Did you know it is always easier to finish a chapter or a topic if you have created an effective study technique?
If you do not have study techniques, this article will greatly help. But if you do, it may give you more ideas to expand your methods or further insights into your processes.
Before we start, here’s a short snippet from a productivity expert:
“To produce at your peak level, you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction.”
“Deep Work” by Carl Newport
- Get organised
Any technique you apply to your everyday school work is more effective only if you create a space free of distractions (mainly digital distractions). Like a kitchen in the house is for cooking and a living room for chilling, make a small, intentional, dedicated space for reading, writing, and experimenting.
- Purge papers to keep the desk clean and tidy!
- Turn extra plastic cups and tumblers into organisers
- Designate a place for your books. Quit cluttering them on the study table.
- Take notes
Everyone takes notes during class; only a few know the best strategies! Now you will, too.
Try this in your next class:
- Mind maps: create visual mind maps;- write a keyword followed by branches
- Fewer words: use a few keywords for an easy recall of the lesson
- Outline: when you sit at home to study, outline the chapter, and go back to it for easy recall (you can also turn this into flashcards)
- Talk to your teacher and ask questions
No doubt, it has gone unclear to date unless the teacher did not know the answer. Sometimes, if you fall back on understanding specific ideas or concepts, clarifying during or after class for a non-resistant independent study at home is best.
In some of the best Montessori schools in Bangalore, educators are committed to addressing all student queries, leaving no room for doubts.
- Create a study plan and stick to it.
This is a tough one, and we all know! But, very honestly, not if you enjoy the task. Create a weekly study plan that is realistic and convenient.
Try this plan for your next study time:
- Jot down the end goal
- Break it into smaller tasks
- Set a timeline
- Take breaks (do not go online)
- Test yourself
To know if the study technique worked well for you, test yourself!
Discover for yourself if you achieved 1% better results than the last time. Getting 21/50 this time, if you previously scored 20/50, means you have successfully stepped into the improvement zone. If not, try a different study technique until you find something that works for you.
Effective study techniques are like keys that unlock your full learning potential. Whether creating distraction-free study space, adopting better note-taking strategies, seeking clarification from your teacher, sticking to a well-planned study schedule, or testing your knowledge regularly, know that these techniques are your allies on your academic journey.
At CMR National Public School, our educators are trained to execute the best teaching methodology and learning techniques. Our children enjoy varied classroom lesson plans and take away a few to make their independent study fun and effective.
Being one of the best private schools in Bangalore, our PDI team regularly provides courses for teachers to upskill themselves to provide curious young minds with better classroom learning experiences.