Students frequently students study hard but still face tests with little confidence.
Marty Lobdell, psychology instructor at Fort Steilacoom, addressed this issue in a lecture focused on improving studying.
Here are some of his study skills tips:
- The minute a student is fading, they should take a short break. It increases efficiency.
- Many people undo studying by not sleeping enough. Be sure to get plenty of rest because that’s when the information consolidates.
- If student can’t put a concept into their own words, then they don’t know the concept. They need to keep trying until they do.
- Recognizing and remembering are different words. Just because students may recognize a term doesn’t mean they’ll remember what it entails. Be sure to remember, not just recognize.
- The best way to learn and remember information is to teach others. Try explaining a concept to another person as a study tool.
- Expand on notes immediately after they are taken. This will help students be able to understand their notes later on.
- Don’t cram all the information into the brain the night before the test. Be sure to prepare weeks in advance for an exam.
- For those having difficulty remembering facts, try using coined sayings, acronyms or other mnemonics such as “HOMES” used to remember the five Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Eire and Superior.
- Have a big treat, such as a dessert, at the end of a designated study time so studying doesn’t seem like such a punishment.
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