The main component of studying properly is smartness. There are a lot of students out there who spend all their time in a day to study hard, yet they get average marks in exams. The problem with this category of students is that they don’t study smart, which is the basis of studying properly. I was an A student back in high school and college, but I rarely sat all day scouring through books. I had a smart secret that worked for me in years, and I am going to share it with you in this post.
Go through Several Subjects in a Day
It is better to focus on more than one subject in a day than on one subject. Our brain is programmed in a way that it can only grasp something permanently if it repeatedly appears over time. For instance, if you study for physics on Monday then go through it again the next Monday, you will find yourself completely unfamiliar with what you studied the previous week. Instead, try to incorporate at least three subjects per day. The chances are that your brain will get used to them as you repeat them for the rest of the week. Also, you are likely to encounter same information if you study the same subjects.
Cramming is like using the cut option in Microsoft Word and pasting it into another page. Once you paste, it is gone forever. Don’t do this in your studies because learning is a continuous curve. You never know, you may encounter the same information you crammed and forgot in another exam somewhere. You need to cultivate a culture of reviewing what you read constantly. Constant reviewing will help move the information from your short term memory to long-term memory.
Do Not Sit at the Back of the Class
Scientific studies reveal that students who sit at the front of the class get good grades than the ones who sit at the back. According to the studies, those who sit at the front are likely to get 80 percent and those who sit at the back 68 percent. Sitting at the front enhances your concentration levels by reducing the number of distractions. You also hear the teacher more clearly.
Do One Thing at a Time
Multitasking is not a good thing for students. It makes you more unproductive and less attentive. The result is that you become one of the dumbest students in class. If you claim that you are capable of multi-tasking, think twice because research shows that such people are not even as productive as the average person. Get rid of your phone, switch off the TV and concentrate on your studies. Even one hour of concentration can be productive. If you cannot part ways with your phone for even one hour, then at least turn off notifications and log out of messaging programs. Also, clear your area of study.
Never Ignore Your Body
Though it seems irrelevant, ignoring your body could mean a lot of problems ranging from lack of concentration to less energy and motivation. Drink plenty of water every day to fuel your brain during a study. Eat a balanced diet and avoid foods that are detrimental to your focus and memory. Go with fruits and a lighter diet full of fiber and proteins.