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We understand the challenges scholars face as pertains to their reading habit and believe me its normal. The article aims at improving your reading habit and will teach you secrets tips based on research on how you can study fast while still retaining most of what you have.
How To Study Fast and Effectively
You may be faced with an impromptu test or taken unawares by the forth coming exams which may be a few hours or days ahead. Well, how do we go about it ? The only solution is to study fast in order to cover up most of what we have learnt within the shortest possible time.
Not just studying fast, we mustn’t forget we also need to study effectively that we don’t forget those things we’ve gone through during our studies. Unfortunately combining these two processes together at such a time as that seems impossible for the majority of the scholars.
It isn’t impossible though. Just to follow some tiny little neglected steps and you’ll get a good grasp of what you’re speedily studying for.
Steps To Studying Fast and Effectively
These steps we’ll categorize into three; Before Studies, During Studies and After Studies.
Eating properly doesn’t really mean eating too much. You need to eat decently and by that I mean the amount that wouldn’t get you dizzy. You need food enough for your brain to withstand the exercise. The brain need a lot of energy to function. Research has it that the brain consumes energy at the rate which is ten times that consumed by any other part of the body.
Reading involves several brain functions, including visual and auditory processes, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, etc. It shows reading alone makes use of a larger percentage of the brain than many other activity.
Therefore in order to read effectively, you need energy giving food to keep your brain going.
Take a Little Nap
If you’re just waking up from sleep, there isn’t any need to follow this step. Before studying it is necessary to prepare your brains for the bulk work ahead. You can do this by taking a little nap or engaging yourself in a little exercise like walking to let blood flow properly through the brains.
While naps do not necessarily make up for inadequate or poor quality nighttime sleep, a short nap of 10-20 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance. It keeps you in a sound mind for studies. A study carried out at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness 100%.
You’ll need a short nap before your studies to improve your alertness hence enhancing your reading efficiency and speed.
Be Organised- Prepare a Schedule
You will need to be organised. Put all your reading materials together within the shortest possible time so yo don’t get tensed up while looking for something. Your mind needs to be relaxed to assimilate properly and fast whatever has been fed into it. Not being organised would leave you far from that.
Being organised includes drafting a time table on the courses you need to study, allocating time to them while giving intervals of 5-10 minutes after every 30 minutes.
It also entails making arrangements on the most suitable place for you to study i.e a quiet environment.
Read In A Quiet Environment
To study effectively, you’ll need to be in an environment devoid of distractions and noise. being in a noiseless place keeps your focus on the reading material maintained. It leaves the brain to assimilate most of the knowledge fed into it allowing it to view such information in any possible direction.
A study environment free from noise and distractions promotes proper understanding of the course at hand in the shortest possible time. Hence it enhances efficiency during studies
Take Short Breaks
Because the work at hand may seem too large to cover, scholars tend to study for about 2-3 hours in a go. It is in fact a bad study habit. Muddling up of ideas and confusion combined with a sudden decrease in understanding levels are usually associated with this unhealthy habit which could even cause brain damage.
In a bid to grasp all, scholars abiding by this tend to lose everything. Intervals of about 7 minutes should be taken after every 30 minutes of studies so as to cool the brain, allowing oxygen flow properly.
This method increases your understanding, concentration and focus. The time spent should never be seen as a waste since it allows for maintained understanding over a long period of studies.
Jot Down Important Points
Word, phrases, sentences, paragraphs you feel may be important should be noted in writing your. As human beings, we are prone forgetting a certain percentage of what we have studied or learned. Taking notes serves as a back up.
Ensure notes taken are done in your own understanding. These notes serve to trigger the memory into remembering what you previously studied in case there may be difficulty in recalling. A simple glimpse may be just enough.
Also ensure that these notes are short, sort of a summary of the sentence. It could be a word or phrase.
After you’ve carefully observed the rules before and during studies, don’t forget to go through your work. You can do that over and over again to ensure it sticks properly to your memory. Cognitive research indicates that perpetual studies over a particular context enhances it sedimentation in memory over a very long period of time.
This further improves your understanding in the course and thus efficiency in studies. Review doesn’t necessarily mean reread. You can do that in a jiffy by going through the notes you’ve made.
This is the last and most important step. sleep is keen to good memory. Ensure you get a good rest after studies. Doing this gives the brain time to relax and recollect all that has been done so far. It’s more like the time the brain uses to rearrange the various numerous information fed into it. It is therefore very necessary to have a very good rest after studies.
Except on extreme cases it isn’t advisable to let your study period eat into your rest or relaxation period. All these stages aim at boosting understanding in the long-run and improving reading speed and hence efficiency.