“The way most students study makes no sense!” This is the conclusion made by renowned psychologists Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel of Washington University, St. Louis. Many students study by re-reading textbooks and notes, but the research carried out both in lab experiments and in classrooms, prove that this is a terrible way to learn the material. It was seen that active learning strategies such as flashcards, drawing and quizzing yourself is more effective. The cognitive and pedagogical psychologists have investigated, developed and assessed various effective study strategies. Still, this important information doesn’t make its way to students. This proves that our education system is unsuccessful at bridging the gap between pedagogical research and its implementation in the classroom.
Students are left feeling discouraged when common study strategies such as highlighting and re-reading fall short. However, it doesn’t have to be that way if students are provided with effective study strategies. Here, in this article, we provide you with a few effective tips to help you study better!
Firstly, you need to know the kind of learner you are to study better. For a student who gets distracted easily, taking breaks and re-energising oneself drinking water and eating fruits like blueberries are necessary. If visual learning works the best for you, incorporating pictures and diagrams to your study routine is the best course of action. If you study better listening to others, then joining a study group would be the best course of action to learn more effectively.
Acronyms and mnemonics
Mnemonics act as a memory bridge to help you revive information that otherwise is hard to remember. If used correctly, they allow you to spend less time retrieving information from your long-term memory. If one fails to study the mnemonics accurately, they hinder rather than help you recall information accurately. An example of a mnemonic is the mnemonic used to remember the Ohm’s Law.
The triangle shown above acts as a mnemonic to remember Ohm’s Law. By placing a finger over V, we are left with variables I and R, this gives us the equation, V = IR, which is required to calculate the value of V. Similarly, keeping a finger on I leaves us with the variables V and R which again gives us the expression I = V/R that is required to calculate the value of I.
Flash cards are effective memory-aid tools that help students learn new material quickly. One of the common criticism that it faces is that they encourage students to memorise. But if you used correctly they can act as a great tool for information retention. Different laws such as the laws of thermodynamics can be studied using flashcards.
The above listed were a few unconventional study hacks that will help you score better marks in exams this time. More importantly, develop a thorough, yet flexible, study approach that takes into consideration the course load and the ways in which you could be tested in each of your courses. All the Best! To better understand concepts with the help of videos, students can subscribe to the BYJU’S YouTube Channel and know how BYJU’S app is changing the way students learn.