Originally posted in June 2016, with the school year just around the corner we wanted to reshare these great tips for getting the most out of your study time.
High performing students aren't necessarily people with more brainpower than you. More often than not, they are simply people who have figured out what it takes to study effectively. Once you’ve 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, designing an eye-catching poster for your new campus club, "Cats, Candy, and Keyboards," or 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, and once you start seeing how much better your time can be spent, you will quickly form new and better habits.
Getting started is easy, just follow these five steps:
1. Eat before hitting the books
2. Leave your electronics at home; handwrite your notes!
3. Make a measurable study plan
4. Reward yourself
5. Chose a location free of distraction
Once you are properly set up to study, and your brain is fuelled, you’ll need to think about materials. And if you are a tactile learner, this is where Wipebooks come into the equation. For us tactile-types, hand-writing is a helpful approach to studying. As we note in our productivity blog, taking notes by hand, and re-writing them helps tactile learners retain information.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cognitive Psychologist Michael Friedman 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.” Normally all of this copying and note-taking would create a lot of waste, but using a reusable medium like our Wipebook Flipcharts or erasable notebooks, should help mitigate this problem.
So follow these simple steps and you'll be well on your way to becoming a studying superstar.