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By Sandi Bhutella

Studying is easy for some people and impossible for others. For those of us who are challenged in the ways of successful studying (yes, I am one of those challenged ones) there are several techniques and skills that can be developed to make studying more successful and easier.

The biggest thing you can do to make studying more successful is to make a habit of it. That means studying a little bit every day. That seems to be Patti’s approach, and it really seems to work. If you take a little time every day to review what you learned, the information becomes a little bit more familiar. Also, if you’re studying a little bit each day, it becomes such a habit it doesn’t seem like such a big deal when you have to study. Also the information will be more familiar to you so you can focus your energy on cramming the areas you find harder rather than wasting time learning everything – you can focus on one or two areas.

Be organized. Patti is freakishly organized and her marks show it. If you take a little time to organize your notes, go to every class and pay attention to your teacher, you’ll be surprised how easy it can be to be organized (or so I’m told). Organizing your notes will make the information feel a little bit more controlled and therefore less overwhelming.

Go to class. This is an obvious tip. Along with it should be said, pay attention in class.

Study in a controlled environment. Pick a place that is free of distractions and that allows for you to focus. If you love video games, do not study at an arcade, you’ll never crack a book. Everyone is different so pick a place that really works for you.

You can also use a variety of tips and tricks to help you with your memory recall. Association, the ability to think of one thing to remind you of another (ex. Using the word HOMES to help you remember the names of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior). Thinking in pictures can also help you remember information. Reducing brain waves – i.e.: relax and slow down the brain so you can concentrate and focus and ultimately absorb more information.

Studying isn’t easy but if you take the time and develop some techniques that work for you, you’re guaranteed to remember more and make studying less intimidating. Remember, cramming isn’t the best way to learn; information that is put in your head quickly is likely to leave your head quickly too.

Time to go study,


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