There are many different ways of studying. Some are more efficient than others. This post is the first in my series Effective Studies, where I will tell you my best advice on how to study effectively.
When you take a course, you are typically introduced to new concepts through lectures or reading a book. Afterward, you often get the chance to practice these concepts through exercises, labs, or projects. At the end of the course, your knowledge is tested through an exam or similarly.
There are some easy methods that you can use before, during, and after your lecture to help you learn more from it – techniques that I will tell you about in this series of blog posts. I will also cover some advice for time management, how to keep your concentration, how to read a book, how to prepare for the exam, things to do during the exam, and much more!
Put your cellphone away
My first advice (and at first glance, a bit of simple advice) is to put your cellphone away. Each time you hear or see a notification, it will take some effort to go back to what you initially concentrated on, a total waste of energy! Make your study time yours, and don’t let anyone disturb you.
One app that I find helpful is the forest app. You plant a tree and set a time for how long you want to grow that tree. The more time, the bigger tree you get. If you use your phone before the time is up, your tree will die. With time you grow yourself a forest of concentration! It is cute, and I like it. Many other apps do similar things, pick one that suits you!
Contents of this blog post series:
- Put your cellphone away
- Create a study place
- Prepare for a lecture
- Take notes during the lectures
- Summarize lectures
- Read the book
- Do exercises
- Keep concentration
- Do time management with units
- Prepare for the exam
- Do the exam
- Evaluation after the exam
Thoughts or questions? – contact me.
Good luck with your studies!