Learning new chapters on any subject is sometimes very boring. However, if you use the technique described below, you will stay concentrated and learn more information during a shorter period.
The psychology professor Dr. Marty Lobdell gives the lecture “Study Less, Study Smart,” where he suggests his best pieces of advice for learning so that you will not have to take horrible cram sessions any more. You can find the video of this lecture, which is quite old, but it is really a thing that each student has to watch. The lecture is rather long, but if you motto is learn more study less; these several recommendations may be handy:
You probably know that your ability to perceive new data decreases after half an hour, so try to break your studies into smaller sessions. Provide yourself with small rewards during the pauses: fun activities, healthy sweets or anything you like.
Do not learn at places, which are intended for other activities. Do not study in bed, at the kitchen table or near your laptop.
Find a perfect way of taking notes that works the best for you and always expand your notes after learning new material in class in order to increase understanding of the new topic.
When you are able to teach the material to another person, it means that you have a good command of the topic.
Try using the SQ3R Method – survey, question, read, recite, and review – to remember the received information. You should realize that simple reading is not enough.
Facts are those things, which are easy to forget; sometimes you need to use special devices to learn them. Concepts are like glue, which holds the whole picture together. Concepts are the key ideas of why you are learning something; they help you not forget and keep knowledge in your memory.
Stop losing your time studying at just a half of the rate you could do and study smart using these tips: