14 Proven Scientific Study tips for exams
Thanks for reading this article. In this article i will introduce you to 14 proven scientific study tips to help you succeed at any exam. These techniques are well researched and if applied are guaranteed to produce outstanding results
I kindly request that you read and apply this information or share it with someone who is preparing for exams
1) How long should you study for?
Research shows that our brains retain information better in small chunks at regular intervals as oppose to big chunks at once
You’ll retain far more information if you did 10 short regular ’30mins’ study sessions rather than a straight 10hr session. Ideally, 45mins-1hr revision sessions with regular breaks have been shown to be most effective. Regular breaks can also boost productivity and improve your focus.
2)Should you study directly from an Ipad or Print?
Computers, tablets and all sorts of e-learning formats are good, but research has shown that the old fashion ‘print’ is still more effective for retention.
Reading time is 6.2% slower with an IPad than a printed book or handout, and kindle is 10.7% slower.
A study done by a psychology lecturer from Leicester university found that students who read the same information from a computer had to read several times to fully absorb the information compared to students who read the information on print
Print out all lecture notes etc and avoid studying directly from an Ipad or computer
3) Where is the best place to study?
Studies show that studying the same information in different places each day improves memory. Everytime you move to a new place to study the same material, you activate new associations which improve memory
So next time you are revising, make sure you study the same information in different places, library, class room, bedroom etc. to improve retention
4) Test yourself
A study in science magazine showed that students who tested themselves after learning a subject retained 50% more information a week later than students who did not test themselves.
Get as many practise papers as possible and test yourself after learning each new topic.
A study by the university of Indiana showed that distractions such as texting or using social media while studying reduce brain efficiency as they interfer with the absorbing and processing of information
Turn your phone off during study periods to maximise your revision
6) Turn up the Music
I don’t mean ‘Justin Beiber’. Classical music has been shown to stimulate brain waves which activate memory.
Dowload some Pandora and play it while studying. Hans Zimmer’s pandora study music is a favourite and helps engage the brain
7) Make the connections
Tony Buzzan, author of Mind Maps, showed that quick learners make connections between ideas as oppose to merely memorising them.
Learn actively by making connections and associations with any new material you learn. The best tool i have found in my experience for making connections is learning to use mind maps by Tony Buzzan.
Mind maps are an incredible tool for activating all parts of your brain and improving learning and retention capacity.
8) Supercharge your brain
Several studies have shown the benefits of exercising and how it improves concentration, focus and performance. According to Dr Douglas Mckeag from the university of Indiana, exercise gets blood flowing into your brain, oxygenates it and increases your alertness and mental capacity.
So before you start revising, do some light exercise, brisk walk, jogg, run etc for a few minutes and activate your brain power
9) What should you eat before exam?
Studies show that eating a healthy balanced diet and keeping yourself hydrated is essential for brain function. In a study, students who took water with them to exams were more alert than those who did not.
There is a library of evidence on the benefits of fish oil for brain activity and nutients such as omega 3, 6 and 9.
Ensure you eat a balanced diet, a good amount of fish, nuts, avocados, almonds and olive oil in the weeks before your exam and keep yourself hydrated. A good combination of omega 3,6 & 9 can be found in the fantastic Udo’s Oil. Buy it if you can.
Do not forget to take some water with you to every exam.
10) How should you make notes?
Flashcards are best for active recall. Studies have shown the ‘Leitner System’ to be very effective in helping recall information quicker. This system also helps you review material which you know least over and over until you memorise it
11) When is the best time to study?
There isn’t really a best time to study, it all depends on the individual, but studies have shown that our brains form new connections when we are asleep.
You will therefore process and retain information better if you read new information just before going to bed as oppose to in the day when you have more distractions. But study times vary, some people study better in the mornings, some afternoons, some evenings and others at night. Find out what works best for you and stick to it.
12) When should you review your lecture notes?
Researchers have demonstrated that the first time you hear a lecture or study something new, if you review the material that same day within 24hrs , you prevent yourself from forgetting up to 80% of what you learned. After a week it only takes 5 mins to retain 100%
Review your lecture notes on the same day of the lecture to retain it
13) Teach it
The best way to learn something is to teach it. A study separated students into two groups. One group was asked to study the topic to take a test at the end, while the other group was asked to study the same topic but to teach it to colleagues at the end. Students who were asked to teach the topic understood the topic better than those who only read it for the test.
Get together with friends and perform various role plays. Act as a teacher and teach each topic you learn. When you learn to teach a subject you activate your brain at a deeper level creating an indepth understanding of a subject. You will also get feedback from colleagues
14) Study with A+ students
Most of the outstanding results i got at university and school were as a result of studying with other hard working and intelligent students. Most were more intelligent and challenged me to work harder.
Join a good study group, or network of hardworking students to guarantee good results
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