The 9 Best Scientific Study Tips

The 9 Best Scientific Study Tips
9. Put away your phone!
Texts and social media notifications will be
detrimental to your concentration so try to
switch off for your 30 minute study session
8. Listening to music might not be the
best way
While some studies have shown that classical
music can help, a recent study found that
studying with rhythmic background music can
be detrimental to focus, while study
participants who weren't listening to music did
much better
7. Create a study zone
Research shows that having a specific,
organised zone for studying, with all the
study tools you need in one place, helps to
boost results
Similar to setting specific study hours, having a
study zone primes your brain for effective
studying
6. Practice makes perfect
Completing practice tests can help identify
gaps in your knowledge which you can then
focus on, while boosting confidence in the
areas you know you have covered
5. Learn it as if you're about to teach it
Students who were asked to memorise a
passage did far better if they were preparing to
teach the passage rather than be tested on it
If you can't explain it briefly then you don't
know it well enough
4. Set a specific goal
Set a specific goal which you can achieve in
a session, like learning how to balance a
chemical equation or how to conjugate
French verbs
3. Find an alternative to linear notes
and highlighting
Linear note taking can get you to focus on
connections between facts which are potentially
less useful
Try using a less linear way of learning, like
flashcards or mind mapping
2. Make sure you get some sleep
Pulling an all-nighter and missing sleep can
damage your memory and reasoning skills
for up to 4 days afterwards
Set specific hours for studying, training your
brain to be alert and digest knowledge during
that period
1. Study best in small, short chunks
20 x 30minute sessions over a few weeks are
far more effective than one 10 hour session
Your brain is able to digest the information
better, so many skills e.g. swimming or tennis,
follow the same format
Tips to study better instead of harder
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