For those of you who neglect your textbooks all through the year, exams turn into a nightmare. It becomes a race to see how fast you can cram a year’s worth of syllabus. With the Board exams around the corner, there are many of you probably doing the same.
During a time of such intense exam pressure, you first need to realize that studying for 12 hours a day is not something very healthy and you can rarely, if ever, adapt yourself to doing something like that. What is most effective is studying with full concentration in small pockets and taking short breaks in between. Your focus shouldn’t be on HOW LONG you studied but on HOW MUCH you studied.
Today, we discuss about many mind blowing hacks to study effectively for your exams….
Instead of Learning simply, speak out loud.
Speaking out Loud will help you in concentrating, although this may make you look a little crazy, give it a go! You will be surprised how much more you can remember when you’ve said it out loud but do not do this in library.
Teach what you have learned
The best way to test if you really understand something is to try to teach it to someone else. Therefore, whenever your friend asked you to explain you any theorem this is the best time to test yourself.
Take Regular Study Breaks
There is no need to study continuously, just take a break of 5-10 minutes after studying for about 30 minutes. Taking break will help you to low down your stress and you will not be confused between the concepts and answers. Remember do not use any social application like Whatsapp or Facebook during break. After you have completely done with your studies you can use them.You can listen your favorite song during break.
Turn lessons into stories
Everybody likes to read or listen to a good story, and with good reason – not only do stories entertain us, they help us to understand and memorize key details too. You can apply this to your studies by weaving important details or facts into a story – the more outlandish and ridiculous you can make it, the better(since you’ll be more likely to remember a particularly crazy story).
Focus more on Core Material
Study material in a syllabus can be divided into core material and additional material. While core material consists of important principles, theorems, formula, important diagrams and graphs, additional material consists of examples, quotes, illustrations etc. As most of the questions asked in an exam are likely to come from the core material. So, if you are struggling with unfinished syllabus, concentrate on the core material of the different subjects.
Shift Between Subject Categories
Before you make any study plan for the exams, you need to take into account that the subjects we learn can be divided into three categories: Memory dependant subjects like Biology, History and Geography, which contain a lot of material that need to be mugged up.Problem solving subjects such as Maths and Physics.Interpretation based subjects such as English Literature and literature papers from other languages. For most effective studying, you should alternate between each category of subjects.
Don’t just study solo
Why not form a study group with friends? It’ll provide you with variety and moral support, plus it’s motivating to have people around you who are working towards the same goals.
Mark Small Challenges
When you have to face very long and dense subjects, you can set small challenges to keep your spirits high; a good way to focus on the day-to-day and find motivations while you study. According to scientific analysis, the more motivated and excited we are, the better our brain performs.
These are some of the best ways to study and remember the answers you have learned. Thanks for reading this article.