If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times – get rid of all distractions while you’re studying (that means you, Facebook). Whether you’ve increased your learning by reading out loud, using flash cards or re-writing your notes, by now you should know what works for you. However, we wanted to share a few additional study tips that we’re pretty sure you haven’t heard before.
Use your senses
Beyond reading something out loud and writing something over and over, there are other ways to use your senses to help you study. Studies show that associating a certain taste or smell with studying then experiencing the same sensation while taking an exam can help you remember. One way to achieve this is by chewing gum.
Did you make it through the first of five chapters of accounting? Way to go! Break down everything you have to do and motivate yourself using treats, a break to watch your favorite sitcom or a jog around the block. But, be disciplined and don’t cheat!
Use your time wisely
Either tape your lectures or tape yourself reading your study guide. You can then listen to audio recordings on the go in the car, walking to class or while you’re cleaning your room. This is particularly helpful if you have trouble remembering what you read.
Having trouble learning all this new science vocabulary? Write the word on a sticky note and stick it to the appropriate object so you see the word with the object. This will help your brain associate the two things. You can use the same technique and stick the main points of your notes on your mirror and read while you’re brushing your teeth or doing your hair.
Take a break
At some point, your brain just can’t absorb any more information. Get up and go for a walk or call your best friend and chat for a while, then get back to studying. A mental break from your studies can help you refocus and really commit the material to memory.