Let’s face it, one of the biggest issues at our age is getting good grades. While some people may have photographic memories, others have to rely on the good old method of studying. There are so many ways to study: rereading notes, taking annotations, making little songs, and everything in between. Along with these come myths and tips that are supposedly suppose to help you raise your grades, but are they actually beneficial…or true? May of them are there to help you, but before you start cracking open those books make sure you know what you’re doing and if it’ll be a waste of time or not.
We’re all guilty of it. Right before the period of the big test, we pull out our dusty old notes to take a good look at. A lot of what students learn in those few minutes are quickly forgotten, of course, this doesn’t mean it’s entirely useless. If you haven’t studied at all, cramming may help you do better and maybe get you a few more points. If you truly want to comprehend everything you’ve learned, plan our your studying schedule, but if you’re really short on time (and knowledge) cramming can and may help you just don’t rely on it to be good source of good grades.
Do you ever go through a test after a big study session and do badly? Memorization of facts are important, but lately teachers want more than that from their students. They want critical thinkers who can apply what they learn into real life applications. A lot of students have trouble in math because they may know a formula or two like the back of their hand but they don’t know when to use it. Learning to recognize this is an important skill and aspect to have.
Better Under Pressure
We all have that friend, or maybe we are that friend, who likes to say they do better under pressure. In reality, it’s usually that they haven’t made an effort to study on a regular basis, so they procrastinate it instead. While some people really do, do better under pressure, the case is more likely than not. Instead of dealing with bad study habits, trying setting up a simple schedule with study dates and times for a more productive day.
Set Aside a Quiet Place
While it’s true, studying in a quiet place helps you retain information, it doesn’t necessarily always mean you have to do it in the same place. You remember more if you study in different locations. This works because your brain subconsciously picks on cues from your environment to help you further your studying skills. Don’t use this as as an excuse to do work in bed because the brain associates it with resting, and it may do more harm than help.
Do We Forget?
Don’t You…Forget About Me
Another rumor about studying is that too much causes forgetfulness. Going over your notes a few times will help you remember them better not worse. If you read the same book twice, do you start forgetting parts of the plot? Most of the time you’ll start remembering the book even better than from the first time. This myth comes from the anxiety of exams which make you forget things you thought you studied for. When you know the material well enough, you won’t find blank holes in your brain as your take your test.
One Subject at a Time
Some people might say that studying one subject at a time will help you, this isn’t always true due to the fact that some students may not feel comfortable or retain as much that way. You can try different subjects in any order of preference, but don’t skimp on how much time is devoted to each. These studies are good if you have a hard time focusing. If you find that one at a time feels better, do whatever suits you best.