College classes require students to take in vast amounts of information. If you struggle with learning, you may have trouble passing tests. One of the best kept secrets to doing well in college has to do with memory. If you can teach yourself to learn faster and remember more, your grades will reflect that. Here are five easy study tips to help you do just that.
1. Find Your Best Study Time
Number one on our list is to figure out when your best study time is. When are you most alert? When is your focus razor sharp? For some people, it’s early in the morning before anyone else is awake. For others, the dark of night is ideal, while others are sleeping soundly. Find out when you easily slip into study mode. Then schedule your study time during those hours.
2. Get Plenty of Rest
Don’t pull all-nighters. All-night study sessions aren’t conducive to memorizing. When you don’t get enough sleep, your brain can’t store new information where it belongs. That means your powers of recall will be lacking. You will be less likely to be able to remember answers when you’re operating on less sleep. Instead, follow study sessions with plenty of sleep. Six hours is a minimum, but college students usually need at least eight hours of solid sleep.
3. Talk it Out
You might think it sounds crazy, but talking things out helps you to remember information. Instead of just highlighting important passages in your textbook, read it aloud. You could even do something more strange, but highly effective. You could ask yourself questions that you think might be on the test. Then you have to answer them back to yourself. Do this all out loud. You’ll be amazed how much more information you can retain this way. You might want to do this in private though. Your roommates might think you’ve developed a problem of talking to yourself!
4. Use the Mnemonic Technique
A mnemonic is a way to remember things that’s just a little trick. For example, if you have to remember a list of items, just use the first letter of each item to make a word. For example, if the list is osmosis, cellular and keratin, then rearrange the first letters to make the work “tok.” Then you can think of the social media platform Tick Tok, which should trigger your memory for the three words.
5. Make a Jingle
Last on our list is to make a jingle. If you enjoy music, try making little jingles out of information you need to memorize. Make a song out of long texts that are otherwise boring. When test time comes, just sing the little tune in your head to recall all the right answers. You can make it even easier if you can write jingles that rhyme.
Use these five tips to help you learn faster and easier, and remember more of what you read.