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How To Study Effectively

How do you study effectively?

If I know I'm going to study later, I make sure that I have glucose and iron-strong foods because they actually feed the brain and make it work better. I skim through the reading first and look at the section headings so that I know the types of information that I'm going to be looking at. The brain can only learn between 5 and 9 new concepts in a session (this can be helped by chunking related items into one chunk), so give yourself several days to repeatedly rehearse and go over the material if this is stuff you're going to have to know and reuse all semester long. If you have a test the next day or the next period, cramming will definitely put some of that info in the front of your mind to help you pass the test, but cramming is only temporary memory so if you need it beyond that test, just keep going over it.

Note: it takes about 24 hours for your brain to process information to make it permanent, the more rehearsal, the more permanent it'll be.

P.S. Don't just read the words--as you're going, when you learn something new, think to yourself about 2 different things:
1. Does this make sense?
2. Does this have meaning?

In other words, do you get what they're saying, and can you think of a way it can be applied, like an example.

P.S.S. If you're still having trouble remembering things, get a study buddy and explain concepts to each other. Research shows that when you have to teach someone else, you get to understand and remember the information more thoroughly and clearly.

Happy studying!

How to study effectively for exams?

Get rid of all distractions and get your priorities right. Im hoping this is not last minute revision and you have been making notes all throughout the year. Look through what you have to learn for the exam, know your strengths and weaknesses, work on improving them. If there is a specification of a 'things to know list' given by your examiners, learn them !

Remember - Leave no stone unturned. (this is something an examiner said to me)

Good Luck (:

How can I study effectively for UPSC?

Hi,To study effectively for UPSC, you would had to :Be Ruthless with yourself, if you spend your time in dreaming about what you would do when you would become an IAS or delaying what you should be doing, you won’t just make it, because there are many of your competitors who won’t be wasting their time.Limit Your Socialization : Limit Facebook, don’t engage on social media much even Quora, limit your real world socialization also, some pesky relative or friend might try to make you abandon your path.Be Smart With Your Studies : For example don’t waste your time in making notes from NCERTs when you can buy gist directly from market.Stay Humble, Get As Much Knowledge As You Can : One of the main reason for people to not to be able clear this exam is that they are full of themselves, they think what ever they are doing is good and would make them successful, don’t do this or UPSC will itself show you where you stand, get as much knowledge as you can regarding the exam, from toppers, from those who are currently preparing or who could never clear the exam and left it, but be smart enough to differentiate the truth from false.If you want to ask anything else, join us here : IAS NETWORKRegards

How do I study effectively at home?

Hello Yash !Home is the best place to study peacefully.Here are a few tips for studying effectively at home.Don’t sit on the bed or couch to study because that may make you feel restless and compel you to lie and may be sleep. Prefer a study table that keeps your back straight.Don’t keep any edibles near your study table because that may distract you from time to time. Give yourself a break after every 45 minutes and eat healthy during your break.Avoid eating fried food or junk during your examination periods because that makes a person lousy and lazy.Avoid keeping your mobile phone near you. Either switch it off and give it to your parents or every time you sit to study then keep it outside your room.While studying you may feel tedious and desire for some rest. Well, that’s normal but only when you study for long hours. In that case walk and study (learning matter).Tell your parents to not to disturb you in any case or if anyone drops at your home. Be determined and dedicated; “no matter who comes, I’m not going to meet them till I complete so and so pages or chapters or whatever.”Be creative while studying. It’s your home, your room; dance and study because in that way your brain will remember things quite quickly.Eat almonds and walnuts to sharpen your brain.Don’t sit comfortably because that may again result into a distraction by making you feel lousy, lazy and make you a couch potato.Last but not the least, Drink lots of water and don’t study continuously for long hours.Hope It helps you.GOOD LUCK !

How to study effectively for finals?

