With the rising competition and increasingly difficult curriculums in schools and universities, students probably need more and more help with studying to stay ahead and make learning a little easier. With the use of correct strategies and methods, a student of any level can hope to reach his full potential when it comes to academics.
Use these innovative tips to make learning a little easier:
1. Use Audio and Visual Aids
Using audio or visual imagery is a good technique to remember and retain what you have learnt longer than when you do rote learning. Use audio books or songs to make learning multiplication tables easier, for instance. Use diagrams, pictures and flowcharts for studying complex processes in biology or other subjects. Photographic memory is always a great tool for memory retention. Use flash cards with words or facts, and place them on your closet, on the cookie jar or on the fridge to learn and remember things more easily. This technique helps particularly when learning a new language, or trying to memorize dates or hard-to-remember facts or even words. Another good way is to have a ‘Word of the Day’ put up everyday to learn new words.
2. Use Mnemonics
Using memory strategies like mnemonics will help you remember what you have to study better. Using acronyms to remember chronologies, or long words, or a series of information is a good idea. Make up sentences to remember new words. Mnemonics can also be used to remember mathematical and chemical formulae, lists, facts, etc
3. Invent and Play Games
Make up mini-games to make studying less cumbersome and more enjoyable. Make up fun questionnaires, and combine them with Truth-and-Dare games to remember history and geography facts. Play scrabble or similar games to improve spellings. Involve your peer group in such games to make learning both a healthy competitive exercise.
4. Be a Part of a Study Group
Involve yourself in a study group. This group may include friends or strangers. Get together to discuss and exchange notes. Have discussions on different topics. Ask questions to solve doubts. You can even challenge each other or concepts that you study to encourage independent thinking.
5. Make Your Own Notes
Make proper and concise notes for yourself. Do not use other’s notes if possible. Use your own techniques to make notes to learn things faster and more easily. Everyone has a different style which may not someone else. Use abbreviations and highlight the important points. Go wild with your bright highlighter pen if you have to! Use diagrams and visuals to remember facts or figures.
6. Choose subjects wisely
Choose your subjects keeping in mind your interests and abilities rather than only which you think will help you get ahead of others. If you do what you like, things will automatically be easier and more rewarding.
7. Practical Learning
Rather than mugging up what you learn in school, go watch it live or if possible, practice it to get the feel of things and learn by experience. Things learnt practically are hard to forget. For instance, if you are being taught about germination of seeds, grow a small plant yourself. If you are being taught about how glass is made, go to a glass-making factory and watch the process for yourself.
Using these innovative techniques should help you learn faster and more effectively. Using these methods at any point of time-whether you are in school or college, should help you stay ahead and make your academic life a tad more interesting, and easy.