Study isn't just for the night before an assignment's due or the night before an exam.
It's never too early - or too late - to develop good study habits. The sooner you get into a good study groove, the easier everything will be and the more your chances of getting good marks will improve.
Exercise1. Tenéis 1min para memorizar la norma fonética de los vbs regulares ED:
[t] los vbos acabados en s sh ch p k ts z
[d] los acabados en: b, v, l, r, z, m, g, n, dz
[id] los terminados en: t, d
Intentad leer los siguientes verbos y anotad su fonética:
mouth, kiss, love, call, wait, clear, play, watch, edit, include, laugh.
Volvedlo a hacer mañana y comparad los resultados.
Si queréis, podéis compararlo con nuestra técnica nmotécnica, al final de esta pantalla.
1. Pick a place and time
Everyone has their own idea about the best place and time to study. Whether it's your bedroom at night or the library after school, find study spaces and a regular study time that works for you and stick with it.
· Set up your study space - Your study space should be quiet, comfortable and distraction-free. It should make you feel inspired. Decorate it with your favourite pictures or objects. If you want to listen to adagio music, it will work wonders!! Cows give more milk and plants grow faster when listening to it.
It hIt can bear fruit to study in different contexts. In my personal case, a church or catedral deserted and cool in summer, you can´t bear it!!
Find your best time -
Some people work better in the morning. Others work better at night. Work out which time suits you and plan to study then. Don't study much later than your usual bedtime - pushing yourself late at night can make you too tired to study properly. If you study just before going to bed, you will dream with it.
Did you know that the best natural alarm clock is to wake up your body and mind with gentle moderate physical exercise like yoga or elliptical cycling? No doubt, it will liberate endorphines, in charge of making you feel happy and energetic.
2. Study every day
If you study a little bit every day you'll be continually reviewing things in your mind. This helps you understand things. It also helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming.
If you're finding it hard to find time to study, cut back on some (but not all!) of your other activities. Prioritising study might mean spending less time online, or it might mean cutting back
on shifts at work, or giving weekend sport a miss for a while. Learn how to make the most of every single thing at a time. When the weather is fine, try to socialize more. If it is raining cats
and dogs, try reading your lessons in advance.
3. Plan your time
· Set alarms- Set alarms to remind you about your study plans. A regular reminder keeps you honest and your plans on track.
· Use a wall planner- Stick a calendar or wall planner up so you can see it whenever you're studying. Mark it up with important dates, like exams and assignment due dates. Use it to block out your regular study timetable too.
· Make to-do lists- Lists break tasks down into manageable chunks. At the start of the week, make a list of the things that you need to have done by the end of the week. Make a to-do list at the start of each study session too, so that you're clear about what you need to be doing with your time. And always set priorities, learn how to be a little of a procrastinator and a bit of a precrastinator as well. Behaving well-balanced should become your second nature.
· Set time limits- Before you start your study session, have a look at your to-do list and give yourself a set time to spend on each task. If you don't get something done in the set time, consider whether it's the best use of your time to keep going with it, or to start working on something else.
4. Discover your learning style
Most of us have a preferred way of learning. Get to know your learning style and study in the ways you learn best.
· Auditory learners learn by listening. If you’re an auditory learner you could try reading your notes aloud and discussing them with other people. You might like to record key points and play them back. So easy-peasy to do nowadays with our mobiles!! Just imagine yourself studying while doing the grocery shopping: so ingenious!!
· Visual learners learn by seeing. If you’re a visual learner you could use colours in your notes and draw diagrams to help represent key points. You could try to remember some ideas as images, gathering some elements and taking a picture of them all.
· Tactile/kinesthetic learners learn by doing. If you’re a tactile/kinesthetic learner you could use methods like role-playing or building models to revise key points. Not always sitting down but maybe you prefer to learn on the move.
5. Review and revise
At least once a week you should go back over the things you've studied in class. Thinking things over can help you to understand the concepts and help you remember when you need them the most. It is psychologically believed that what really counts is not only studying for an exam but remembering its contents in the long term. Just a personal anecdote: I still remember the meaning of words in English that I have not seen anywhere for around 15 years, whereas I can´t remember the name of the current European politicians whose names are bombarded day in day out on TV. How can it be? Do bears shit in the woods?
