Studying is at the top of the list of the most unfavorable task as a student. While many of us will procrastinate or take shortcuts in other areas of our academics, developing strong study skills is a process that enhances over time. Many believe that studying involves memorization of facts to be later regurgitated on a test. Memorization is one aspect of studying, it is the first step in this process of learning. The objective of studying is to acquire knowledge that can be applied later on.
Every student as their study habits, good or bad. It is important to understand that the method of studying that works for one student may not be as effective for another learner. The key to studying is to be effective in inputting and applying information, this is a key principle in studying smarter not harder. My whole missions is to help other students succeed, so I am going to tell you the secret to the art of studying. If you want to learn the secret to the art of studying to become an effective learner, it is important to know the three S’s in studying.
What is your learning style? My mother said it best “even though people share similar opinions, no two people think the same.” The same applies to learning, everyone has a dominant preference in which they receive and retain information. The three common learning styles are, Visual (learning through see, images), Auditory (learning through listening) and Kinesthetic (learning through hands-on/touch). It is important to identify which learning style you fall under in order to tailor studying according to your needs. Ex. If you are an auditory learner, re-reading a textbook is not an effective way to study. Once you have identifies your style it is important to learn techniques and tricks that work best for you. Remember two visual learners may and can have opposite methods of studying. The key to defining your learning style is no matter what subject or topic you want to use your strength to help you succeed.
Tip: Figure out your learning style(s) first. Once your learning style is defined, the other two S will fall into place easily. The key to be an effective and efficient student.
Defining your style will help you determine which environment do retain information better. It is best to have three ideal locations that you are able to study best. The three location should consist of one location at school, one location at home and a third place of your choice neither at school or at home. Why three locations? It is best to have as many options as possible. Libraries become crowded during exam time, sometimes it is hard to focus at home, or simply a change of setting to stay engaged. Think of a place you are relaxed, comfortable but not easily distracted as well.
Tip: Libraries offer private study rooms for a specific period of time. Plan ahead and reserve a study spot.
The answer to some of these questions may be crystal clear for some, while others may need to experiment and figure out the answer to these key questions. Once you have clearly defined your three S you will have passed your test and mastered the art of studying.
What do you bring with you to study? The first answer is obviously your books and notes. More specifically what do you need to help create the comfortable atmosphere? What do you need to help support your learning style? If you are missing anything even a pencil, it will become frustrating and distracting. The purpose of the supplies is to help you get the job done!
Tip: Keep your supplies list simple and basic. It should consist of notes and items that fit your physical needs (snacks, hydration etc.) and comfort (a great playlist, silence)