If you’re a student, then a question that will keep hunting you till the rest of your learning journey is how to study better. How to get better results with less effort. Just How !!!! You’ve come to the right place.
How to study better ? Here’s a quick summary
- Study in 25 minutes bursts (aka Pomodoro Technique)
- Visualize what you’re studying
- Don’t wait for the last minute (trivial but should be mentioned)
Let’s dive into these concepts one by one so that you know how to study better
The Pomodoro Technique
One of the key factors of improving your method of studying is increasing your efficiency. You need to be smart in the way you handle your studying time.
As we all know, studying for long periods of time does not mean you’re truly studying. If you can find a way to achieve more in less time, then your efficiency will skyrocket and you’ll find yourself doing much better that you would expect.
The question becomes, how can you study more in less time? The answer is simple: divide your studying time into bursts.
Say you’re planning to study 5 hours today and take a one hour break in between. Instead of studying for 2.5 hours then taking an hour break, then studying for another 2.5 hours, a better option would be that you study in 25 minutes bursts and take 5 minutes breaks in between.
Why would that be better?
First of all, if you study for 2.5 hours continuously, there is no way you’ll not end up wasting some of these studying hours doing non productive things. 2.5 hours is a very long time if you are doing the exact same thing.
If you are already wasting time during these 2.5 hours, why don’t you make sure that your wasted time becomes your break time instead? That would end up increasing your studying efficiency a lot. You’re now using the time that could be wasted as an official break.
Why 25 minutes though? Why not 30 or 20? It’s because 25 is the standard, but it actually doesn’t matter a lot. You can set the proper time yourself, pick a duration that suits you, see how long you can focus without any interruption, then adopt this time.
No matter what duration you pick, just make sure that you don’t keep your focus for more than what your body can handle. That way, you’ll be learning much more in less time.
This method also works great if you divide the things you need to study into small tasks. Allocate each burst to learn a certain topic. That way, you’ll feel better as you’re achieving something new with each burst.
You might not have noticed it yet, but a lot of the most successful online courses use this method. They divide their videos into small interval videos with each video covering a certain topic.
Go check the online courses websites yourself. Most of the courses on Udemy, Udacity, Coursera and others are a series of short videos each discussing a single topic.
This way, they’re helping you use the Pomodoro technique without you noticing. Again, they do that because it’s proven to be effective and it helps you digest the material that you’re studying in a better way.
You can find more about the Pomodoro technique from here. You can also check this website if you’d like to get some help in using this technique. All of what the site does is run timers and notify you when it’s time for your break.
It’s worth noting that dividing your time into bursts isn’t just used by college or high school students. It can be used when doing any other task. I use this technique when developing video games. It increases my efficiency by a lot.
Visualize what you are studying
How to study better? Visualize the things that you need to study. They say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
In this context, that saying is extremely accurate. Instead of having to memorize thousands of plain words, what you can do is visualize these words, turn them into a picture and this will make it easier for you to memorize them.
You are more likely to remember the content of a picture or a diagram than content that is written in plain text.
Take this Food pyramid image as an example
You might strongly agree that memorizing the content of this image is easier to do than if the content was only written in plain text.
Using visuals is always a great answer for how to study better. You can use diagrams, graphs, photos, illustrations and more to make your studying life easier
You can sketch drawings yourself when relevant. The drawings do not need to be perfect, all you have to do is make sure you’ll recall the content behind the drawing if you come back to it later.
Sketching things you are studying can of course be time consuming, you don’t have to do it for everything you’re trying to learn.
Just search online if you can find some visuals that represent the things you are trying to study. You can sketch the things that you can’t find online, but make sure you don’t waste a lot of time on the drawings.
Don’t wait for the last minute.
This is a very obvious answer if you’re wondering how to study better. If you want to wait for the last minute, then unless you have some kind of chip that can transfer data to your brain in a matter of seconds, you’ll fail.
Just don’t procrastinate. Always make sure that you plan your studying time ahead and have a schedule that you commit to. Else, you might not get the results that you wish for.
Just a final note: A company named Neuralink co-founded by Elon Musk is already working on creating a device that will establish a fast connection with your brain and transfer information into it.
Until they come up with something useful and affordable, you’ll have to stick to not waiting for the last minute to study something.
If you’d like more tips on how to study better, you can check our other article about the subject.