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  • Fandango

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    I'm writing finals now and I've realised that if I learn a section and then step away for five minutes to think about it, I retain the information better than if I simply learn block upon block of work. It's not really a tip, but I think it lets the work settle in your brain before you start on something completely different.
    October 30th, 2012 at 07:52am
  • samevans1100

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    One of my math proffessors told me to do my math homework THREE TIMES. You do it once to turn in and then two more times. When he said this I thought he was crazy but it really works, for math classes at least.

    By the third time you DEFINITELY understand the material. That's how I study for math classes, but it can take up A LOT of time, so you have to start at least a week in advance.

    Normally i try to spend one hour per section and i both review the section and then do the homework. Normally i use my previously done homework for help if i really need it, but by the third time I can normally go without using it.

    So, I think you should try it out and see how it works for you. Most math tests do tend to follow the homework pretty closely, and by the third time around on the homework you're basically a pro on the material.

    Very Happy
    November 1st, 2012 at 08:21am
  • MissParanoid

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    Try and figure out what sort of learner you are; visual, audial or kinetic. This will help you find exacts techniques that will suite your learning style best.
    For me there were a few fundamental processes that I used to achieve the best that I could:

    1. Try and write your notes as much as possible. The more you go over that information the better. If you take a class which has large amounts of notes etc. start to break them down into smaller sections and pick out the key parts from each section then re-write this out. It may use up a lot fo paper but the more times the information is shifted through your brain the easier it is to remember. I used to take notes in class, go home and re-write, then a few weeks later create a good copy typed version, then to study I would use the typed version to revise and read over.

    2. Eliminate all distractions. Just unplug everything and hide your phone. Trust me, it helps so much.

    3. Use different methods to recall information. This will just make it more interesting to study. For example, use a minds map to recall different functions of a cell, then do practise questions for your maths study, and maybe trying flashcards for anatomy.

    4. Try and plan as early as possible so you can start study earlier. This way you won't be procrastinating for as long.

    5. Always ask for help. If there is ever a concept that you don't understand I'm sure your teacher will more than happy to help. If not, you can try looking online or asking a friend. It will help you iron out any issues well in advance and eliminate stress from not understanding something.

    There are quite a few more but I think these are the main, most useful ones.
    November 1st, 2012 at 12:47pm
  • Miss_Nightmare_

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    1. Focus. Do not have music on in the background, turn off the TV, close all tabs not related to the subject you're studying. Put your phone away. I find that sitting alone in my room with the door shut works the best.

    2. Get in the mindset of wanting to study. Trust me, it really works better if you want to do it. Have a good attitude about it!

    3. Get online and research! If you don't understand something, get on YouTube and watch videos about it! Watch them all! Keep at it until you understand it so well you could explain it to your friends.

    4. And most importantly, get enough sleep each night. It does no good to be sitting at your desk and falling asleep while in front of your book.

    There's a lot more but those are the ones that stand out to me the most. :)
    September 3rd, 2014 at 11:33pm
  • williamcotton

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    Goodness, there's so many tips! I'll just give you a few ;) Lol.

    1) Try to get into a quiet enviorment, this will definitely help you concentrate
    2) Take your time on your work and DON"T RUSH! Truley absorb the information that the work is giving you.
    3) Try saying the problems (Or what ever you are working on) outloud to yourself. You will see that this helps you think deeper and come with an answer more quickly. It really works!
    November 18th, 2014 at 01:02pm
  • the god of mischief.

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    These are just general and can be esaily morphed into any specific study style that works for you, personally I'm an audial learner.

    1.) Set up an area (preferably a whole room but if not, a desk or cubical, a blanket fort that you've make, a specific corner of your room, etc) that is specifically for studying. Trust me, you'll get shit done in that area.

    2.) Study for 15 minutes, veg out for 10 minutes, and then study another 15 starting with a quick review over the last 15 minutes: repeat this cycle. You'll reward yourself and the veg time allows for things to sink into your brain.

    3.) DO NOT USE FOOD AS A REWARD. IT DOESN'T HELP.

    4.) Chew gum during the session, preferably something minty or cinnamon but anything will do you better than nothing. Or, as a replacement for gum, drink a hot coffee or tea.
    December 15th, 2014 at 07:18pm
  • KenStoudt

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    Spend more time, be more disciplined and everything will be better.
    March 27th, 2019 at 11:46am