How to Study to Remember and Understand

if you study to remember you will forget but if you study to understand you will remember
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Studying for an exam? Does it seem like the information is going in and then coming straight back out? Well, the tips on this page are going to give you a nice nudge in the right direction. Here I am going to talk about studying, in particular a few tips which should hopefully make the process a touch easier for you.Studies have shown that the best time to study is when you are just about to head to bed. Just a couple of minutes of reading. Nothing too strenuous. You see; it is when you sleep that your body will start to store all of those memories that you have picked up throughout the day. This means that the last thing you think about before you head to bed, which will most likely be your studying, will be stored in your brain much easier.

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You should also try and break your studying down into small chunks. There are people out there who seem to think that the best possible thing to do is to try and cram tons and tons of work into the space of just a few hours. This won’t work. Work for forty five minutes, and then rest for 15. You will find that it is easier for you to remember information if you do that!

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Try not to focus on one subject during your study sessions either. This will lead to you quickly becoming bored. If you get bored, you will struggle to remember everything. Jump about your modules. Do not focus on one thing too heavily. Again, this is going to help you to recall a lot more information in the future.

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Try and grab some practise exam papers too! Remember, the whole idea of studying is so that you are able to pass examinations. What better way to pass an examination then actually reading through questions? The questions will obviously not be the same, but you will get at least an example about the types of questions that may appear on the exam, and you will even get a ton of information about the best way to approach each question. Those that get the highest grades on examinations tend to be those who work closely with a plethora of practice and past exam papers.

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Some people may benefit from reading the information that they are studying out loud (obviously not whilst you are in a library!). The theory is that you will be taking in information in two different ways. You will retain through sound and through reading.

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Study groups are also ideal. You can all work together to really study the information. You will constantly be trying to outdo your peers (competition is always good), and all of you can sit in that room and test each other and provide help wherever it is needed!

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Some studies have suggested working out for thirty minutes before you start a study session. Science has shown that working out for this length of time, or even longer, can boost the speed at which your brain processes information.
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