I spent my entire school career afraid of being wrong because I was taught that to make a mistake was embarrassing. Now I’ve discovered that making a mistake just means you are one step closer to the right answer, and everyday I have to work to shake the mindset that a single wrong answer equals failure.
Use recall. When you look at a passage and try to study it, look away and recall the main ideas. Try recalling concepts when you are walking to class or in a different room from where you originally learned it. An ability to recall—to generate the ideas from inside yourself—is one of the key indicators of good learning.
Test yourself. On everything. All the time. Flashcards are your best friend. Use quizlet if you don’t want to hand-make flashcards. Get somebody to test you on your notes.
Space your repetition. Spread out your learning in any subject a little every day, just like an athlete. Don’t sit and study one subject for 2 hours, do half an hour every day.
Take breaks. It is common to be unable to solve problems or figure out concepts in math or science the first time you encounter them. This is why a little study every day is much better than a lot of studying all at once. When you get frustrated, take a break so that another part of your mind can take over and work in the background. You need breaks in order for your brain to retain the information. Try the Pomodoro method if you have trouble timing breaks!
Use simple analogies. Whenever you are struggling with a concept, think to yourself, How can I explain this so that a ten-year-old could understand it? Using an analogy really helps. Say it out loud, like you’re teaching it, whether it’s to an imaginary class or your sister who couldn’t care less. The additional effort of teaching out loud allows you to more deeply encode.
Focus. Turn off your phone / iPad / any distractions and clear your desk of everything you do not need. Use apps like Forest if you can’t stay off them!
Do the hardest thing earliest in the day, when you’re wide awake and less likely to push it aside.
Avoid these techniques—they can waste your time even while they fool you into thinking you’re learning!
Passive rereading—sitting passively and running your eyes back over a page. This is a waste of time, frankly, and doesn’t do anything to help information pass into your brain without recall.
Over-highlighting. Colouring a passage of text in highlighter isn’t helpful at all. It’s good for flagging up key points to trigger concepts and information, but make sure what you highlight goes in.
Waiting until the last minute to study. DON’T CRAM!!!
Doing what you know. This isn’t studying! This is like learning how to juggle but only throwing one ball.
Neglecting the textbook. Would you dive into a pool before you knew how to swim? The textbook is your swimming instructor—it guides you toward the answers.
Not asking your teachers for help. They are used to lost students coming in for guidance—it’s their job to help you.
Not getting enough sleep. Your brain practices and repeats whatever you put in mind before you go to sleep, as well as retaining information and repairing itself. Prolonged fatigue allows toxins to build up in the brain that disrupts the neural connections you need to think quickly and well.
Some of these things people say might not sound offensive to you but to people who wear these types of religious coverings it is and is a form of micro aggression. AND THIS GOES FOR ALL TYPES OF HEAD COVERINGS NO MATTER WHAT RELIGION OR BELIEF
Pride month is about to hit the west coast and I thought I’d make a little list of the word “pride” in a bunch of different languages. I hate that I need to explain it but y’all know how people be so uh obviously I don’t speak all these languages I used a translator for the VAST majority of these and if there are some mistakes please make me aware and I can fix it ASAP! I know the word may be different in some languages in the context of “LGBT/Gay Pride” (many languages use the English term or other terms that are separate from just a direct translation of pride) and I will correct them if there is a better term but it’s hard to directly translate into so many languages!!
Hii. I found out this method recently and want to share it with you. It seems pretty easy, but it is really working.
If you ask me what is the main reason of all failures I would answer — absence of patience. The reality is success takes time. And the bigger success takes more time. Richard Branson didn't become a millionaire in one night. Madonna didn't wake up being a queen of pop. David Beckham didn't turn into the one of the best footballers in a few training.
However, there is a trick that working for everyone and every time. Most of the people know about it very well, but never use it. It's called a 30-minute theory.
Try to spend 30 minutes on something every day and once you get used to it make it 40 minutes, then 50 etc. One of the advantages of this method is it suits absolutely everyone. For example, you want to read more books. Find 30 minutes in your day on reading. Easy, isn't? Therefore, in one year you can read almost 24 books.
Use 30 minutes every day to create a dream come true. Get more information about what you must interested in. Always wanted to learn Spanish? Or maybe want to know French? Do what you have always been putting off. In six months you will look back and remember what you have started with. You will be amazed how you succeed because of the 30 minutes in one day.
Don't blame yourself if you deviate from schedule and missed a few days. Just go back to studying and continue where you stopped. Remember: you are doing more than a lot of people.
