Across every college in America, millions of students are stressing out more than ever, trying to shove as much information into their brains as possible.
The problem? It just doesn’t work.
If you or another fellow student you know usually crams for exam or works on papers at the last minute, it should go without saying how ineffective or a toll that becomes.
Simply put, you can’t afford to put off everything for the last minute and expect to get good grades in school (with the exception, if you’re one of the few gifted with a photographic memory).
Set Up A Schedule
As soon as a test or paper is announced, set up a schedule for studying.
If you have 2 weeks before the date of the test or assignment, start putting in a little bit of studying at a time. Just 1 hour a day, leading up to it will give you a far better chance of memorizing things and putting together the right information to pass. Don’t try to memorize everything at once, once again it doesn’t work. Instead, give yourself some time to study a short span of time a day, until your big day.
Don’t Study In The Same Place Each Time
Another thing that you need to test out is the location of your study haven. Move around the different places at school and within your city. Why? Studies have indicated that if you study in literally, different places, you will end up remembering by making the experience new and different.
Test out a local library, a coffee shop, and even your home. The more diverse the areas are in which you’re studying, the better your chances of increasing memorization as the brain associates location with the study materials overall.
Don’t Cram Too Much At Once
When you’re studying different subjects, try to spread them out. Don’t just go through hours of information one setting, at one time. Instead, switch things up into intervals so that you give your brain a little bit of change.
Changing the pace is going to help you understand the bigger picture, and will give you an easier time with memory retention.
Group Studying Works Great
If you’re taking a class with others, seek out a study group. Study groups can help you not only remember information, but it will help you iron out areas that you aren’t so good at.
Study with others, and you will improve your performance overall through associating information with situation and location.