This is great information for those of you who feel like you are studying diligently, but your grades do not reflect your time spend doing so. There is a science to studying effectively, and if you develop good study habits, then you should see your grades improve.
The first big hurdle to good study habits is time management. Do you have a set time that you study? Do you regularly review the material you learned in class? Good time management with your studying ensures that you MAKE time to study, and that you have a regular routine. Also, by having a regular schedule, you are more productive and can easily track your progress and time invested.
When you hear the word TEST does your skin crawl? The best way to tackle studying for a test is to break up your studying into small sessions (as described in the video). You are more likely to stay engaged and absorb the material so that you can display your knowledge come test time. Also, you are more likely to avoid burn-out or distraction if you study in smaller time segments.
A final tip is to make sure that you are conducting your study sessions in a place free of distractions. Focus is key to absorbing the information, and scientific studies have shown that we are not as good at multi-tasking as we think we are. Simply look at any "don't drive and text" campaign and you get the idea exactly. A room where you can concentrate that is free of noise, music, or even your cell phone is your best bet to learning the information.
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