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March 19, 2020

Study Hacks for the Savvy Student

Every student values their free time, or time for enjoyment. But time has to be split between time for play and time for work and learning. In that sense, how then can a student maximize their time to learn and educate themselves well, yet have sufficient time to spend on hobbies and other activities they love? Check out some study hacks below!

1. Creating and adhering to a study schedule

Time waits for no one. As such, it is important that students make good use of their time in order to better their learning by ensuring that there are a stipulated amount of hours dedicated to their education daily. This varies on each individual, and is also dependent on how well-versed they are in each subject. Naturally, this study schedule does not include the class time required, but is instead the time organized after class hours. A recommended two hours daily to review each hour in class is recommended. However, this is also up to the student’s personal discretion to ensure that they maximize their time to be spent in a balanced manner!

2. Regular exercise

This might seem unrelated to studying and education, however, research in various fields of healthcare, fitness and psychology have shown that regular exercise both directly and indirectly impacts our cognitive functions. In a direct manner, exercise reduces insulin resistance, inflammation and allows for the production of brain chemicals that keep brain cells healthy. Indirectly, exercise also helps to improve an individual’s mood and sleep, reducing stress and anxiety levels alike, allowing for less cognitive impairment. Research has also shown that the areas of the brain that control thinking and memory are used in greater volume in individuals who exercise when compared to those who do not. With exercise, more oxygen and nutrients are also pumped towards the brain, allowing students to be more attentive and receptive to receiving new information when learning. 

With the benefits of exercise in learning, students can also kill two birds with one stone by engaging and honing skills in a sport that they enjoy as a hobby. That way, they allow for stress relief and can partake in a hobby at the same time!

3. Active Recall

Sometimes in learning, there are no shortcuts. Route learning involves memorizing material in textbooks when studying. However, while this may not prove the most effective way to study, there is definitely memorization involved when it comes to studying. While most students tend to read their textbooks over and over again in hopes that all the information they are required to be well-versed in sticks, active recall is a process in which the memory is stimulated constantly. This process involves the student recalling what they have learnt without referring to the material that they use to learn. The repetition and rigor recalling information builds up long-term memory that would prove useful to students in the long run.

4. Try not to multi-task

At a young age, many students may think that multi-tasking is the more efficient way of getting things done. However, much research in the field has proven this otherwise, and instead of getting more productivity in a stipulated amount of time, there is actually less. For example, students should switch off all distractions when they are studying – try to eliminate checking text messages, browsing the web or scrolling through social media feeds. With no distractions, learning material becomes much faster since there is better concentration. Having a fully engaged mind allows a student to grasp topical concepts better and allows them to better retain what they learn. Of course, at the end of each study session, students can also reward themselves by having a study break!

5. Study Breaks

Study breaks are important. It is recommended that students concentrate on their learning for 30 minutes, before take a ten minute break to recharge. Using short study sessions are proven to be more effective and allow for more productivity during the time spent studying. 

YMCA Learning Centre hopes that these tips will be helpful in making learning a more enjoyable process! We do also offer more help in the form of primary tuition and secondary tuition if your child requires. Feel free to contact us!

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