“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”Marilyn vos Savant
A small introduction: My name is Roxana (or herlibraryofspells) and I am 14, living a complicated life and always searching for something new to find out. I was so glad when Emily wanted me to write about some of my study methods and how to study by observing since school is starting.:)) And in this way I can view them if I am in a lack of motivation.
What means studying?
Studying means (by dictionary) to devote time and attention to gaining knowledge (of an academic subject), especially by means of books. But studying means much more than that. There are a lot of ways you can study and thay depend by person and by the way it is easier to them to gain information.
How to study easier at home (or at school)
1. keep your smartphone and other distractions away!
his is an obligatory rule. Smartphones (and other screens) reduce the number of neurons from your brain, so in this way you would gain less knowledge and it would be harder for you to concentrate. I have an app for motivation called Forest, but I use it as a studying tracker;
2. put on background music that motivates you
music helps you concentrate better and there is a genre for each one. For me is classical or neoclassical music. It calms me and it helps me to have a faster rhytm;
3. make your bed and wear comfortable clothing
(not pajamas!) – an undone bed calls you to do nothing, but watching Netflix or staying on your phone, and this is not called studying;
4. organise your notebooks
and if it keeps you motivated, use highlighters (the pastel ones are very nice) and try different fonts for titles, but you can also use only a pen(cil) on a paper to underline definitions and keywords (actually my science notebooks are the messiest, since I am too curious for the next information);
5. use 2-3 notebooks for each subject
(one for class, one for notes and one completed at home, with all of the information); I have at each subject 2 notebooks (class + notes), but at some I am more interested or I feel like I need to insist on it, I also have a third notebook;
6. read for the next lesson
in this way, you would understand the lessons better and the chances to learn how to stock more information in your brain would be bigger;
7. don’t study for a test in the last days!
remember, you don’t study for the test, nor for the teacher or for your parents, nor for a grade! You should study for yourself! And when a test is cancelled, don’t complain that you studied for nothing, because you aren’t nothing + you will forget much easier the information gained in this way;
8. don’t be afraid to ask your teacher when you didn’t understand something
people who admit they don’t know everything would more likely learn something new;
9. stop complaining about school
in this way you will just dislike it even more, and the chances to actually like school and acquire knowledge would be, clearly, lower;
10. don’t let anyone discourage you, nor studying less after receiving a high grade
what your classmates think about you does not matter! because it’s not the same way you think of yourself and their thoughts on you won’t help you at the exam;
11. don’t cheat at tests
a test is testing the information you acquired during a period of time, not testing you how well you can read your colleagues’ papers;
12. try to be as active as you can at every class
in this way, your teachers would see you interested, and you may earn their sympathy, growing your grades.
Now we have talked about the basic tips, and we may go to the next level:
How to find the best way to memorise
There are a lot of ways your memory works, using your senses. Below is a list on how you can test your vision and your hearing, to find the one you can work the best:
write a lesson on a paper as nice as you can and highlight the title, the key words and the definitions. Read it for a couple of times and then write on the back of the paper what you memorised;
listen to a lesson and concentrate as much as you can on the words. Make a scheme in your mind and write what you memorised on a paper.
Studying by observing
Every information you gain has a logic or a pattern. The challenge is to find it. I may or not help you with these following tips:
13. find the relation between the keyword, its meaning and the title;
14. observe the way your professor teaches, what kind of answers they prefer and the order of the lessons;
15. observe your daily mood and try to organise it and clean up your mind;
16. notice your teacher’s tone; the accentuated words may be the most important;
17. think twice before answering, but don’t be afraid that you are going to say something wrong;
18. if there is someone better than you at classes, observe their methods and compare them to yours, so you can find a better way to study and become officially in the top of the class;
19. don’t stick to what you know; you can learn some things from others as well, but select the logical information and make researches about them;
20. find the plan of a lesson and make mental schemes of a lesson to organise your mind;
21. everything has more meanings and multiple points of view;
22. the more you observe, the more you will think there is something you haven’t noticed;
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