Studying… Is an act that many people will be familiar with and accustomed to. Most of us go through at least 15 years of pure studying in our lives, from primary school through to high school to university. So why is it that some of us do really well in this aspect of life whilst others seem to only just scrape through? There are multiple reasons: interest, laziness…… and the reason which I want to focus on today – the METHOD OF STUDYING!
When it comes to studying, quality does overpower quantity. This means its not how much time you spend studying a certain subject, but it’s how you bring yourself to studying it which matters. Of course, the amount of time you spend studying is still important, for most of us, spending 5 minutes revising and then expecting an A* in a subject is virtually impossible. But with the right method used, we can save a lot of excess study time.
Therefore today, I’d like to share a study tip which one of my primary school teachers taught me, and which have stuck with me ever since. This method applies more to subjects which have tons of theory though thus for subjects like Maths, it will not be of much use. Also, I don’t actually know the name of this method, so lets just call it RUST – Repetitive Useful Studying Tip.
When you’ve just attended a lesson or lecture that day which went over some theory in your textbook, you…
Go through the theory covered that night when you go home, make sure you read it slowly and thoroughly, but don’t force your brain to take itall the details.
Go through the theory again the next day, reading it slowly and thoroughly still.
Go through the theory again the next week, reading it, but not spending as much time as you would the first 2 time. Then go through the same theory every week for about 3-4 weeks
Go through the theory once a month and do it for a few months. Since you’ve read the theory quite a few times before, skimming through it will do the trick, although make sure you’re still reading the important words.
Lastly when exam is round the corner, make sure to revise the theory a few more times. But because by then you should be extremely familiar with it, you won’t need to spend too much time studying and attempting to cram all the information in.
Another thing I found useful when revising is bullet-pointing my important notes – so that I’m focusing on what is important, rather than just studying aimlessly.
This method may not work for everyone and will not appeal to those who don’t fancy continuous studying, but I’ve found that it works really well for me and I hope that someone out there will find this useful too.