Oguz Kaan Kısa · April 20, 2021
While preparing for exams, taking breaks is as important as working. After about 40 minutes of training, it becomes difficult to focus and concentrate. For this reason, we recommend taking 5 to 10-minute breaks every 15 to 40 minutes. Well-planned breaks will help you clear your mind and focus.The same principle applies to your subject. Working on the same subject for more than 40 minutes reduces your working efficiency. Changing the subject every 20 to 40 minutes makes the study more enjoyable and helps increase motivation to study.
When working on exams, it is very important to set goals and keep working until you reach them. However, your goals should be those that you can reach reasonably and in a short time. It's easy to lose your concentration if you set long-term goals. On the other hand, short-term goals that you can complete in just a few minutes will not be efficient either. In short, every student needs to have realistic goals based on their abilities.
While some memorization techniques are somewhat unconventional, they can be very effective. As an example, we can give the memory palace technique used in the TV series "Sherlock". Thanks to this technique, Sherlock could encode information into certain symbols and store it in a palace in his memory, and he could remember the entire palace and everything in it whenever he wanted.
In this technique, also known as the Loci method and the palace of mind, you imagine a house or palace and associate each of the information you study with a room. In other memorization techniques, the information you are trying to memorize is songs, rhyming rhymes, etc. you say or associate this information with images and sensations. While these are unconventional techniques, you should try them all and choose the one that works best for you.
Asking yourself questions about the topics you are studying helps you remember what you have learned and control your knowledge. Therefore, self-testing is a very useful way to review what you've learned and reinforce your knowledge by ticking off everything you need to focus more on. Next, there are the benefits of working in groups.
There are several reasons why working with others is more efficient. You can't always work in groups, but getting together every now and then will help you see your shortcomings. Working in groups allows you to learn from other students' comments on the topic and see your strengths and weaknesses.
Also, there may be a little competition environment that can help you become more motivated. On top of that, anyone a little behind can benefit from the knowledge of the more advanced students in the group. However, advanced students should not stop challenging themselves and not regress to a stationary point after the rise.
Where should you work? Most people prefer to work at home even though it is distracting and noisy. However, an ideal work environment is free of distractions and quiet. Many students choose to go to the library because the noise is distracting. Although working interruptions can be dangerous and distracting, in the rest of our article we will talk about how necessary it is to take a break when necessary to study more efficiently.
One of the most important factors to study more efficiently is to find a good study environment. While it is not possible to control everything in your environment, for the ideal working environment, the background noise should be minimal, it should be bright, plus a comfortable chair and a clutter-free desk.
Listening is a skill. And this skill can be used much more effectively with some principles and methods. Approximately 90% of human communication is done verbally. Only half of this communication can be remembered after a short time. When more time passes, we hardly remember 20-25% of them. For all these reasons, it becomes even more important to learn and apply effective listening principles and methods. Effective listening is not only to hear what is being said, but also to find, grasp and evaluate what is said important. Also active listening is an active process.
Reading is the most basic way to learn. Speed reading is important and necessary in learning. With speed reading, readings are better understood and time is saved. The reading speed is about 200 - 250 words for high school students. This speed should be adjusted according to the nature of the text read and the purpose of the reading. Reading a story or a novel to pass the time can be very fast. But if reading is done to make comments and criticize to summarize, the speed of reading should be slow.The most important way to read quickly is to read silently. Silent reading increases speed and makes it easier to understand. Lots of reading studies should be done in order to gain fast and meaningful reading skills. First, you should start with things like newspapers, stories and novels, and gradually gain the habit of reading free time.
What has been learned can be forgotten over time. There are two ways to prevent forgetting. One of them is to use the information learned when appropriate, and the other is to repeat it intermittently. Students will use what they have learned as they go, they will see that they work, and they will be motivated to acquire new information. Thanks to the intermittent repetitions, they will be ready for exams at all times while remembering what they learned before.
There is always attention in human beings, the important thing is that it can be gathered on the subject being studied. A topic that is loved and of interest helps to keep the attention awake. Always work in certain places, work in environments where there is no noise, sit on a chair, do not have anything other than the necessary tools on the table, keep the workplace at 18-20 degrees, put things in order, make a decision to race with yourself to finish the works, work with some kind of job each time. are methods to prevent distraction.