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It is a new decade, and resolutions and development milestones come with it. You are probably fretting over how you will go back to school and acquire another degree before you hit 40, with everything getting complicated due to the tight schedules you have at work. Maybe 2022 is your final year of college, and you’re terrified of having to take final exams in the next 10 months.
No matter what you’re going through, tell yourself that you can do it using the right learning methods. It is possible to immerse yourself deeply into a learning experience, get the most out of it, and come out of the learning curve sufficiently prepared to succeed in your future challenge. This post intends to share and explain ten scientifically proven ways to study better in 2022.
Trying to cram an entire topic into a day will, in most cases, lead to frustration, depression, and many other mental problems that come with fatigue and sleeplessness. Let’s face it: It is impossible to learn hundreds of new concepts in one sitting. If you want to remember most of the information you know, it is best to divide the data into small, digestible chunks and then familiarize yourself with one piece at a time. You will not feel overwhelmed.
Revise studied content earlier
You will study better and more effectively if you review every new concept immediately after learning it instead of revisiting it on the eve of the exam. Studies suggest that you stand a better chance of retaining further information when you review new information closer to the day you learned it than closer to the day when you are needed to put that information to use, say in an exam or interview room.
Test your memory by rewriting what you’ve learned
Take out a blank sheet of paper and a pen and try to write short notes about a new topic you studied without consulting an external source. Ensure that everything you write on that paper comes from your internal memory. That act of retrieving information from your brain helps you remember more of it, and in case you’ve forgotten essential bits, you can note the areas you need to rework before D-day.
Exercise before settling down to study
Exercising at least 30 minutes per day improves brain function and overall health. It improves your heart rate and feeds your brain with essential nutrients that increase your attention and memory retention rate and amp up your problem-solving abilities. Make a habit of running, biking, or walking for at least 30 minutes before you sit down to study.
Self-assessment is key
If you are in the coaching business, for example, you need to self-assess yourself regularly to not only know whether your career is on the right course but also whether or not you are equipped with the core coaching competencies. You don’t have to be studying for an exam. It could be that you just read up on strong verbal communication skills or how to listen and give creative solutions for different clients’ problems. You will remember what you’ve learned if you keep track of your progress and test yourself in various situations.
Sleep well after studying
A good night’s sleep is necessary for a healthy brain. We do most of our learning during the day, but when we sleep, our memories stabilize regarding the new information we consume during the day. Studies say that being awake for more than 12 hours after learning something new increases your chances of forgetting most of the content you learned.
Taking breaks is of paramount importance
Overworking and stressing your brain just because you have an exam tomorrow will damage your memory more than reasonably. The effectiveness of your cognitive abilities is tied to the breaks you take within an hour of intense study.
Learn with the aim of teaching
Suppose you know that whatever you learn today will help you become an authoritative source of information tomorrow. In that case, your brain can organize information more logically and memorably.
Don’t just read content over and over again
Reading the same content a million times leads to confusion. It messes with your ability to remember and process new information. Occasionally, close your eyes and try remembering what you read an hour ago instead of rushing back to reread your notes.
Prepare for what is to come
Knowing what you are up against helps you prepare sufficiently and study only the relevant content. It is easier to retrieve important information in an exam room if you focus all your mental resources on looking for that one test as opposed to studying non-examinable content within the main topic.
Thanks to science, you now have 10 tips to help you get the most out of your study time. Change your learning techniques today and adopt these smarter and better techniques. 2022 is your year of academic and career breakthrough.
Written by Lisa Mottins, University of Florida– Psychologist, Cyclist and Writer