One of the reasons I have been a little absent is that I am starting my course finals soon. I have tried a million study techniques and read other million study tips posts and not many have been helpful. These are some of the tips that have actually worked the best for me, I know everyone has a different way of learning, but I hope these can make it a little easier.
DO NOT HIGHLIGHT YOUR BOOKS » This is important. Highlighting books leads to passive reading: you don’t pay attention to anything else but the highlighted paragraphs. At first you pay attention but as you get tired you stop doing it and you can miss some really important information.
Underline instead » Instead of highlighting, underline with a pencil. You will avoid passive reading, as your brain won’t be focusing on the crazy colors, and you can still notice when something is important and you must pay extra attention to it.
Never memorize » Some say you need to read everything ten times, say it out loud ten times and write it two, I say don’t be a parrot repeating your book word by word, instead, focus on comprehending, that way you won’t forget it, and if you do, a quick read can make it come back (you won’t have to memorize it again).
Read before your classes » When you go to a class and you are familiar with the topic, you will take better notes by not copying what the book already says, you will know what is the most important and mostly, by complementing things you already know.
Don’t write everything down » I used to be a crazy about writing everything from my book, but I couldn’t remember most of the things I wrote. I recommend only writing down the things that are hard to remember or what you didn’t know and is relevant for the topic. For instance, if your topic is the sky, don’t write that it’s blue and has clouds, you already know that and will only be wasting ink and energy.
I will also be writing exclusively about note taking and how to make it effective in the near future. I hope this can help some of you, guys, and I’m really sorry for not being able to reply to comments as fast as I used to, but I have very little time lately. See you soon in my next post!