Effective Studying Techniques

In this post i shall be talking about, or rather, typing about, some effective techniques to help you study. Whilst some of these things may appear as common sense to you, to others they may be enlightening – such as individuals like myself.

1. Create an appropriate study environment – you will need limited noise. Find a quiet place to study where you will not be bothered.

2. Get everything you need before you sit down to study, pens, pencils notebooks, laptop, prescribed books etc.

3. Develop a schedule, set aside specific time for studying. Set time for each module.

4. Develop a calm attitude. Be calm and patient with yourself. Anyway you can’t learn things straight away.

5. Take notes in any class that you have.

6. Start with the hardest module, when your brain is still fresh.

7. Avoid distractions make sure the TV and radio are off.

8. Take frequent breaks, go for a walk or be with family.

9. Develop effective memorization techniques, such as flash cards or mind map( you can use visiograms, expandable tree structure, or flow chart for mind maps they can be very useful).

10. Develop critical reading skills, learns to read key information.

11. Focus on the areas that require the most attention.

12. Improve test –taking strategies, learning how to prioritize material when studying, prepare for an exam over a number of days and not just the night before the exam, coping with stress during an exam so that you can be able to complete all sections.

13. Develop a study group, you can a lot from others and they can also learn from you.

14. Ask questions to yourself. So that you can know how much you know.

15. Make sure you get enough sleep staying up late studying is not a good idea lack of sleep prevents you from concentrating and reduces your ability to remember what you have learnt.

SAT exam Essay question advice

In the following post I will be giving some advice on the SAT exam essays questions: how to write them properly to get good marks; what exactly the examiners are looking for; and some general pieces of advice that are generally overlooked or are forgotten in the moment.

Plan and Proofread your paper. I am a teaching assistant for the psychology department of my university and from reading hundreds of essay exams, it makes a HUGE difference when your paper flows correctly and doesn’t have blatant typos.

As soon as you get the prompt make a basic outline detailing the argument/discussion that you are going to make. Included in this you should write the thesis of your paper or whatever argument you are taking. That way when you are half-way through your paper you can look at the thesis and make sure what you are writing still applies to this general idea.

Also, just proofread your paper! Make sure you have spelled everything correctly to you best knowledge. Nothing shows your stupidity or lack of attention to detail than a poorly spelled paragraph. This means that if you are trying to use one of your SAT words, but can’t spell it correctly, rethink your word choice. Smart words are dumb words when misspelled.

There is of course the basics such as use good grammar, punctuation, etc. but hopefully you know all that by now.

It’s perfectly acceptable to lie and try to pass it off as the truth. No one is going to be fact checking, and writing a kick ass story about some awesome adventure you, your best friend, and your dog never went on is infinity better than talking about that you moved away and you had to go to a new school and you overcame your fears or some bullshit like that.

Also don’t use big words just to use them. They’ll make you look like kind of a douche. If it makes sense to say it, say it. But don’t write a sentence just to drop in the word ‘technicality.’
Always, always have good examples to back up anything that you say. Plan to come up with at least 2 examples if you can’t come up with a single, really super awesome one that would blow socks off. Take a direct, clear stand in the first paragraph. You can’t pussy-foot around that stuff, they want to know what you think. It always helps to compare your stance with the opposite stance as well (if applicable) to show that you’re well-rounded and are “smart” enough to play devil’s advocate.

So, with all this being said: good luck for your SAT!