Would you study harder or smarter?

May 23, 2019

MANY would say one should study harder to pass all difficult exams. Study harder and/or smarter would be better  together to get academic honors but some have their own study techniques for lesser stress and hassle.

Some students employ  different study techniques (and even have cheat knacks) to make their lessons and assignments easy to understand. Of course, without skipping a class would certainly reward  you an “A” for that.

But here are some smarter tips you can pick to pass those exams.

* Review your notes quickly and often. After a lecture or class, read through your notes quickly again. It helps store the information in your long-term memory.

* Organize your notes visually. It helps to re-write the key points of a class or subject as a diagram – try using a mind-map or flow chart, or color coding key elements of the topic. Then you can give it a quick glance before you go into an exam.

* Don’t miss a class. As mentioned above, no absences or skipping of classes is a must. Teachers sometimes give pointers or tips or clues about the exams. Besides, skipping classes would cause you to lose your concentration during lectures, record them on your phone or a simple voice recorder and listen again later.

* Plan ahead. Make sure you allow enough time for assignments and exam revision. At the beginning of each term, note down due dates and exam dates on a planner, and schedule in time for research, editing and final review.

* Get together with a study group. You can still have a social life and study – get together with your friends and a pizza, and share ideas or test each other. You might get a new perspective on a topic, or work out a better way to approach an assignment. Online groups can work for this too.

* Stay positive. It all comes down to attitude. Be enthusiastic about your subjects, and use positive affirmations to tell yourself that you will succeed and meet your goals.

* Always trust your instincts. If you’re under pressure in an exam, don’t second-guess yourself. In most cases, the first answer you think of will be the right one. If you’re really not sure, make a note of it and move on – you can always come back later if you have time.

* Feed your brain and stay healthy. Eat well. Good brain food includes fish, nuts, blueberries and yoghurt. Get enough sleep, and plan in some active time to keep fit. Oxygen also helps your memory and concentration, so take a break and get some fresh air. Many people have their best ideas away from their desk, so if you’re really stuck for words just get outside and run around the park.