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Work Smarter: Study Tips for Brock University Students

Work Smarter: Study Tips for Brock University StudentsThis fall, get ahead of the studying game. Even if last year was stellar for you, who doesn’t want to boost their GPA by an extra point? Brock University encourages their students to challenge themselves to learn more every day and every year. You can start with these study tips guaranteed to cut down on study time, while also raising your exam scores– double kill!

Start With Your Notes

Yes, your hand will hate you, but pen-and-paper notes are proven to help you encode your notes in your memory (before you even start studying). Plus, opening your laptop provides a possibility for distractions, such as Facebook.

When you take notes, write what the professor says out loud. Don’t copy word-for-word what’s on the PowerPoint slide. Better yet, write what the professor says in your own words. This ensures that you actually understand the material; have you ever read your notes after class and thought to yourself, “I have no idea what that means”?

Study Guide Like a Pro

Don’t just cover your notes in highlighter and then read through them a thousand times. Doing something active with the material will help you learn it twice as fast.

You can use your computer for this: write a question for every point in your notes. For example, your notes say “mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell”. On a separate page, write something like, “What function does the mitochondria perform for the cell?” You’re basically making a practice test for yourself.

Then, close the notebook. Go through every question and try to answer it to yourself without looking at the notes. You’re ready for the test when you can answer every question without opening the notebook.

Bonus: when you go through your questions, either say the answer out loud, write the answer down, or (for best results) explain the answer to someone else. This ensures that you understand the material and can repeat it coherently on an exam.

Make it Personal

Create real-world examples of important points in your notes, or even draw a picture. This is a terrific way to encode the material, and it ensures you can remember it next time.

For example, you could draw a picture of a mitochondria running on a  hamster wheel generating power for the other cellular organs, to remember that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. The human brain is visual-oriented, so you’ll find it easier to remember a picture than words written on paper.

Or, if you’re trying to remember the concept of “withdrawal” for a psychology exam, you could write that you always get headaches when you don’t have coffee in the morning. This is the idea of using a real-world example. It’s one of the most effective ways to store a fact into long-term memory, because the brain is self-oriented, meaning it remembers things that relate to you most easily.

Remember these three simple steps and your grades will thank you. If you’re looking for a modern housing arrangement for Brock University students, including a huge living/studying space, contact Student Lofts.ca.

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