There’s a test coming up on Friday. It’s Thursday night, but you have yet to even look over your notes. You’re stressed and the likelihood of you getting a good grade is decreasing with each passing minute. At this point, you may be frantically wondering, “How am I going to memorize all of this in one night?! Where do I even start?”
Fortunately for you, I’ve compiled a list of unique and easy ways to study. Though there are only five listed here, I will be posting part two of this article with ten more tips in the near future–so stay tuned!
1. Draw pictures
I’m a visual learner. Which means that if I have a lot of notes to memorize, at least part of those will have to be in picture form for my mind to retain them. I usually take my notes in pen (except for math classes) and then go along while I’m studying and draw little pictures or notes along the side. (See my article about note taking here!) That way, my mind can associate the picture with the information I’m trying to memorize. In this example, I used little drawings to help me remember the different types of early technological developments.
2. Hand motions
This is my go-to study method right here, especially if I have a large section of information to memorize in a small amount of time! Again, using the example above, instead of drawing pictures, I could act out hammering something to remember “metallurgy”–or act out watering a plant to remember irrigation.
A little weird? Maybe. But if it works, then maybe weird is a good thing. 🙂
3. Have someone quiz you
I really should have put this one first! For as long as I can remember, my mom has quizzed me over any information I had to memorize for a quiz or test. And it has helped me SO, SO MUCH. When she quizzes me, suddenly I discover all the things that I didn’t know and need to review again. I discover which things I know well, along with the things I don’t know at all! So if at all possible, get someone to quiz you. I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how well it works.
4. Give yourself breaks
Studies show that we study best in 30 minute intervals with 10 minute breaks in between. (If you’re like me, that may end up being 30 minute breaks with 10 minutes of studying… Oops…) Giving your brain a break helps it to retain information better and also can help you to differentiate between subjects if you have more than one thing to study!
I got this tip from one of my good friends from high school. She would grab a highlighter and a copy of her notes, and as she ran the highlighter over the sentences, she would be reciting them to herself and memorizing as she went along. I don’t personally do this one very often because it doesn’t work as well for me as it does for her. But she swears by this method, so who knows–it might work for you too!
**BIG TIP–study before you go to bed. Even reading over the material once or twice will get it into your brain, and as you sleep, your subconscious will be sorting that information and retaining it. (Yes, our brains are that cool.)
Let me know in the comments what your favorite ways to study are! (Or if the memes made you laugh because of how relatable they are) As always, I love reading your feedback. 🙂
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