Mathematics

Study Hacks - How to study better

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14 December 2020                

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Introduction

Hacking, although it sounds like a bad word often associated with unauthorized access or being inefficient at something, is also used to try and make things or tasks easy.

Study Hacks refer to the tips and tricks used to learn efficiently and effectively. Though learning how to learn might seem strange, it could help you save hours of your study time, retain information better, and fine-tune your brain.

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Why Study Hacks is important?

Your brain can be compared to a web with many different connections and correlations. It traps information, concepts, facts, smells, tastes, and emotions. However, overtime these connections may become weak. By revising and reinforcing, they can be made stronger and we will remember them for longer.

Studying and learning are not about reading books or scoring marks. In fact “Study is the pinnacle of love - the love of the seeker for knowledge”


Few tips every student should follow to improve results

  • Teach Someone else: This is probably the best way to learn- teach someone fictional in your mind or probably a friend after you have completed your topic. It will give you a good grasp of the concepts.

  • Know your syllabus inside out: It is necessary to know what you are studying. To quote the great Sherlock Holmes, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”You must know what furniture you have to choose and put it accordingly.

  • Know the right book to read: Everything on the internet is not true and similarly everything on the book may be true or false as well. It is necessary to choose good books that help in the learning process.

  • Sincerity, and not hard work is the key to success: Indeed you need to study to be an A Grade. But it is not the number of hours you put in that counts, but what you learn does, and how you learn. Be Sincere. Study little but regularly and with full dedication.

  • Discover your learning method: Find the method that suits you or some reason that inspires or motivates you. I have often found that each person learns more efficiently if they follow some methods applicable to them only.

 For example:- I learn more effectively when I write, so I often make notes multiple times.

I learn more effectively when I write, so I often make notes multiple times.

  • Remain Confident: Zig-Ziglar once said, People say motivation doesn’t last, Well, neither does bathing that’s why we recommend it daily.” Motivation is a frequent requirement.

  • Be honest to yourself: You know yourself better than anyone else, and you can effectively predict your moves. Be honest with yourself. It might be difficult but advisable.

  • Relax: Don’t Over Exert yourself. Take breaks, short ones. It is necessary to take a rest.

    Take breaks, short ones. It is necessary to take rest.

  • Plan Well: Making a good strategy is equally important. What problems do you have? Which subject to study at which time? What About tomorrow?

And most importantly, Know why you are studying? How can that stuff you noted down in a book can change this world or your life for good?


5 Useful Study Hacks that can help you to master anything

1. Challenging Yourself

A man jumping in joy against sunset

Tests are used to measure what we have learned. We pass tests to prove that we have learned the important things taught in class and to declare ourselves ready for the next level.

Testing is often, not used as a learning tool. It both gives us a chance to understand where we are lacking and also helps to push those statistics and equations further into memory.

2. Spacing it out

Man pointing his glasses to the screen

We must give our newly learned information, some time. Once we begin to forget, we can then go and revisit it, to reinforce our understanding.

Use the “Forgetting Curve” The curve describes the rate at which forgetting occurs both before and after several retrievals.

3. Mixing It Up

Mix friuts slices on white table

Actual studying or practicing is done best in an interlinked manner. Within most subjects there are different topics, linking these topics amongst each other as opposed to the classic one -the after-the-other system is much more effective.

Switching between different yet related topics often results in a better overstanding of the corresponding subjects.

“They can see that their grasp of each element is coming more slowly, and the compensating long-term advantage is not apparent to them. As a result, interleaving is unpopular and seldom used.”

4. Connecting It

Threads connected to nodes

Making associations can significantly help memory, the greater the associations the longer they'll be retained. Those associations can also be some previous knowledge, something on the senses, an emotion, or a place.

Your location can have a far-reaching effect on your memories. While thinking of the best memories of your life, you will be able to describe the surrounding vividly

This study hack of triggering a thought through visualization is known as the method of loci.

Loci are known as the method of triggering a thought through visual stimuli.

5. Redesigning It

Redesigning  It

First, there is knowledge and comprehension, and at the later stages, there is synthesis, analysis, and evaluation.

We start lower and work our way upwards, from simple facts and ideas to the complete understanding that leads to creativity and complex problem-solving.

Memorization is not true knowledge. It is the understanding to be able to apply the concepts to decode and form the solutions to unique problems.


Few Study Hacks every student should follow 

The following study hacks make a student’s life simpler by helping him or her to increase productivity levels, boost focus, help concentration, and eliminate distractions.

  • Control your focus
     
  • Download study apps
     
  • Search Online
     
  • Jazz up your notes
     
  • Memory aids
     
  • Mnemonic Devices
     
  • Organize your materials, categorizing them by subject or chapter
     
  • Rewrite your notes by hand
     
  • Listen to Music
     
  • Sleep
     
  • Study early

Summary

The endless list of study hacks is available. You have to choose what works for you the best. For example, Questions/Evidence/Conclusion- a note-taking system in which Instead of taking down the line after line of raw information, we take notes in the form of Questions and answers/conclusions to ourselves, and despite being an amazing hack might not work for auditory learners.

So, define what you want to learn, why you want to learn, focus on it, work towards achieving your goals with sincerity, support your information or answer with factual evidence or associate it to something, repeat or revise, write or teach someone if that works for you, challenge yourself and see the wonder.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I understand quickly?

  1. Break it down
     
  2. Write it down
     
  3. Connect existing knowledge
     
  4. Try Brain exercises
     
  5. Learn your way
     
  6. Teach other people

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Written by Neha Tyagi, Cuemath Teacher


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