Five Genius Tips for an Effective Study Session

 04 - 17 - 14
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by Annette Hazard

Students are always looking out for the latest way to study smarter, not necessarily harder. Whether a person is getting an OU masters of engineering management degree or just trying to keep an A in Calculus, the types of study habits one employs can often make a difference between passing and failing. No serious student pays so much money to attend college with the hopes of failing their classes. That would be a huge waste of money on the student’s part, or perhaps on the part of their parents. To avoid this unfortunate state of affairs, it is important to develop some simple, yet effective, study habits. But, how does a student do this, if they have a history of not being at the top of their class? Not a problem. Here are a few simple strategies you can use to significantly improve your next study session.

Tips for an Effective Study Session

Genius Study Tip #1: Eat Saturated Fats Not Refined Carbs and Sugar

If you want laser like focus throughout your study sessions, then you must get off a diet loaded with refined carbohydrates and sugars. These foods jack your energy levels up quickly and crash them quickly too. The last thing you want before a study session or a test is to get part way through and start feeling sluggish and wiped out. Plus, many people notice that when they go off breads, specifically wheat and white breads, they don’t get that carb coma feeling or the persistent brain fog that so many people complain about. Alternatively, people who switch over to a diet high in saturated fats and low in carbs and sugar, notice that they have incredible focus throughout the day, no brain fog, no carb coma, and lots more energy. The reason is because saturated fats in foods like real butter, eggs, and full fat yogurt burn much slower. So, the energy stays with you much longer through your study session or test, which helps you stay on task and focus without getting tired or overwhelmed.

Genius Study Tip #2: Take Relevant Notes to Study From

There is a reason why a professor is lecturing to the class. It’s not to teach himself the material. The student can be sure of that. It is typically to inform the class as to the type of information that is likely going to be on the test, so that the class can efficiently study for the test. If a person is ever in doubt, it is best to meet with the professor and ask them if one’s notes reflect the information that a student would expect to see on the test or not. There is no sense in studying the wrong thing. Remember, the professor is usually the one who wrote the test. Consequently, making sure you are taking down notes that reflect the right material to study is a good way to improve the effectiveness of any study session.

Genius Study Tip #3: Repetition Is Key to Remembering

If a student tends to go over the material multiple times, then they are likely going to know the material more intimately than someone who only reviews the material once. A student can actually put this idea on steroids and cover each portion of the study material seven times, basically conditioning the brain to regurgitate the right answer when needed. Just think of how many times the professor has gone through the material. The same principle applies for the professor too, because going over the same material many times is what drills it right into a person’s head. That is how the professor got good at teaching the subject. And that is how a student can effectively get more out of a study session.

Genius Study Tip #4: Actually Know the Material

Where it is often true that a student can do well simply by learning to memorize facts for a test, it is usually better if a student is intimately familiar with how to apply the concepts and ideas they are learning in class. A study session can be something as simple as one student actually teaching the material to another student. Forcing one’s self to explain concepts and ideas to others helps to ensure that a person is truly grasping the material in question. This way, if the professor asks the student to apply concepts on a test, rather than simply regurgitate memorized facts, then the study session has covered both bases. Hence, the student has a better chance of getting a good score on the test as a result of tailoring their study sessions the right way. Plus, there is also a better chance that the material will stick with the student long after the class is over, which is good if the next class a student takes builds off the concepts learned in the former class.

Genius Study Tip #5: Start or Join a Study Group

If a student knows they need help studying and staying on task, then joining or starting a study group with other students can definitely improve the effectiveness of their study session. There is no rule that says a student has to go it alone. Some people simply do better when studying in a group setting. Plus, another student may have jotted down important notes that, for whatever reason, the first student failed to jot down. Study groups can also be sources of friendly competition, which is a good motivator to study harder. There is nothing wrong or bad about positioning one’s self to study competitively and set the curve for the whole class. Also, a group study session gives some the opportunity to practice explaining ideas and concepts to others, which goes back to the former tip. Now, all that is left to do is for the student to actually apply these tips in order to benefit from them.

Guest Post by Annette Hazard
Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that usually writes about business and finance.

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