Almost all of us like studying. But the area where most of us are lacking is the style of studying. How effective the study will be depends upon our capabilities and the style we adopt. Here are given a number of tips which can help you in studying effectively.
- Figure out your best learning style – find out how your brain likes to receive information. Find out how do you view problem or new information: as a big picture(Holistic) or as a group of little parts(Analytic).
- Pay attention to outlines – If your teacher offers an outline at the beginning of a new term, always copy it down.
- Ask for examples – Your brain likes to make comparisons, so the more examples, the better.
- Use images – Use pictures and charts if they are offered. When reading a long passage or explanation, make your own charts and pictures.
- Draw timelines – This is a way of creating boundaries. Your brain likes them.
- Look at sample assignments – Your brain likes to use examples as a frame of reference. Without them, it's sometimes hard for you to know where to start.
- Make drawings of concepts – The more you can sketch out and characterize concepts, the better.
- Don't get frustrated by opinions – Some students may offer opinions in class, especially the holistic learners who want to make comparisons! It is just their way of understanding, so don't let it bother you.
- Sit in the front of the class to avoid distractions – If talkative students in the back of the class disturb you, try to sit where you won't notice them.
- Ask for specific goal – Analytic learners may feel the need to understand the specific goal before they can get into a project. Go ahead and ask for clear goals if you need them.
- Tape your classes – Taped copy of a lecture often helps you keep track of details you may otherwise not have had a chance to pen.
- Write a brief paragraph – If working on a tough concept , write a brief paragraph for yourself and think through it with a pen in hand.
- Don't limit yourself to writing only the specific information – Explore what questions you have, even writing down if you disagree with some part of the topic and why.
- Do group studies – Study with a partner or a friend. Discuss the issues that you see. Ask questions to each other within the group.
- Gather practical knowledge – Don't limit yourself to what you do in classes. SHtep outside and bring your studies to life through volunteer jobs.
Hope you will benefit and make your study more effective by following the above given tips.
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