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Starting Summer School? Top 13 Ways to Study

Rainer Plendl

When I got to college I almost flunked my freshman year by partying too much. Then I buckled down and learned to study. The sooner you learn how, the better off you’ll be. Honestly, I think learning to study is as simple as learning to sit in one, quiet place and focus on what you’re reading, typing or solving. Here’s what an international survey said:

  • When you read, highlight what you think is important.
  • On a blank sheet of paper, write with your hand the most important things you read. The act of moving information from the brain through the hand imprints things on the brain.
  • Make note cards with important facts. Then do the memorizing flash card game.
  • Study for the test or write a paper a little bit every night — not for 10 hours the day before.
  • Every time you hear or read something you’re unfamiliar with, make a note and FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS!
  • When you learn that a change or transition took/takes place (in history, politics, psychology, science, sociology) makes sure you know WHY it took/takes place.
  • Find a friend who will listen to you TEACH the material you just learned. There is almost no better way to imprint something on your brain.
  • Do not study in your room (too many distractions). Study somewhere with no distractions.
  • Play one hour of video games or one episode of a show on Netflix before studying. That way your mind isn’t trying to tell you to do something else INSTEAD of study.
  • Turn your phone off.
  • Talk to yourself. Repeat verbally what you’re learning. Ask questions out loud. Explain something to yourself. It works.
  • If your music is distracting, consider finding the genre you like from another country. German hip hop, Korean pop, French country, etc.
  • If you study with friends, make sure they’re 100 percent focused or get the heck out of there.

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