50 Powerful Study Tips in Under 15 Minutes

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here are 50 powerful study tips that can be used  to level up your studying and i'm curious just  

before i start what's your best study tip let us  know in the comments and we can all learn from  

each other so i'm not going to waste any more time  let's get into it make your studying interesting  

bringing your head in a thick textbook maybe  the conventional way of studying but in order  

to keep it up long term your studying needs to be  interesting watch documentaries on your topic area  

watch youtube videos listen to podcasts on the  subject there are so many ways of studying than  

just reading textbooks use relationship diagrams  using diagrams that illustrate how pieces of  

information relate with other information is a  great way of being able to achieve a far deeper  

understanding of a subject or topic socialize  and party and yes this is important at university  

remember university is not all about studying in  grades socializing will help you grow a completely  

different set of skills than studying will but  at the same time it's important that you find  

the right balance so for long term performance  it's important that you're happy and you're not  

restricting yourself too much from socializing  because it can have a detrimental effect on your  

mental health try a brain dump write down all the  ideas thoughts and information and facts you have  

on a topic a braindom can also get your ideas  onto paper and make it easier to organize them  

and this is particularly helpful just before you  start writing an assignment team up with others  

another powerful study tip that i utilized a lot  at university get a couple of friends in a room  

and brainstorm ideas for the new assignment that  has just been said you'll often find other people  

come up with ideas that you would never have  thought of test yourself when you're preparing  

for an exam you should always be testing yourself  to check what you don't know so go through past  

papers or just ask yourself simple questions  but it's important to be completely honest with  

yourself when testing yourself put your phone on  silence and maybe the most obvious study tip on  

the list it doesn't really need explaining create  a productive routine as soon as you wake up in  

the morning your morning routine should make sure  you don't have time to procrastinate the same goes  

during the day and at night time also having a  productive daily routine is incredibly beneficial  

if you want to do well at university and it makes  your day flow so much smoother and actually i talk  

about creating an effective study routine in a  video i uploaded recently on seven daily habits  

of high performance students you can click on the  pop-out banner to watch it switch off social media  

instagram facebook tick tock they're all massive  ways to procrastinate and if you are struggling  

to find enough hours in the day to get all of your  studying done but you spend hours on social media  

then you know what to do start revision early  and when i mean early i mean months before an  

exam it's the easiest way to have a relatively  stress-free time at university i was never really  

worried about exams approaching because i started  revising for them well before anyone else and if  

you find yourself having to pull overnighters to  cramming last minute revision before an exam then  

you probably need to review your studying strategy  immerse yourself using immersion to consume new  

material can be an extremely effective way of  learning it involves whatever you're studying  

at university make sure everything you do involves  that subject so the books that you read the films  

that you watch the podcast that you listen to  they should all be about the subject that you're  

studying and this method is often used when you're  learning a new language it's very useful for that  

but it can also be useful for pretty much every  part of studying too zoom and check skim quickly  

through a chapter of a book that you need to  read your goal isn't to process and retain the  

information but to notice what you don't already  know if more than a few ideas are completely new  

to you then you should probably go back and spend  more time on that chapter change your study space  

you need somewhere that is comfortable but not too  comfortable so studying on your bed for example is  

probably not a very good idea if you're always  studying in the same place try changing your  

environment like studying at a coffee shop or  moving to another part of the house going to  

the library to study or even going outside to the  local park it can make your studying that bit more  

enjoyable join a study group and studying doesn't  always have to be an individual activity it can  

often be far more enjoyable and effective when  studying with a friend or in a small group you  

can share ideas explain the material to each other  quiz each other and ask questions about things you  

don't understand and this can all lead to learning  the material far more quickly than you might have  

on your own and you probably have more fun in the  process too if you do have a friend or group of  

friends to study with already consider sharing  this video with them to help them out too snack  

on brain food snacking as you work is a great  way to keep your studying enjoyable as well as  

keeping your energy levels up so you can study for  longer so fruits nuts or even dark chocolate for  

example can be great options try to choose snacks  which will power your brain and keep you focused  

so stay clear of foods that are high in sugar fats  and processed carbs use acronyms acronyms are a  

great way of efficiently remembering lists or  specific information that needs to be remembered  

in a certain order i used so many acronyms  when i was studying for my exams like pesos  

prepare explain show observe and supervise treat  university like it's your job because it is your  

