Study Strategies That Work
To identify effective study strategies, you must first understand how the brain functions. My son took math and science test last week. I’d just finished my “back-to-school” grocery list, and we were already in quiz and exam mode. If you are in the same boats as me and worrying if your student id prepared for all of these tests and quizzes, this post id for you.
- Focus on How to Remember
We are all aware that memorizing information is critical when it comes to examinations and quizzes. However, understanding how to remember is essential for efficient study.
So, this is how memory works. It all begins with sensory memory- the images, sounds; and so on those are happening all around you. This corresponds to what the instructor may be saying or displaying on the smart board in the classroom.
Take a moment to consider everything that is currently flooding your sensory memories. Only the items you choose to pay attention to will make it to the next level of memory- working memory.
The solution revolves upon encoding and retrieval, two concepts that brain we brain science junkies Applarouth like. There are a plethora of excellent methods that our academic tutors can teach our students to aid in both encoding.
- Reinforce Those Memories with Short, Frequent Study Sessions
My kid began studying cell biology two weeks ago, and the exam was scheduled on a Friday morning. So he should go through everything on Thursday night, right? Wrong. (However, if it’s already Thursday night, go ahead and study! However, there is a better approach.)
The preferable method is to review a small amount each day or a few times each week from the moment you begin studying the topic until you are tested on it. In other words, numerous short study sessions are far more productive than a single extended cram session.
- Give Yourself a Break (Yes, Really)
If your kid has been studying one topic for more than an hour without a break, their efforts are beginning to provide diminishing rewards. We begin to overload the system and process less effectively as we add more and more information to our brains.
Taking well-timed pauses is the remedy. A decent rule of thumb would be to study for 25 minutes, then take a 5- minute break. Get up, move about, take a brief stroll to renew your attention, and then return to work. Breaks are beneficial during study sessions, but they are much more so between sessions. Again, in an ideal world, our students would not be reviewing material on Thursday night in preparation for a Friday test.
- Turn Study Time into Story Time
I wish this meant my son could put those mitochondria facts aside and pick up a Harry potter book instead. Spoiler: it does not. It does, however, remind us that tales, like certain other familiar patterns, remain with us. They assist us in remembering things.
So, if you are preparing for a history exam, think about the narrative and the major characters- acquire pictures of what they look like to bring things to life in your head.
- Make Sure the Real Test Isn’t Your First
By the time your student comes to the real quiz or test, he or she should have practiced the material a few times. Self-testing is one of the most effective ways to reinforce what we have learned, and there are several methods for doing so. Assist your student in determining the strategies that are most effective for them.
They can practice with homemade flashcards or attempt teaching what they have learned to a family member or acquaintance. Whatever technique they use for self-testing, they will be in a better position to retain the knowledge accurately when they take the exam in online class.
All of these techniques must be tailored to your student’s specific needs, timetable, and topic.