Learning new material can be a difficult task if you are not prepared enough. On other days, you might feel it flowing much better into your head, and you might feel more positive and motivated. On such days, you probably feel as though you are at the peak of your productivity, but sadly these days don’t often last.
At times, you might trigger this by accidentally doing the right thing, like going to bed earlier than usual and getting a good amount of sleep, to name one benefit. Here are some habits which can ensure that positive feeling sticks around for longer and appears more frequently during your studies.
Notes vs underlining
We are all different learners. Some people prefer to underline the most important parts in a book, or highlight specific parts of the document. Others, however, prefer to write down notes, and even re-write them a couple of times after they have been polished. This helps them to remember.
From an objective viewpoint though, there is a clear victor among these two and it’s quality note-writing. Ironically the reason for it is subjective because underlining can sometimes result in unnecessary highlighting and taking things out of context. This can impact the ability to understand the matter at hand, but of course, that part often depends on the person.
Case studies and examples help retain knowledge
When learning something new, be sure to look up examples or case studies of it online. Books and scripts are often phrased according to specific guidelines and rules. For instance, a language has specific rules in place, but you’d much sooner remember an example of the Present Perfect tense, for example, than the raw definition of it without the example.
There are examples for the majority of knowledge out there, and only certain parts of certain sciences are left to theory. Physics, for instance, often deals with subjects which are assumed to occur in “the perfect environment,” which simply doesn’t exist. Thus, one can only speculate and can’t see real physical evidence.
Turn off your Wi-Fi and leave your phone aside. The last thing you need during the delicate process of learning is a Facebook notification to distract you. Is it a message? Is it a plane? No, it’s a distraction! So leave it be.
You can leave your mobile turned on so if there is something urgent going on, you’ll be open to calls, but social media and apps are not an urgency and can be put on hold for a few hours.
If you like listening to music, listen to instrumentals which aren’t as distracting. Some people can listen to music and not get engaged into singing or listening specifically to it, but others can’t. Great choices of background using are available online. Just search for coffee shop music or something similar and you’ll probably find more than a few live streams which could suit your studying needs.