Studying longer hours does not necessarily mean studying better. Just like exercising, longer hours do not mean you are burning more calories. For you to be able to maximize your time and schedule, you should learn how to study efficiently. This is a very important skill especially if you are overwhelmed with the number of subjects or topics that you need to go through. Below are some tried and tested strategies on how to absorb as much as you can and at the same time, not be too stressed when it comes to studying.
What you will need:
Pen and paper
Quiet place to study
- Getting the right venue. The first thing you need to do is to rid yourself of distractions while studying. This means going someplace that will give you some peace and quiet, away from television sets, distracting phone calls and the like. You must also get all of your studying materials together so that you will not be interrupted in the middle of your study session.
- Breaking down the tasks to smaller chunks. When you have your study materials ready, list down the items that you need to study. The next thing you should do is to schedule them across several hours or days, depending on the load of your studying. As a general rule, allot at least one hour per subject. If you have a broad subject such as world history, then you need to break it up into smaller chunks such as the renaissance period or the Chinese dynasties. By breaking it up in smaller chunks, you can easily assess how long you need for each topic and at the same time, you can easily cross out items that you are done with, giving you a sense of accomplishment.
- Scheduling milestones and breaks. When you have listed all of your tasks and plotted a schedule, insert study breaks of 15 minutes each every two hours or so. This will give your eyes some time to rest and for you to go on bathroom breaks or coffee breaks. By having scheduled breaks, this will minimize the need for you to interrupt yourself any other time during the study session.
- Prioritizing your tasks. Just in case you run out of time to study or if you think you do not have enough time to cover all topics, then you must learn to prioritize the subjects accordingly. For example, if you know the emphasis of an upcoming test is the Roman Empire, then study it first and just allot smaller portions for the other sections of the topic.
- Double checking what you know. If you can find a way to test your knowledge, either through online quizzes or by having a study partner, then by all means test your knowledge early. You can also double check your facts by logging into the Internet but be warned, the lure of distractions in the Internet is huge so it is best to save this option for last.
The important thing to efficient studying is the proper scheduling of tasks and your strict compliance to it so that the schedule not only looks good on paper, but works as well.