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How to make the most out of study sessions

How to make the most out of study sessions

As students progress through their education, (inevitably) studying becomes increasingly important and potentially trickier. Making the most out of each study session is crucial for understanding, learning, remembering and of course, one’s overall success. But of course, this is easier said than done. How do I become more productive? Why do I procrastinate so much? How do I study better? These are all questions that students continuously ponder and rightfully so! So, here is a little cheat sheet about how to make the most out of every study session.

                      1. Get your heart rate up
                        • This may seem unconventional to some, but trust me, science has proven its effectiveness! When you exercise your brain releases chemicals that enhance your memory, attention/concentration, problem solving and information processing. Now, I’m not telling you to run a marathon before you study but exercising for 20-30mins every day (even if it’s just walking) will be beneficial when you study!
                      1. Cramming seems like a good idea, but it’s not!
                        • We have all been there before and have crammed half of the course content the night before a test, but unfortunately this is not a good long-term plan. The main issue with cramming is that the information cannot transfer to long-term memory, therefore rendering the study session to be only useful for a very short period.
                      1. When the student becomes the teacher
                        • Teachers generally say that when you can teach a topic, you know the topic. It can really improve information retention and further understanding of what you are learning. So, go and find your mum, dad, sibling, friend, or pet and teach them something interesting! If they understand it, then you are now an expert!