It’s best to study for short periods but frequently. Neuroscientists have proved that the synapses in your brain work mainly at night when you’re asleep. Thus, it’s more productive to study regularly with sleeping breaks.
Find your own style
Some people prefer watching videos more than reading books. Others study with company and some like to be alone. Find your most effective practice.
Good night sleep
Sleep is vital to processing and storing new information. A Harvard study shows that students who sleep well remembered their study materials 35% better than those who studied in the morning to take a test in the evening.
If you tend to procrastinate, it is best to protect yourself from distractions. The best way of doing that is to shut down your mobile devices and go to a quiet place, such as a library.
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This technique suggests that you concentrate on studying for a period of time and take a short break after. This will keep you motivated to keep going and will let you relax regularly.
Hard stuff first
We usually have the strongest will power in in the morning, so do the difficult work in that time. Once you are done with it, you’ll feel more secure to continue being productive and do more for the rest of the day.
Exercise, meditate, and converse
There are few activities proved to grow your brain. Some are physical exercise, regular meditation and good conversations. They lead to creating new neurons inside your brain and, therefore, grow its potential.
You can create deeper memories of a subject by learning in a richer environment that offers more visual clues.
Take fun seriously
Positive emotions are very important for increasing your learning potential, so make the most out of it and have fun.
Space your studies
By repeating the material in spaced intervals you increase the chance of remembering things for a longer time.
30% read 70% recite
This ratio usually leads to the best results. If you have an hour to learn a speech for example, it is best to read it for 20 minutes and practice for 40.
Immediate recall in the form of a test or a short summary can increase retention by 30%. It’s much harder for your brain to reflect than to read, so by doing that you increase your chances of learning more.
Don’t force it
If you are not motivated now, take a break and do something else. You cannot force yourself to be motivated constantly.