job i went to the library at university six days a  week with no exceptions because once you graduate  

and you're working time you're not going to have  that option of skipping work just because you feel  

like it and this is good practice and it helps  build self-discipline too exercise daily john  

ratey professor at harvard university says the  exercise improves learning on three levels first  

it optimizes your mindset to improve alertness  attention and motivation second it prepares and  

encourages nerve cells to bind to one another  which is the cellular base for logging in new  

information and third it spurs the development of  new cells from the stem cells in the hippocampus  

in short not only does exercise help the brain  get ready to learn but it actually makes retaining  

information easier in short not only does exercise  actually help you sit down and study in the first  

place but when you are studying it actually makes  retaining information a lot easier use diagrams  

diagrams are really effective for sorting out  large pieces of information they can turn a set of  

boring notes into a creative and colorful diagram  where the information is far easier to learn  

and process and retain for the exam write out a  task list if you have a list of things that you  

know you need to do write them out the day before  and that way as soon as you wake up in the morning  

you know exactly what you need to do and you're  not going to forget to do them the most important  

tasks should always be done first make connections  think about what you're learning and don't just  

memorize each individual facts but sit back and  think about how they all fit together it will help  

you understand the material on a far deeper level  consider finding a tutor if you really are stuck  

in a root with your studying and you've tried  everything you can to get yourself out of it then  

i always suggest asking for help start off with  asking your friends and then your lecturers and if  

you still stuck consider finding a private tutor  to help you it could be just the boost you need to  

get you back on track study in chunks studies  have shown that we can only stay focused for  

around 25 minutes before our concentration starts  to fade so study in blocks of 20 minutes and take  

a five minute break after every block it will let  your mind absorb what you have just learned and it  

will allow you to stay focused for longer practice  meditation a 2012 study by canadian researchers  

showed that those that meditate can stay focused  for longer periods of time it can also help with  

keeping you calm before an exam or deadline that's  approaching use background noise i always have  

some kind of quiet music on when i'm studying  it helps me to focus and honestly i don't like  

complete silence the only time that i have  complete silence is when i'm filming a video  

like this and i know other people like listening  to nature sounds such as ocean waves or the rain  

just whatever you're listening to make sure it's  not your favorite pop song or you'll just end up  

singing along ask why have you ever met one of  those annoying kids that keeps asking why to  

everything you say well maybe it's time for you  to become that annoying kid because asking why  

significantly helps your understanding of a  topic find your most productive time in the day  

everyone has the time in the day where they have  the most energy and also times in the day where  

their energy levels drop so find when you're  at your most focused and when you have the most  

energy and try to schedule your most important  tasks at this time study every day even if it's  

just one hour studying every day will keep the  information fresh in your mind even if you have  

a day off studying one hour in the morning to  recap the most important pieces of information  

you need for an exam is a really effective use  of that one hour use past papers another study  

tip that i owe my grades to when i was studying  university i would gather as many past papers for  

the course as i could and practice the questions  on the paper i often found that certain questions  

kept coming up so i spent more time studying  those specific questions because there was a  

good chance that they would come up again and i  also went through past papers in exam conditions  

and marked them using the mark scheme it was a  good way of highlighting my weakest areas so i'd  

work on improving them swap topics regularly so  keeping your brain trained on the same information  

for long periods of time can be boring during a  long study session is often more effective to jump  

one from one subject to another to stop yourself  from getting bored study to learn not for the exam  

and too many students just study because they have  to for their exam but university is so much more  

than that the information you're learning and the  skills that you're picking up along the way will  

be fundamental to your success in the future watch  motivational videos and maybe i'm biased because  

this channel started off as a motivational channel  but motivation videos can really help give you  

that extra boost of motivation you need to open  your textbook and go and study so i used to watch  

one every morning one motivational video every  morning before i started studying and it would put  

me in the right frame of mind to start off my day  set goals a pretty obvious study tip and one of  

the most effective on this whole list your brain  likes to know where it's going and goals help to  

accomplish this these can be daily goals weekly  goals even yearly goals and my yearly goal at  

university was to achieve an overall 4.0 gpa and  i'd set smaller daily goals to achieve the yearly  

goals like studying for at least eight hours seven  days a week make sure you're actually studying  

it can be too easy to open a textbook and stare  at it blankly or skim through it but not actually  