i have finals next week and the week after, and i haven't studied at all for them (i did not procrastinate out of laziness, but the teachers have been giving tests and projects up to the LAST minute, so i have had NO time to study until the weekend before, which is now. the teachers also like JUST gave us our study guides today so its kind of their fault) so my question is, how can i get all the information in in 1 weekend? (i'm willing to study nonstop all sat&sun).
the ones i'm worried about are civics, spanish, biology, and english. the Bio and English are EOC's (the rest are finals, which are teacher made, the EOC is a state test) in which in my state you have to get at least an 80% to pass the grade. to make things worse, every one of these tests are worth 25% of your WHOLE YEAR'S GRADE in that subject. so i really have to do good; like 95-100%! i've done good all year in these subjects, and i've maintained an A all year, i worked hard but i didn't think anything was excruciatingly impossible to learn, so obviously i'm capable of re-learning it. the problem is, stuffing every bit of every subject into my brain. sorry for the long story, but back to my real question!
is there a certain method to come across when studying? i know that there are supposed to be breaks, but how often? and for how long? and also, would you suggest studying one subject fully until i grasp it 100% and then move onto the next, or switch off? and would you recommend studying for th one nonstop JUST the night before, or study it all over the weekend and then just review the day before? and one final question...Obviously the final/eoc's will not be exactly like the study guide, but i do not want to go back and memorize 300 pages of notes per subject, so how can i know when i have all the info? im stressing out! (please try to answer each question when you answer this, because they are all very important! no 1-sentence answers!)
p.s., i took a biology practice EOC online and I got an 83%, without studying that much, so that's not too bad, because i'll do way better if i actually study hard. and i took a practice English (9) eoc and got a 79%, which is terrible because i have no idea how to even "study" for that, because it's mostly reading passages

How to study effectively for zoology?

Read the chapter review, and see how it organizes the information. Then read each section review and/or introduction to each section, however your textbook does it.

This will help you organize your notes. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS read the chapter review and section review before reading the chapter AND before attending class!!! That is a huge help for having clear and organized notes, and organized notes really help you remember.

For the practical, start grouping things together. You have flatworms and roundworms and flukes, and then cnidaria and jellyfish and such? Group 'em. Study them by section. First worms, subcategory nematodes, then segmented worms, then flatworms.... Then Molluska, with clams and then squids/octopus, etc. INSTEAD of memorizing all the features of flatworms, then all the features of roundworms, etc., memorize the features common to ALL the worms.

Then the specifics of each subgroup.

"All worms have X, Y, and Z. All worms lack A, B, and C. Nematodes feature Q, R, S, flatworms have L, M, N, and flukes have T." You only have to learn XYZABC a single time...rather than three times!

The best part of this? If you don't have time to study the last group of critters for the practical, you can still get a lot of the points simply by knowing which features do NOT exist in the other groups. "It has pneumatocysts? I don't remember pneumatocysts. I didn't study it must be Cnidaria."

So...check the book organization first and foremost. It's usually in UNITS (ie, all worms or other similar types), then CHAPTERS (specifics, like mollusca or platyhelminthes), then sections. Read Chapter Review and Section Reviews first.

Use that information to organize yourself to study critters by their related groups. All worms, all chordates, all mollusca, etc.

Learn characteristics of the big groups first...all the worms, for example. All the gastropods. THEN and only then learn the specifics for the phyla and other layers.


There IS a lot of memorization in Chemistry. It takes a whole lot longer to do things if you don't have some basic equations, terms, formulas, values, etc. stored up in the recesses of your mind.

You could always try those little memorization techniques, like making up... acronyms for certain sentences, though I, personally, hardly ever use those.
Here's a little secret that most teachers aren't aware of. Have you ever heard teachers tell you that, for every hour spent in class, you should study for 'x' hours at home, in the same place all the time?
That's dead wrong. When you're eating, and you've had your fill, your stomach lets you know that it doesn't want anymore, and your brain works the same way. Study in short bursts with small breaks in between to give your brain time to process the information, and study in different locations so you can use place memory. ("What's this... Oh, I remember reading about that when I was sitting in the doctor's office/airport/10-foot hole in the backyard!") Otherwise, you'll only be able to relate information to your desk/bedroom wall/wherever you study, and it will all be mixed together so it will be harder to remember specific facts.

Also, sleep is when the most memorization occurs in your sub-conscious. When you learn a load of new information, none of it is permanently etched into your memory until you've fallen asleep. One of the best things you can do is read your textbook, only half in-depth, and half skimming, and then go to sleep so your sub-conscious can process the information.

How do I study effectively in engineering?

I largely agree with the answers already posted, but as a former calculus tutor and engineering student myself, I would like to share my experience.  The "secret" that I discovered was that you have to UNDERSTAND the material to succeed in engineering.  Sadly, many topics in higher education allow students to slip by through  simple memorization of key words, phrases, or numbers, but engineering just doesn't work like that.  You can try to memorize some of the numbers to a heat transfer calculation, but I doubt that you would be asked to repeat those numbers back on a test.  Further, you can try memorizing the equations, but I again doubt that writing the memorized equation down will be enough to pass an engineering class.  You must gain an UNDERSTANDING of the material to pass, and that in and of itself can be challenging.By gaining an understanding, I mean that you have to be able to do three things with the material:1) Read through and understand a simple problem about the material2) Construct a cogent strategy to solve the posed problem3) Carry out the strategy in a clear way that others can understandTest yourself on the material to see if you can do these three steps in a timely manner.  Once you can, you have mastered the material.