New York Times. Memory is colored by location, and changing your study locales increases the likelihood of remembering what you’ve learned.
Study and Homework Groups - Never underestimate the power of your peers, especially when working
through a difficult problem set or reading assignment. Dividing and
conquering is an effective way to reduce your workload -- and to make
sure you understand the material. You might even make a friend in the
Flash Cards - Sometimes the best habits are the ones we’ve used forever. Flash cards
are oldies but goodies –- writing notes and definitions more than once
will help imprint information in your memory, and the cards are a great
way to develop and use mnemonic devices and associative phrases.
Take Tests - As much as we may hate tests, the New York Times
reports that formal evaluations not only affirm knowledge but enhance
it. Consistent testing can help us relearn and recall information, and
it pays off when preparing for final exams.
Sleep - A tired mind is a slow mind. Get enough sleep and watch your GPA rise.
Don't Categorize Yourself - Students often categorize themselves as visual or auditory learners, or
as being left-brained or right-brained thinkers. According to the New York Times,
research has shown that these distinctions are largely erroneous. It is
more important to figure out which study strategies work for you than
to worry about where you lie on the learning spectrum.
Go To Class - This one might seem obvious, but large lectures and early start-times
often make class feel, shall we say, optional. The best way to prepare
for tests is to attend classes and participate. You’ll have already
begun the process of reviewing and will know what to expect on the exam
(especially if you haven’t done the reading.)
Don't Immerse Yourself in Subject Material - In keeping with the age-old proverb that values quality over quantity,
scientists have found that immersion is not an effective method of
study, the New York Times
reports. Rather than sticking to one subject and spending hours
attempting to master it, you should switch between a few (related)
topics. It’s less boring -- and you’ll learn more.
Manage Your Time - The only thing worse than having a deadline is missing a deadline. Stay
organized, cut down on procrastination and your work load will feel much