Stop worrying about how you learn: visual versus auditory, or left versus right-brained. According to the New York Times, research has shown this is largely erroneous. If anything, it is more of a distraction to put emphasis on your learning style. Instead, focus on the study strategies that work. If you haven’t found ways that best suit you, keep trying different methods until you find one that works.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/health/views/07mind.html?pagewanted=1&ref=homepage&src=me&_r=1& (Click here for the full article.)
“The lead tutor, teacher, and students enjoyed using the program very much.”
-Daymi Pardo, TRIO Program Services Coordinator at Eastfield College SSS
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A tired mind is a slow mind. Staying up all night to cram last minute will only hurt you- the lack of sleep will make it more difficult to recall and organize information. Make sure to study in parts a few nights before an exam without taking away from precious hours of sleep. Its important to find balance; make enough time to take care of your health, socialize, and study.
The New York Times reports that formal evaluations affirms knowledge as well as enhances it. Consistent testing can help to relearn and recall information. Take practice tests, or create them using a study guide, notes or questions from your textbook. Collaborate with classmates; proctor and grade the tests for each other.
Collaborating with a few classmates is a great way to reduce your workload and make sure you understand the material. Study on your own beforehand; this way you can contribute and aren’t fully relying on others for all the answers. You may benefit from classmates with alternate perspectives or different studying techniques.
STUDY SMART: Alternate where you study
Conventional wisdom tells us to sit in the same place to form a positive habit and create consistency for studying. Recent studies have discovered this may do the exact opposite; the monotony of routine and the same environment makes it difficult for our minds to create new connections. To keep information fresh, change up where you study. Try a quiet cafe instead of the library.