Regardless of your optimum learning style, there are three simple commonalities across successful studying patterns.
The first commonality among successful students is putting in a time commitment. There is a simple relationship between studying and results: putting in the time will help you learn. The key component in this task is that you need to actively study. Set aside time within your schedule to go to a specified workspace with your study materials and try. Sitting at a desk with your book or laptop open isn’t actively studying. While it does get you one step closer to learning, you need to read the material and try to absorb the information. If you dedicate the time to actively study, you will see natural progress.
To see considerable progress, there is a need for good balance of time. How much time is too little? How much is too much? These questions can be answered with our second commonality of:
While putting in a time commitment seems difficult, the task is much more manageable when it is spread out. Additionally, when it is spread out, you are providing your mind with time to take a break and absorb the information within that downtime.
While learning the material and studying the information is a huge step in the right direction, you must be able to apply the principles towards the questions you will see on your exam. The quickest way to cause test anxiety may be to study for hours until your confidence is as high as it can possibly be, and then get stuck on the first question of the test. If you are unfamiliar with either utilizing your knowledge or the question sets you will see, the exam will overwhelm you and take away any confidence you’ve earned during your study sessions.
The best and simplest way to overcome this issue is to practice. Practice the material in a variety of ways. Hand write your notes to increase your retention of information. Jot down key phrases or words of association as a trigger to remember specific concepts. Watch videos that breakdown your lessons and draw simple diagrams that work for you. Use flashcards to remember vocabulary and key concepts. Orally recite your information and talk yourself through lessons.
When it comes down to it, use all of these tactics to channel the information into practice questions. Familiarize yourself with the questions you will see, so that when you open up the first page of the exam, you can feel confident to pace yourself one question at a time.
As simple as these three steps seem while reading about them, it is important to recognize that putting in such timely and consistent efforts requires discipline. By utilizing multiple forms of accountability, such as a goals list, visual calendars, and reminders, you can increase your potential for focusing. Similarly, we recommend combining your optimum learning style with a healthy dose of new techniques to enhance and maximize your study efforts.
Putting in the time and effort seems like an obvious task, but we also recognize that there are a variety of factors that can cause more problems throughout the process. Not only can accountability be an over-arching problem, but factors such as focusing, anxiety, or simply not having proper materials to study from can be large issues in the process of acing your exam. For further information on small steps you can take to conquer these problems, subscribe to our newsletter or click on the related links below.