11 Study tips to increase learning and improve grades
1. Try a new font
People retain more information when studying using a type font that is unfamiliar and difficult to read.
2. Find good study music
Music with a strong beat and no lyrics can stimulate brain waves, which improves concentration even after you've stopped listening.
3. Reduce distractions
Focus on one thing at a time, and try not to work in environments that have other stimulants pulling at your attention, such as television or other people talking.
4. Use the Pomodoro technique
Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on one thing as hard as you can, with no distractions. Then, take a break.
5. Stay alert
Apples are more powerful than caffeine at helping you stay awake.
6. Workout the body and mind
Exercising before studying and taking exams gets blood flowing to your brain, helping you focus and absorb more information.
7. Read in bed
Review the hardest material right before bedtime. Going to sleep right away consolidates information in your memory.
8. Find the right highlights
Avoid highlighting too much, focus just on key points. When you highlight everything, it's like highlighting nothing.
9. Break it up
Instead of doing all of your studying in one long session distribute study time over several shorter sessions to increase retention.
10. Make it visual
Find new and creative ways to use the information covered in class. Making charts, diagrams, and graphs helps you to visualize information and retain it better as does drawing or sketching out information or ideas.
11. Sign out and focus in
The Internet is the worst distraction students face today. Set boundaries and limit your time on Facebook and email. Disable or sign out of messaging and focus only on studying for a set period of time.