Be patient. Don't expect the results on the next day. You need a time. The more ambitious goal you have, the more time you need.
P.S. Happy New Year to everyone !! I hope 2019 will bring all of you happiness, love, success and happy memories.
P.S.S. I hope this was useful. And i also hope you will use it in your beginnings.
This piece was inspired by an awesome photograph by Jamie Justus Out! You can find him at https://www.instagram.com/jamieout/ I challenged myself to take the idea and simplify it into more graphic shapes while retaining that moment he captured. patreon.com/tycarter
Also known as procrastination, inertia, laziness, lack of motivation, or revision slump [for those of you who speak British English] (note: there are many causes! & it is always good to address your mental health first of all)
Find some motivation: That may be sourced from a famous figure, someone you know personally, social media personality, the studyblr community, or even just encouraging words. Briefly write out a list of reasons why that person inspires you or a list of quotes that inspire you. (If this step seems hard, compare your situation with people today [and of the past] who are restricted from going to school at all…do it for those who don’t even have your opportunities)
Find purpose in your work. You may not care about the particular subject you are studying but think about what you can gain from knowing that information regardless (better brainpower, random trivia knowledge, better grades, or you may discover an interest in an adjacent field). If the subject is in line with your dreams, keep that in perspective with visualizations.
Face the facts. Studying does work. That time you scored 95% when you didn’t study (whereas you got a 75% after studying another time) was a fluke…a mere coincidence.
Get your mind focused: Social media can wait. Your school drama will pass but your regret of not studying for your midterm will linger. The fear of failing your next test can only be defied if you do something to prevent it. Now, create YOUR perfect studying atmosphere (this requires you knowing yourself very well). Put away your phone (or put it on “Do not disturb” or turn it off or give it to someone else for a bit…whatever works for you). Put on music (I recommend classical or “lo fi beats to study/relax to”) or create silence or go somewhere with lots of chatter. Then, write out a detailed list of all the ideas that you need to review and check them off as you go!
Find a method that works for you. You have to know if you learn better from visual/spatial (make mindmaps/study guides/graphic organizers + use different colors or fonts + get comfortable with the layout of your textbook + mind palace technique), auditory/verbal (listen to material on the subject/record your lectures if possible + vocalize it back + converse with people with a proficiency in the subject + feynman technique + mnemonics), kinesthetic (review while doing another activity eg. bouncing a ball + flashcards + take notes + don’t allow yourself to sit for too long) or interpersonal cues (study groups/tutoring sessions/labs + act out the material for others + teach someone else + recall what happened in class when you learned a certain topic). Generally, writing the information will work if your test will be on paper or vocalizing your ideas if you are preparing a presentation/speech/debate. Study in a group only if you learn better that way (if you get too distracted or find that the review is never at a good pace for you, either write out notes & questions before and address them in the group AND/OR just teach the material to a stuffed animal or someone with limited knowledge on the topic).
Make it fun. Use a color coding system with your highlighters. Use a new app (Memrise instead of Quizlet). Make a cute study guide. Make a song out of your material. Watch videos on Youtube with the content. Find things to laugh at in your textbook. Make mnemonics so ridiculous that you have to remember them (take inspiration from whoever created “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally”…I always wanted to know what poor Aunt Sally did).
Give yourself rewards. Eat a few pieces of a snack (I recommend something which is good for your brain: walnuts, dark chocolate, avocado, pumpkin seeds, blueberries) once you reach a milestone (eg. 4 pgs of reading, 1 page of study guide, every 20 mins). Or watch a few minutes of your favorite show after every interval (caution: don’t forget about your studies!) or if you don’t trust yourself that much…watch a video from studytube. Or promise yourself things after the study session is throughly completed (eg. time out with friends, a mini spa night, takeout…i don’t recommend anything too expensive).
Know your limits. BURNOUT IS POSSIBLE. Trust me. Make sure that you are still getting time for non-academic fun and getting time outside as well. YOUR BODY WAS NOT DESIGNED TO STUDY FOR DAYS ON END. If you do have a longer study session make sure to keep hydrated & energized with water and food (and not too much caffeine).
Now, once all that has been established, make it a daily (or nearly daily) habit. Study as soon as you learn something new. Exercise that muscle of yours [your brain]. Your 5 hours study session will be a thing of the past. Only needing 2 hours now, you will be afforded an extra 3 hours to watch Netflix, cook, draw, go to the gym, go to the beach, take a nap, take a bath, or make a study schedule with + for a friend who recently experienced burnout.