where Wipebooks come in to the equation. For us tactile-types hand-writing is a helpful approach to studying. For example, researchers from Princeton have learned that taking notes in class by hand, and re-writing them helps tactile learners retain information. And in a similar vein, Cognitive Psychologist Michael Friedman, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, commented on the benefits of hand-writing notes, and imparted that "Note-taking is a pretty dynamic process." He continued, "You are transforming what you hear in your mind.”
And you know normally all this copying and note-taking would create a lot of waste, but using a reusable medium like whiteboards or whiteboard notebooks like the Wipebook, should help mitigate this problem.