Little enlightenments ...
I don't know if the post title is misleading. On writing this, I was driven by the will on sharing something and the fact that many (well,..) have been asking me for advice and tips on studying, here goes my advice/ tips for y'all. Just for the record, I'm not some prodigy or something, I'm just your average school-going student with a little distinction/merit, just a little.
- Make personalized mnemonics
Making mnemonics have been my greatest tendency and inclination when it comes to memorizing facts and even formulae. I can tell you that mnemonics come in really handy when studying history, math and just about any subject. Mnemonics vary in each individual, depending on their creativity. Since mnemonics are formulated by one's own-self and are greatly personalized, one therefore can't expect his/her mnemonic to be understood by another person.
Similar to mnemonics, notes, especially when written in one's own style or liking (i.e. notes written in mind maps, color pens, presentations, vocalized notes (using voice recorder), etc.) can appear more appealing, hence easier to memorize and be recalled by one's own-self. Making notes have been of great use for me especially in making quick reference.
Studying in a fast pace or more accurately, 'going through' or 'glancing' for the sake of finishing a chapter quickly will not do you good, trust me. I've always done the aforementioned only to come to a conclusion that doing so is only more time-consuming. You not only don't get to grasp the chapter thoroughly but come back to the same chapter after mere hours of studying it either because you've not comprehended the chapter fully or have forgotten the contents. My advice, go in your own pace, sit back, relax and take time to understand a chapter.
Question yourself, answer your questions, paraphrase what you've learnt in your own words.
- Do lots of practice/excercise
After finishing a chapter, answer question banks and do a whole lot of practice. In that way, you not only test your understanding of the chapter but also steady and expose yourself to the possible questions that might be asked in exams. This tip has proven to be a sure fire way to ace in exams for me. Well, as the old adage goes, practice makes perfect!
Making checklists will sort of give you the 'oomph' to accomplish and see ticks beside the to-do's enlisted.
Setting time limits is another sure fire way to get your goals achieved within a short span of time and to avoid procrastinating.
Teaching others have enlightened me on many things that were unbeknownst to me. Sometimes, the questions posed by another person are not those that have occurred to you. Your curiosity does the job and voila, you're smarter than before. Moreover, on sharing your knowledge with others, well it's goodwill and in doing so, believe me, there's sheer joy, you don't loose anything but gaining, there certainly is.
Though this is a rule of thumb and is something considered vital to not forgo or dismiss, I've always been a night-owl and being an early-bird as well, I've lacked sleep and am always lacking. In practicing not what I preach, I've faced the music.
Chapters are usually related to each other. Try and relate or recall a complementing chapter whenever necessary. Doing so will help you understand and memorize better as there's this 'virtual linkage' created between chapters.
The very point of this point elucidates this whole point- understand, not memorize. I've seen many of my friends doing this. Well, while it might be useful in assuring one's-self of an accurate answer, memorizing as we all know, requires a lot of time and effort. You would also have a tendency to forget memorized facts. Understanding and evaluating facts on the other hand requires lesser effort and time. Many students fail to realize that understanding a chapter (or basically anything) would be beneficiary along the long run as all that is in a student's syllabus right now has a high probability of being applied in tertiary level of education. (cliche? I hope not)
Besides books, the internet, our friendly companion offers a wide array of materials intended specifically for reference- rather seamlessly.
- Have prospects/goals in mind
Having prospects and goals in mind can be your drive and passion to reach farther and greater heights.
- Love what you're studying
Doing the opposite would only drain you as terrible results ensue when you detest a subject/chapter. This has been true for me. Overtime, I've learnt to love what I'm studying and satisfaction has been what I have attained eversince.
- Believe that you can and never give up.
Do not set limitations to yourself and do not underestimate the wonders your brain is capable of.
Make use of the immense storage your brain offers you for memorizing facts and storing formulas and useful information. Remember, what the brain can perceive, it can achieve. Giving up is a no-no if you dream in leading a successful life.
Hesitate to ask and you might be going astray or left behind.
Reward yourself every now and then when you've accomplished something. In this way, there is some sense of gratification from all the hardwork. Rewarding yourself can also spur strife to continue the hardwork.
last but not least,...
- Continue to learn; knowledge is power