With the end of the calendar year upon us and exams looming, we wanted to offer our online high school students @ASAPScience’s nine best scientific study tips!
- Break it up. @ASAPScience says “study sessions are most effective in small, short chunks.”
- Set a schedule. By having an hour or even thirty minutes every day when you sit down to study, your brain will adapt to the routine and will begin to absorb information during that time faster and more efficiently.
- Use flash cards. Amazingly, highlighting texts or notes doesn’t have any scientific backing as being effective.
- Set a specific goal. If your goal is focused, you’ll learn it more thoroughly and more quickly.
- Learn it like you have to teach it. @ASAPScience says: “In studies where individuals were asked to learn a passage-- and then half were told they’d be tested on the material while the other half were told they’d have to teach it to other students-- participants expecting to teach it did much better at understanding the main points. When you’re expecting to teach, your brain organizes the material in a more logical, coherent structure.”
- Practice. Taking practice tests increases confidence and shows areas you’re still shaky on more clearly.
- Have a designated study spot. Coming back to the same place “primes your brain for studying.”
- Pause the music. While there has been research that suggested classical music helped people while studying, new studies have concluded that any kind of rhythmic background appears to be detrimental for studying. Those who study without music have been shown to do better at retaining the information.
- And finally, put away your phone. Which, let’s be honest, is just one big distraction device.