Today we will give some tips to students, how to study smarter not harder :
A) Preparation: Get a study game plan
a) Specify the day you begin to prepare for your exams
b) Create a daily schedule of tasks you want to accomplish during exam preparation
c) Create a detailed to-do-list, (keep a close eye on what is really important)
d) Enumerate the books you need to read (better: just the important sections you really need to know for the test)
e) Itemize the various tasks and exercises you want to do for preparation
Depending on the difficulty of your exams and how many weeks and months you have for studying, you could also categorize the weeks/months for preparation into different phases :
I.Basic refreshment of knowledge.
II.Studying, revision and exercise.
III.Intensive cracking down – social life on hold.
B) Mindset: When you study, give 110%
When you went to school, you almost always had to study for long periods of time in order to memorize and understand given contents. The big mistake you made was to study hard and for long periods of time, but you was not always focused on what you did. You got distracted by your mobile phone, the internet, TV, radio, telephone, friends or any other amusement one can think of. Nowadays, when you study always give a 110%; reduce distractions to a minimum and give your very best to avoid procrastination. You may have a time limit of 1-2 hours, but you want to make use of that time as much as possible. Thereafter, you have even more leisure time.
C) The main part of “studying smart”: Don’t try to memorize, understand!
One of the major mistakes you made – when studying hard not smart – was to learn by heart, which is really time-intensive. Rote memorization is fine and dandy if an upcoming exam requires you to reproduce what you have learned word for word. But the higher you rise in the educational system, the less important will it be to memorize and reproduce, as your understanding and the ability to draw consequences will be tested instead.
In most cases, memorization corresponds to studying hard, not smart. Focus your attention on the understanding and comprehension of the knowledge that is taught.