The end of the first quarter is approaching and getting prepared is always more difficult! Here are 7 scientifically tested tips to tackle the study with less difficulty.
Even if the school has started a while, a critical moment is approaching: Before the Christmas holidays the checks are overlapping, and in January you will have to face the final “tour de force” for the end of the term!
If you can find a method to study, you will see that the difficulties will not be so many: to help you, we found 7 tricks “proven” by science. The eighth, however, we give it to you: try to get excited about what you read and listen to. If there is passion, everything becomes easier!
Here are our 7 super-tips …
Give yourself some goals: The “tomato method”, created by the Italian student Francesco Cirillo, consists in using a kitchen timer (in its case, it was tomato-shaped, hence the name) to keep the time: 25 minutes of study, 5 break. The more tomatoes you “conquer”, the more you will be stimulated to work to reach others.
Avoid distractions: When you study, leave smartphones and computers (with Facebook and the like). Try the software that “block” chat and messages for a set time: for example Cold Turkey for PC and Self-control for Mac.
Read aloud: In this way, according to a research from the Department of Psychology of the University of Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), your brain “records” information in two ways, visual and auditory.
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Handwriting: Taking notes with a pen or pencil rather than with a PC, it is important to remember more. This was demonstrated by a 2010 study coordinated between the Stavange University in Norway and the Université de la Mediterranée (France). If you enrich the notes with drawings and colored writing (as in the mind maps above) even better!
Divide the work into “chapters”: A study of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology of the University of California (USA) has shown that studying few data at a time, eventually making a check of what you remember, increases your storage capacity.
Test yourself: Test your knowledge right away (by asking a friend or your friends) reinforces your memorization skills: a study from Washington University in St. Louis (USA) says so.
Review quickly before going to sleep: A search of Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA) has shown that the brain, during sleep, enhances the information just received. But do not study when you’re already in bed: stimulate brain activity before falling asleep compromises sleep!