We all have exams and stressful periods when we think we cannot handle the amount of information. I have some tricks that might help you.
10. Get enough sleep.
Yes, I know it seems like you are running out of time but if you don’t sleep enough, you will not be able to learn anything. Try to get at least 6 hours of sleep! Our brains need that time to get familiarized with all the new info.
9. Eat enough food and drink enough water
When you are hungry you cannot concentrate and even if you are reading Ancient History, the only thing you will have in mind will be some steak or french fries. Don’t forget to hydrate. Without water you will get annoying and persistent headaches.
8. Check and see how many pages you have to learn
Divide the pages per days and don’t let yourself read any less than the goal you’ve initially set.
7. Read each chapter and write by hand a summary
I’ve noticed that if I write by hand the information I learn it so much faster. I don’t know if it’s only me, but it works every time. Half of the information I remember only by writing it down.
6. Don’t study all day without having breaks
Wake up in the morning and learn for 3 or 4 hours. Then take a break, you can go for a walk or you can take a nap, whatever helps you relax. You can study for another 4 hours in the evening. This way the learning part of the day won’t seem as much of burden.
5. Make cards with the most important information
I don’t know about you, but when I see an A4 format page full of information I feel overwhelmed. It makes me think that it will take forever to learn and remember everything. But if I make small notes on little cards with the most important information it makes me feel like I am in control. Normally I would write on the card the definitions, important classifications and other information which I find essential. And then one card at a time, baby, one card at a time.
4. Repeat the information out loud
This will make you realize how much do you really remember and on which parts you still need to insist.
Now, the last 3 tricks are only for those times when you have a very short period of time to prepare:
3. Read all the information
Pay attention and try to understand as much as you can.
2. Make a brief scheme of each chapter
And I really meant it when I said a brief scheme. Try to include on it only important definitions. Try to remember as much of the schemes as possible.
1.Read everything once more
After you have read it again and having the schemes in your mind try to say it out loud and if you remember more details from what you have read those two times, try to elaborate.
What are your learning methods?