Taken from Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, daughter of the Tiger Mother
1. Choose classes that interest you. That way studying doesn’t feel like slave labor. If you don’t want to learn, then I can’t help you.
2. Make some friends. See steps 12, 13, 23, 24.
Studying for 30-50 minutes at a time (with 10 minute breaks in between) is the most effective way to retain information.
Studies suggest that when you study a little bit at a time each day, you’re more likely to remember what you learn. The study compares people’s ability to remember a list of words they learn on a test day where the participants either studied a list of words all on the same day or if they spread out the studying throughout different time interval. The study finds that spreading out your studies throughout different times helps you recall more information. This might be, because more fewer burden is placed on the brain (learning too much information on the same day) and that more time is given for the brain to process information.
I feel that studying every day would be the most effective. You don’t have to take the breaks like what the study says. Just make sure not to procrastinate if you can.
5 Ways to Cope With School Stress
Facing Stress is very common in school especially near exam time or due dates of assignments. Learning ways to cope with stress can minimize the negative impact stress has on your mental health leading to maximize academic performance. Here are 5 ways that I come up while in school that I think might be helpful to new college students.
1. Have a support network - They are the academic resource center, the professors or teaching assistance, your friends, your family or school counselors. By having a reliable network of support, you allow yourself to reach out to people who can help you. Furthermore, it makes you feel less isolated and helpless knowing that there is something you can do about your problems. So for instance, if you fail an exam and you don’t know how to ace the next one, you can talk to your teaching assistance or professors for studying advice. You can tell them how you have been studying, go over your exams, and they can help determine where improvements are needed.
Studying Tips: When and Where to Study for a Mental Boost
1. Study in different places.
Studies show that studying in different places helps us remember better because our brain becomes more active in trying to make connections. In one classic study, participants were asked to study a list of 40 vocabularies in two different rooms - one windowless and cluttered, the other modern with a courtyard. The participants who studied in the courtyard did far better.
2. Alternate between different types of homework/assignment questions.
Studies suggest that switching between types of questions can enhance test scores. The studies had children in either two conditions: 1) children who would repeat doing the same set of questions before moving on to the next set. For example, first do additions. When done, then move to multiplications. 2) children in this condition would alternate between multiplications and additions. The children who had studied mixed set did two times better on a actual test.
3. Space Out Your Studies
Studies found that spacing out our study periods significantly improves memory. For example, studying 1 hour each night as opposed to a full-cramping session produces better results on tests.