Hello guys! So since my account is all about studying, I thought it might be useful to post some study tips for you to try if you want. :)

Aim to understand before you memorize. It’s so much more valuable to know the meaning of the word than to be able to recite a word for word definition out of a textbook.

Try to get the correct information the first time you learn about it, by paying attention and asking questions. It’s hard to remember things, but it’s even harder to overwrite incorrect memories.

Organize the information. There are theories about how many spaces our working memory has, the numbers vary but it’s not very many. If you’ve never heard of working memory, it’s your short term memory and where the information you’re currently handling is stored. For example, let’s say I showed you this random string of numbers. Memorizing it would be pretty hard, because we definitely have less than 16 spaces in our working memory. But as soon as I group them like this, each group is a single “thought” and you only need to remember four things.

Some ways to do this are with numbers and categories. If you can remember that there are 16 numbers in the sequence, it’s much easier to be sure of the numbers than if you have no clue when to stop. You can also group information into categories, so they’re like the four groups of numbers instead of the 16 individual ones.

The way we recall things from our memory is using cues. Sometimes they’ll be test questions, sometimes someone might say something that reminds you of something else. The best way to make it easy for you to remember something when asked is to have a lot of cues connected to it. You can connect the information to an actual example. The best connections you can make are ones that make the information interesting or connected to your life.

Get an impression of the material from as many senses as possible. For example, you could read your notes out loud. Then you’d be getting the information through sight, hearing, and even feeling your mouth moving.

Active studying is more valuable than passive studying. If you just read over your
notes or textbook, you’re only reinforcing that you recognize the information, not that you can actually recall it when you have a blank test paper in front of you. Some active studying techniques include practice tests and flash cards.

Take breaks between study sessions. It’s generally better to study for 15 minutes a day over a span of a week than for two hours on one day.

Sleeping is also very helpful to strengthen your memory.

It also helps to walk while you study.

Write instead of typing. Unless you can’t get all of the essential information down fast enough when writing.

Use mnemonic devices. For example, you can use HOMES to remember the names of the Great Lakes.

Make up a rhyme or song. I did this in sixth grade for a project and I still remember the song, and I still remember a bunch of random facts about plate boundaries.