When it comes to studying, if there is one person you want to take advice from it should be a cog psych student. So here I am, sharing some study tips that have been researched and proven to work. Work smarter, not harder.
- Dump your favorite study place and study everywhere!
Research has shown that people remember material better when they learn it in different locations instead of spending all of their study time in one place. The reason behind this is to prevent learning from being associated with one place. So when you go through the retrieval process in the exam room, you won’t pull blanks as often because you’re used to learning and retrieving in different places.
- Short on time? Test yourself instead of rereading
Rereading your material is a passive way of studying. Take control and play an active role in your studying by testing yourself. Rereading may be a good way to get the gist of what you are going to be studying, but it is a waste of time if it’s the only thing you do Testing yourself is faster because you can find out what you know quickly, and much more objective than rereading the chapter over and over again. Imagine that eye strain!
- Take a break from the cramming. Seriously.
Memory is much better when your study time is broken into many short sessions than one long session even when the total time is spent for both ways are the same. This is called the spacing effect. So take a break. Go for a walk. Your book will still be on the table when you come back. I promise.
- Have a good relationship with your mattress
Memory performance is enhanced if you sleep right after learning something. So it may be a good idea to use naps as a break between study sessions and to ditch that all-nighter. All-nighters are nothing to be proud of – they imply bad time management and nothing else.. Particularly not a cognitive psychology student.
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Organize your information: create your own cheat sheet, put tabs in your book, make your own notes. The point here is tobe active in your studying. That way, you’re not flipping back and forth between pagesin your book. The better you can structure what you study, the better it can be structured in your mind. This tip is particularly helpful for exams where a written response is required.
Good luck! You can thank me later.