· Quiz yourself - Get a friend or family member to quiz you on key concepts. Offer to help your friends with their work too. Quizzes are great ways to get confident about what you know and find out what you still need to learn. The best way to learn is teaching sb else.
· Make your own study materials - Think up some practice exam questions or create your own flash cards to help you study. This way you learn it all twice: once when you make the study materials and once when you use them to revise. Medicine students are recommended to prepare as many flash cards as possible and play with them in canteens!!
6. Take ergonomic breaks
It's important to take breaks while you're studying, especially if you're feeling tired or frustrated. Working too long on a task can actually decrease your performance, make you make mistakes and even get irritated with yourself and with the others around you. Far from it, every 25 or 30 minutes, take advantage of stretching out your legs, moving your facial muscles, and giving both your eyes the opportunity to relax by looking at a faraway things. Did you know that more than 80% of people who miss work is due to not paying attention to ergonomy when being in front of a PC screen. Let´s prevent it from this very second!!
When you take a break, make sure you get away from your desk or study space. A bit of physical activity - even just a walk around the block - can sometimes help you to look at a problem in a different and new way and could even help you to solve it. That´s is what psychologists call Vu-Ja-De (the opposite of Dejavu)!!
7. Ask for help
If you're stuck on something, or something just doesn't seem to make sense, you can always ask for help. Talk to your teachers or lecturers about the things you don't understand. Talk to your friends and fellow students too. Surf the Internet on the hunt for valuable clues to keep on working and never ever give up hope. Go for a stroll and let psychological mechanisms work on you. Always compare actively different data sources and use creative and critical thinking .
8. Stay self-motivated
When you're studying it helps to keep in mind your reasons for doing all this hard work, like a course or career you're working towards. It can help to have something in your study space to remind you of your goals.
Customize and personalize your study places. You could also decorate your study space with inspirational quotes or photos of people you admire and family members you want to make proud of you.
Believe me, intrinsic motivation really plays a pivotal factor. It is you starring in the film of your own success.
9. App it up
There are heaps of apps out there for helping students with all aspects of study. Have a chat with your friends and teachers/lecturers to see which apps they recommend. There is an ocean of information out there. Don´t let it make you beat around the bush but get to the point!! If you need English but are scared of phrasal verbs, download "Phrasalstein by Cambridge APP". You won´t be able to help playing it.
You’ll study better if you take care of yourself. Make sure you eat well and get enough sleep and physical exercise. Don't reward yourself with any sugary or fatty snacks or push yourself to study late into the night. Forget about energetic soft drinks that will make you pay the highest toll in the long run It’s also a good idea to make sure you drink enough water when you’re studying. Avoid alcoholic drinks and heavy meals. Your brain will really appreciate it! Even some nuts such as peanuts are believed to boost your mental energy. So eat them some days in advance just before your last lap.
Now come up with your own strategies !!
These tips are only some of the things you can do to get the most out of your studying. You might already have other things that work better for you. Find out what your friends do when they're studying. Maybe your teachers have some good recommendations too.
Whatever strategy you come up with, when you find something that works for you, put it into practise and go for it! Who knows, maybe you will become a famous self-help book writer for other students in need of support!!
It´s up to you to put these Handy and magical top tips into practice. This is just a bunch of clues for an active student. Many more smart ideas are already waiting for you at Dávalo´s Academy, your favourite and updated academy in Guadalajara.
We welcome them all!!
Don´t stop jotting them down for you and us. Text us by mail. We really look forward to reading them. This has only been the tip of the iceberg. There is a vast ocean of things to practice by trial and error on your own, or ir you prefer it, we´ll be glad to serve you.
Solución al Exercise1. Si ahora me estudio un minuto la regla nmotécnica davaliense (de Academia Davalos), es más probable recordarlo a largo plazo (y no olvidarlo durante o después del examen):
[id] t, d
[t] p k s f z ch T
[d] EL RESTO de casos
Con nuestro truco, ordenada la información con sentido lógico y emocionalmente divertido y no alfabético, puedo construir la frase:
"PaKo eS Fan y Zorro de la Champion TOTAL. He neeDs and wanTs it"