How To Study More Effectively

Sabina Schulz, Staff Writer

The ability to study effectively is an essential skill for students. It’s important to understand what type of learning style you possess and how to use it to your advantage in order to be a more successful student. There are four types of learning styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and reading/writing.

According to the International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research, visual learners should use charts and graphs, flash cards, view slideshows, and watch videos on the topic they are studying. Auditory learners should work in quiet areas to avoid distractions, ask questions, avidly engage in class discussions, and recite information aloud. Kinesthetic learners should take physical notes, try to teach others, listen to music, chew gum and take frequent breaks. Lastly, reading/writing learners should take detailed notes, and reread notes and texts.

To be able to cope with all the information that has to be learned, it is necessary to understand your learning style to develop effective studying techniques. When it comes to large topics or huge workloads, it is easier to create a pattern of studying that involves doing small sections of work over a period of time, which is called “chunking.” Switching between topics has also shown to be very effective, as previously stated by the International Journal of Surgery.

Using a range of learning techniques will ensure effective study sessions and increase your scores. So experiment and find beneficial study methods that work best for you with regards to your learning style. Try to study in new locations, in groups, in chunks, and create colorful or visual diagrams. It’s also extremely important to know your examination dates and the amount of time you need to prepare. Get at least seven hours of sleep, exercise and maintain a healthy well balanced diet, especially before exams.

Finally, it’s vital to have a strong support network of friends or family that you can rely on during periods of stress and have the ability to help you when you need it.