Sunday, March 29, 2009

How to Use Your Whole Brain While Studying

1. By the time someone reaches adulthood they mostly only use the left side of their brain while studying, that's the mathematical side - where you think in black and white. Kids use the whole thing, probably why they do better in their minor tests! Use both sides, its the only true reliable way.
2. Clear your desk - if you think you can do just as well with a messy desk as you can with a neat orderly one. Have a folder for each subject and make your bed - all three oddly make you remember more.
3. Relax.
4. Start studying as soon as you can after school. The minute you come in the door, slam your bag on the ground, run upstairs, take a shower (if you need it), and start studying straight after.
5. Listen in class. Believe it or not, those who do well in any subject listen in class, even if they don't appear to be.
6. Pick out the important words in bold and look them up on the net or get it from the textbook and write your own definition for them - this helps greatly.
7. Paraphrase. By paraphrasing you can make the information easier to handle, making it better to remember what you've learned.
8. For your homework, use the resources available to you - the main ones being the text book and class notes. More or less rewrite it in your own words. Sounds kind of "duh!" but you'd be surprised by the amount of people who do badly because they don't read the book.
9. Get cheat notes and read them. This will make you seem and feel more clever when you're reading the textbook.
10. Take an interest in the subject, but don't be too focused on being interested. Let yourself say "Oh my God, really?" every once in a while, even if you feel like an idiot. Then make a note of what you did not know and say "Wow, that's amazing."
11. Have the ability to relax with your textbooks. The tests aren't the end of the world so take a deep breath and relax.
12. Spend approximately 3 deep hours a day studying.