Although this may work for a very small group of people this is not the best thing to do at all. If you want to pass your exams with a desired result you need to study. This doesn’t have to mean sitting at a desk for hours on end copying out your notes. Instead I am going to recommend 5 techniques that have helped me and some others that may also help you. It is important to remember that every technique doesn’t work for everyone and that you need to find the technique that works best for you.
1. Copying out Notes
I know I said earlier that this doesn’t have to be used during study but this is the technique that I find the most helpful. When I am studying for my exams I prefer writing out my notes but instead of just copying them I try and do them by memory. This means reading over your notes and then copying them out from memory. I know this doesn’t work for everyone but by being able to copy out the notes from memory then you know that it must be stored in your brain somewhere. Also another way to make this easier is to create a breakdown of your notes so that you are only writing down specific words that trigger the more specific notes you have stored in your brain. I find this a very helpful study technique so if you find it difficult to just remember notes from reading them try writing them out.
2. Someone Quizzing You
When exam season comes around I always find a member of my family to ask me questions about my notes that I can either write the answers down for or reply orally. This study technique means that you are actually having to recall the notes without reading through them first. This also means that you are able to judge easier what you know and what you don’t so you are able to focus more on the stuff you don’t know. This is a good technique if you don’t want to write out your notes while also helping a family member learn something new.
Flashcards are one of the main study techniques that people use when they are studying. This is because they can be used in a number of ways. You can use them to play memory or to just read the question and answer it. Flashcards are good for if you are having to remember a large number of specific examples like dates and names of people. I find this technique especially helpful for remembering specific examples. This is also a good technique for you to do on your own or with a group of people. This is a good technique to use to study your friends while still testing yourself at the same time.
4. Teaching Someone What You Know
By teaching someone what you know it shows you have committed the information to your memory. Through this technique you are able to recall the information and teach someone else which shows you know the information and this makes it easier when you come to exam time and you are having to recall the information to write your exam. This is a good technique to do as one of your last techniques because you are able to show that you truly know what you are talking about.
5. Study Space
The most important technique for studying is having a good place to actually study. You want a space that is comfortable for when you do your studying hours. You want a place that makes you feel calm and in control and also a place that is quiet. If you can’t control the noise of the place you are in a good way to counteract this is by listening to music. This is what I do when I am doing any study. You can listen to basically any music it is more to block out the noise, but you don’t want to be listening to music that is going to distract you. I would also recommend removing your phone from your place of study. You don’t want to be able to see your phone because you will want to reach out to it and play on it. Save this time for when you have scheduled breaks in your study.
I hope these techniques help you and happy studying! Good Luck!
Author: Nicole Ashby
Nicole Ashby is currently a Year 12 student at Ellesmere College in Leeston, New Zealand. She has always had an interest in writing in classes at school and in her free time. She enjoys writing about things that matter to people her age that they may not know much about or they want to broaden their knowledge on a certain subject. Nicole enjoys writing about things that matter to her and things that she thinks more people should be aware about. When she was 12 she was one of 5 who won a writing competition in Creme magazine about her experience in the earthquakes. She has written pieces for her local newsletter, The Ellesmere Echo, about school events and this year she has taken on the task of being the editor of her school magazine. She also has an interest for design and creating magazine covers and spreads. Nicole looks forward to expanding her writing and creating pieces for people to enjoy.