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8 ways to study more effectively (scientifically proven!)

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Putting HOURS of study doesn't actually mean you're digesting the material. If you'd like to score some juicy grades by studying less hours (yes! less), you must start studying EFFECTIVELY.

1. Perform a resource reconnaissance

'Resource reconnaissance' is just a fancy term. It means that you must:

1# Sit down in a comfy chair, pen and paper in hand

2# Make a list of what you think will be in the exam (take a look at past papers to help you with that)

3 # Then, write down all the resources you have right now to help you learn the information (e.g practice exams, books and study groups)

2. Create a study plan

You have figured out what to study. Great! Now what? Make a study schedule. It should basically look like this:






2 hours- read

1 hour - MCQs



1 hour - MCQs

2 hours- read

1 hour - MCQs


2 hours-essays



And please. STICK TO THE PLAN!!!!

3. Keep a positive mindset.

Wait don't scroll! Were you about to skip this tip? Many would think of this as not important. But read this:

1# Think positively. Don't compare yourself to others.

2# Say positive things to yourself: ' I'm going to ACE that exam'

3# Stop negative thoughts, no you are not going to fail that quiz.

4. Find a quiet spot, no distractions allowed

Here's an exhaustive list of distractions


2# A friend chatting about the delicious noodles consumed the day before

3# The internet. It's everywhere!

So distance yourself from obvious distractions. Find a cosy and comfy spot, like a library or a coffee shop.

5. Study in intervals

Rather than studying 4 hours in one go, break it down into 30-minute sessions. Take a 10-minute break between each interval. Wait, what will you do during these TEN LONG MINUTES.

Here's what you should not do:

Check your phone. Yes, the latest Kim Kardashian post can wait.

Here's what you can do:

1# Walking

2# Stretching

3# Eat a fruit

6. Quiz yourself.

You can use flashcards, mock quizzes and practice exams to learn information. Test yourself.

7. Use as many senses as possible.

Wait. How can you do that?

Read your notes out loud as you rewrite them.

Still confused?

Read your notes (eyes) out loud (ears) as you rewrite them (touch).

8. Play a memory game.

Try using a song, acronym, or mnemonic device to help you remember information. For example, if you need to memorize the notes of the treble scale, EGBDF, you can assign the letters a set of words or phrases that is easy to remember, like:

"every good boy does fine."


I have personally used some of these tips and I was surprised how it paid out. It's incredible how some simple changes to your study habits can make a big difference!



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