In order for the time spent on books to make the most of it, it is necessary to find an effective method of study. The key is to find the one that best suits your characteristics and, once you find it, the road will be downhill. In this guide we show you several fast and effective study methods, suitable for both primary and secondary school, high school and university, to always bring home a good result …
1. Effective Study Method: How To Find Your Own?
To get well at school you need to have a good method of study. This is more or less the case with the great truth that students are handed down from generation to generation without however grasping their meaning to the full. First of all, let’s clarify a concept: the method of study is the technique that allows you to learn a certain topic in the shortest time possible and in the most effective way. The problem lies in the fact that, in reality, there is no truly universal method of study that can be adapted to the characteristics of each student.
There are those who learn everything simply underlining, those who need the diagrams or concept maps, and those who spend hours and hours on books and those who need only a quick look at the lesson of the day to remember everything. In short: every mind has its own unique and inimitable structure, each student has specific skills and competences and it is almost impossible to dictate a rule on the way of studying that is good for everyone. Precisely for this reason it is extremely important for everyone to find the most suitable system for their characteristics. How to do? Follow the advice of this guide.
2. The Basic Elements To Find Your Study Method
To find the most suitable study method for you, you will first have to study. The only way to really understand what are your skills and what your limits are in fact to test them in a practical way, with the exercise.
There are some basic elements that you need to consider to start structuring your very personal study method. You will therefore need to answer the following questions in an absolutely sincere manner …
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1) How far will you be?
Become aware of your propensity for distraction it is absolutely necessary. If you are a student who very easily tends to get lost in their thoughts during the study phase, you will have to take appropriate countermeasures. e.g.
- Choose the place you are going to study properly, maybe in a quiet place without people talking
- Remove all possible distractions from you: cell phone, television, computers and so on.
- These small precautions will already become part of your study method.
2) How long is your concentration?
There are students who can sit for hours in front of the books always with the same intensity and the same degree of attention; others, however, that already after half an hour feel the head go to smoke and continue to study with increasing difficulty and slowness. It is certainly a question of training, but also depends on its characteristics. Which category do you belong to? To find out, just time yourself during the study and check how long you can stay focused before you start slowing down.
3) Which subjects do you consider most difficult?
In addition to those concerning concentration, it is important to also understand what are their own limits related to the studied subject. Each of us is more involved in one subject than another and this factor can also affect the choice of the study method. It is therefore advisable that you make a list, even written, of the subjects you must study, from the most to the least difficult.
Once you have answered these questions, you can start to compile a timetable to be followed in the study: depending on your ability to concentrate you will have to take breaks to catch your breath and get the necessary attention to continue studying. It is also preferable to start with the subjects that you find most difficult, in order to face them with a fresh mind and to keep the simplest ones for the end of your afternoon.
3. Study Methods: Find Yours
At this point all you have to do is select the study method that seems best suited to your characteristics. To be able to understand which one is really able to help you, it is absolutely essential to try them all and compare them. The most effective will not be the one that will allow you to take a higher grade (the evaluation, often and willingly, is the result of multiple factors), but the one with which you will be able to feel better prepared by working less. These are some of the most effective methods of study …
This method of study is suitable for those with a schematic memory, which from a simple keyword can reconnect the broader concept exposed in the page of the book. Preparing diagrams and concept maps will therefore be useful in this case both in the learning phase, to impress the concepts well in the mind, and in the review phase, because it will allow you with a simple glance to the constructed scheme of remembering the entire lesson.
The summaries are very useful for those who, in order to remember the concepts, need to write them down and rework them with their own words. To be able to get the best out of this method of study, it is definitely important to take notes in class and then, once back home, copy them in beautiful integrating them with the notions of the most important book.
3) Reading and Repeating
This is the classic method of study, which is taught to us from elementary schools. It is useful for those who still cannot rework concepts in a personal way and need to rely on the book. It is essential to try to understand thoroughly what the book says, without entering it in a mechanical and almost anonymous way: in doing so, in fact, what you have studied will not leave you anything. So read carefully what is written on the book, try to make a brief mental summary, then close the book and repeat … and be careful not to peek!
4) Voice recordings
This method of study is probably the most suitable for university students, who have the opportunity to record the lecturer’s lesson. However, even if your teacher allows you to use a voice recorder, you can try this technique, especially suitable for those with a strong auditory memory. Once back home, listen to the professor’s lesson again, taking some schematic note. Then it’s up to you: you’ll have to repeat what you’ve learned, recording your voice, and listen to it again. Meanwhile, you’ll have to check on the book if the things you said are right or wrong and go deeper into those steps where you felt less secure.