What are the most efficient ways to study for a test? According to an article promoted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), the simple reading and rereading of texts or notes does not generate an active involvement with the material, so you need to be aware of other methods if you want a good result.
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According to this report, rereading leads to rapid forgetting, and to learn information, active involvement in the material is necessary, that is, connecting with lectures, forming examples and regulating one’s own learning. With that in mind, ideas for active study include creating a study guide by topic, for example, as well as formulating questions and problems and writing complete responses.
Creating your own quiz can also help. Another tip is to say the information out loud in your own words, as if you were the teacher. Experts also recommend creating concept maps or diagrams that explain the material.
One of the learning strategies is to space the study into several short periods of time, which helps to store the information more deeply and retain much more in the long term. To do this, you need to keep track of your schedule and keep a to-do list.
The idea, then, is that instead of preparing for just one class, the person prepares for all classes in short periods, making it easier to focus and stay current on the content. Spacing studies also helps to avoid procrastination.
Studies show that multitasking doesn’t improve efficiency and actually negatively affects results. So, for studies to be efficient, it is necessary to eliminate distractions like social media, web browsing, games, etc. Scientists point out that multitasking increases the amount of time needed to study for a test.
Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill