Two of the tips for effective studying that I find useful are getting enough sleep, and following a regular exercise program. The reasons I think getting enough sleep is a useful tip is mostly because it clear’s your mind and helps you think clearly. It can also keep you alert for extended periods of time when you get the proper amount of sleep. The reasons behind keeping a regular exercise program isn’t just to keep you fit, it can also help clear your mind before hitting those books you need to before an exam. Also a great thing to do for a study break so you can get that breather you might need. It will also increase your brain power by generating new neurons in the area of the brain that controls your learning and your memory. I find both of these effective because over here I need to clear my head of everything before I start studying, writing discussion questions, and answering my homework.
We should look for a place that will offer as little distraction as possible. For example, library, empty classrooms, etc. are the best place to study. We should avoid studying in areas with TVs, phones, loud people or commotion, as these are not healthy study environments. An active learning environment is one in which students are able to “seek” out new experiences, “interpret” them, and “relate” them to previous experiences. This approach allows students to engage in independent thinking, problem solving, and guided discovery as they explore broad movement concepts.
One technique that I find helpful to remember the material that I study is writing down the important information that I read, also known as the keys points of a story. I also try to go back and re-read the material again. I don’t have the best memory so I sometimes have to continually read something over and over to understand it. When reading the material I found that I use is Pay attention to what you’re hearing or reading. I think that if you make sure you pay attention to what u are hearing and reading you will understand not only what to do better but what the material is all about. I also like to use the getting organize technique because if you are not organized you will lose all of you material or important papers and when a quiz comes up or a test you won’t be able to study what you have learned. So maybe think about putting all of your important material that you do write down in a safe place. A technique I would like to add would be to make sure I have the big picture of the reading on my list.
I have used mnemonics before to remember things that seem like they are complicated. Especially since I have been in the army, I have learned a lot of mnemonics in the form of acronyms. Don’t want to offend anyone, but one of the acronyms we use to remember how to perform first aid in the army is “Really Big Boobs Should Fit Both Hands,” this stands for Responsiveness, Breathing, Bleeding, Shock, Fracture, Burns, and Head injuries. This is the best way I was taught to remember first aid, and what order of priority each part falls into. Before the army, I really did not use mnemonics at all. To incorporate and use mnemonics to be a more effective college student and adult learner I could use acronyms just like I do in the army. Possibly integrating this into my learning style might make it easier for me to remember information I need to for exams.
Writing summaries of key concepts and important information can become useful in promoting effective learning and remembering by doing a few different techniques.