process any of the information and if you find  you've stopped concentrating get up have a drink  

do some exercise go and eat and then go back to it  always be improving when was the last time you got  

a bad grading exam did you ask yourself why you  got that grade was it due to lack of preparation  

or did you have problems understanding that  subject whatever the reason you should always  

be working on improving your studying the  grades you're getting are a direct result of  

the studying you put into it your grades are your  responsibility not anyone else's so hold yourself  

accountable and start working towards improving  your weaknesses watch more youtube so youtube  

is an incredible way of learning about pretty  much anything you want to learn about just make  

sure that your time in youtube is spent wisely and  not binge watching cat videos stick post-it notes  

everywhere write down the most important things  that you need to memorize on post-it notes and  

stick them everywhere your bedroom your bathroom  your kitchen so wherever you are whatever you're  

doing brushing your teeth cooking going to bed you  can still be preparing for your exam eat a small  

meal before you study so when you eat a big meal  before you study often your body digesting the  

food can consume a lot of energy and make you feel  tired and lethargic so try eating a small healthy  

meal before you study to keep your energy levels  up get enough sleep and we all know this by now  

not getting enough sleep has been shown to impact  memory and decrease your ability to focus on your  

studying so make sure you're getting your seven  to nine hours of sleep at night it's as simple as  

prioritizing the time you go to bed at night and  if you can make sure you go to bed and wake up at  

the same time seven days a week drink more water  and studies have shown that a dehydrated brain  

can't focus as well as a hydrated brain you  should be aiming for at least eight glasses  

of water a day and even more if you're living in  a hot climate learn model answers if you're lucky  

enough to receive model exam answers from  your lecturer or you can find them online  

then make good use of them learn from the  model answers to see what examiners want  

and if you're lucky you might learn to write your  own model answers too go out and get fresh air if  

you're struggling to focus take a walk outside  change your focus get your blood flowing and get  

some fresh air i've often been struggling with a  math problem and i keep working on it and working  

on it and i can't seem to figure it out but then  i take a five minute break and i come back and i  

solve it almost immediately actively renew your  material so when you're reviewing your notes for  

an exam do an active review not a passive review  passive review is just rereading your notes so an  

active review on the other hand is where you read  your notes then you move them out of sight and  

see if you can recall what you just read it will  engage the brain more and help you memorize the  

material better it will also highlight where your  weaknesses are use color writing your notes with  

different colored pins diagrams charts and graphs  helps liven up your notes and makes them far more  

interesting to look at and to learn from reward  yourself studies have shown that giving yourself  

a reward for reaching milestones helps you enjoy  your effort more achieve the high grading exam  

then reward yourself for a day off or buying  something that you've wanted to buy for a  

long time attend lectures i put extra effort  into going to every single lecture the biggest  

reason was because sometimes the lecturer would  talk about topics that would be on the exam or  

give us pointers on how to get higher marks in  an assignment for example and it's these golden  

nuggets of information that made attending  lectures worthwhile try spaced repetition  

one of the most useful study techniques i used  while at university i would quickly memorize some  

information until i could just barely remember  it and then i would every three or four days  

go back to it to refresh my memory and it's  an extremely time efficient way of memorizing  

information and it's how i was able to memorize  vast amounts of information in a relatively short  

period of time teach it find a friend or family  member to teach what you've learned being able to  

explain a very complex concept in simple easy to  understand terminology shows that you understand  

what you're talking about and encourage them  to ask questions too any questions that you  

don't know the answer to may highlight areas  that you need to push up on practice as you go  

remember these sets of questions at the end of  each chapter with a textbook that you always skip  

over well they're there for a reason it's a good  idea to practice questions as you go along with  

your vision rather than leaving them all until  the end look after yourself when you're cramming  

for an exam it can be easy to forget about looking  after yourself but make sure you're getting enough  

sleep you're eating healthily you're exercising  and you're fitting in adequate social time too  

so there you have it 50 powerful study tips if  you have a friend that needs a bit of a push with  

their studying then show your care and help them  out by sending them this link to this video and  

if you are still struggling with procrastination  then i made a video last month how i can study for  

14 hours a day which basically goes through how  i was able to train myself to go from struggling  

to even concentrate for 30 minutes to being  able to study for 40 hours in a single day  

you can click on the video on the screen i think  you're gonna love it and i'll see you over there