“Oh, I love to study”, said no student ever. It’s a given that if you are a student, you might not ever completely enjoy the process of studying, especially during exam time. We get it because we all have been in the same boat at some or the other point in our lives. Trust us, there’s nothing wrong in sharing a feeling of resentment towards studying.
However you really can’t fight this feeling when you have a series of exams to give from time to time. So what exactly can help improve your memory as well your exam marks? To answer our own question, we have listed 10 study hacks that are not only proven by Science but also offer fun and interesting mediums to make your dreaded study sessions a breeze. Have a look:
1. Write, write, memorize
You probably never paid attention to this but the more you write and learn, the better you’ll remember. Make copious amounts of notes during class lectures. Repeat the process when you are actually preparing for exams. However, don’t waste your time in making lengthy notes here. Keep them simple, short and crisp so that they can offer last-minute revision just before the exam.
2. Use a mnemonic device
Pronounced as ‘ne-mon-ics’, they help in assisting the memory by making use of rhymes, phrases, acronyms or rules. Sounds fun, isn’t? So whether it is a trivial event or an important fact, you will remember it with the help of a mnemonic. A popular example of the same is VIBGYOR or colors in a rainbow which is Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red.
3. Don’t listen to music
A study by University of Wales revealed that students who studies without any music on performed better in tests than students who did! Since music hampers with the focus of the listener, it is not a good idea to plug in headphones and listen to all your favorite songs while you’re preparing for an important exam! Keep off music during study sessions.
4. Follow the Pomodoro Technique
Pomodoro Technique is a time management philosophy that helps the user in completing an assignment with minimum mental fatigue. All you have to do is divide your time into slots for a particular assignment and then take breaks accordingly. For instance, if you study for 30 minutes, take a break for 5 minutes. This exercise will keep your mind fresh.
5. Download free apps to study on-the-go
Apps such as Oust help you take quizzes on Math, Science and Social Science while you’re on the move. The mobile app has a huge question bank that adheres to the syllabus of Karnataka Board for 9th and 10th class students. You can even compare your performance with friends, peers or anyone in your state or country!
You can even check out Udemy.com on your phone or computer and take online courses at your own convenience. Looks simple to use, isn’t?
6. Eat good food
Studies have shown that apples (especially their skin), chickpeas and carrots can enhance memory. Similarly, chocolates and coffee increase the alertness during intense study sessions. Studying so hard isn’t such a bad thought now, is it?
7. Read out loud always
Whatever you’re studying, make sure you speak it out loud. Let your ears hear yourself reading your notes. If you’re learning a Math or Science formula, write and say it. This will improve your retaining prowess
8. Sleep as soon as you finish studying
A study published in the Public Library of Science revealed that students who hit the sack immediately after a study session tend to remember more the next morning. So the next time you are tempted to pull of an all-nighter before an exam, don’t do that. Instead, catch up on some sleep.
9. Chew some gum during study sessions
A 2012 study published in the British Journal of Psychology stated that gum chewing could actually increase long-term memory performance. Not only this, it also boosts to focus and concentration of the person who’s chewing gum. So the next time, your teacher asks you to stop chewing gum, you have enough scientific evidence to back your argument here.
10. Keep switching your study place
You should avoid studying in the same place every day. Why?—Because that will restrict your ability to retain more. A study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology stated that changing places of study will actually force your brain to ‘reform memories every time’ and you will retain more for a longer period of time.
Well, what did you think of the study hacks? Worth trying at least once, right? Please note that this list maybe exhaustive but is definitely not restricted to other Science-backed study hacks. If you feel there’s a hack that did wonders for you, share it with us. We will happy to hear from you.