Your brain is most open to learning when in class because of the perfect mindset. Much like any type of group activity, you are more keen on doing it if there are more people who are doing it with you. Studying is no different, and this is one of the main reasons why studying together is actually more effective, even at times when you don’t even communicate with the other person.
If you have started reading this article by your own will, then it is very possible you are not a teenager, and if you are, you are a very mature one because kids in high school often don’t see the bigger picture and the benefit of learning.
When learning, do your best to eliminate distractions. This can even be automatic. We sometimes drift off and don’t pay attention, but the point is to do all you can to get back in. Focus on the teacher, visualize what they are speaking and ignore any distractions around you. This means no texting, no doodling in your notebook and no talking.
Write quality notes
This can’t be stressed enough: writing down notes is the key to obtaining knowledge in any environment resembling a classroom. Be sure to write down the most important bits, but don’t overdo it. Often, people tend to write down exact words the teacher is saying and try to write as much as possible. Use short words to capture the essence of the subject and spend as little time possible writing down each individual note, lest you miss out on a big chunk of the lesson.
Once the notes have been collected in a very disorderly fashion, take your time after the lesson, either immediately or when you have spare time, to re-write the notes in a solid order so they can be used later on. If you ignore the notes for too long, you won’t be able to decypher them. It happened to all of us and we all were at that point where we had to lend a notebook from someone else.
Group learning is highly effective
Not only is it effective because of the aforementioned motivation it brings to studying, it is also a great environment for you to bounce ideas and thoughts off other people. You can also include quizzes, questions, checks etc. with the group.
This is particularly effective in complex subjects when you tend to get lost and require explanation which needs to be provided in person for easier understanding. Another bonus is for the studies which are opinion-based and where there is room for debate. If you discuss a subject with someone, your mastery of it improves as you are exposed to a different point of view which could help you understand easier.
Keep a solid timetable
Writing down notes and discussing the subject in a class is highly effective, but to assure the matter is retained, you naturally need to solidify that knowledge after the lesson is over.
Set up a quality time schedule of studying and resting so you can manage and absorb information easier. Information review is very important in solidifying your knowledge, but it needs to be done gradually. Be sure you don’t attempt to learn multiple lessons at once because that would be pretty pointless. Your brain can’t handle that much information at once and you’ll just be wasting time and effort.
As with anything in life, planning is the key component of successful learning. If you ignore all the post-class activities required, the matter you’ve studied in class will very likely evaporate from your memory.