There are many different study techniques that you can use when studying. Some techniques can also be used together because they fulfil different functions, but which of them should you actually use? In this post, we go through 7 different study techniques that you can start using today.
1.The Feynman Technique
The Feynman technique is an effective method for learning a new concept, but while the technique is effective, it is also a very simple strategy for acquiring knowledge faster and more deeply. The technique is based on the principle that you learn best when you explain or teach to someone else. This is because you often need to use simpler words when trying to teach someone else who is completely new to the subject, which also makes you understand the concept better yourself.
2.The Pomodoro Technique
Being able to maintain focus for a longer period can be very difficult. Because we are constantly met with new distractions that disturb us when we try to focus on a task. It could be a new message from a friend or that there is something else more enjoyable in our surroundings which causes us to lose focus on the task at hand. So what can be done?
A method that can make it easier to focus and also lead to you becoming more efficient is the Pomodoro technique. The method is based on you working intensively for a period and then taking a short break.
Timeboxing is a method for planning your time. The technique is based on allocating a fixed time span for each activity in advance, and then carrying out the activity within that time span. You therefore stop working on the task immediately when the time is up, and then evaluate whether you succeeded in reaching your planned goals or not.
Timeboxing involves the following steps:
1. Find the appropriate tasks that you need to do.
2. Define your goals.
3. Set a deadline.
4. Work and then evaluate your results.
5. The Eisenhower matrix
You have probably both used and heard of a todo list or a to-do list before. It’s a classic and also something we usually use when we study.
By using a todolist, you ensure that you won’t forget anything and you have a better idea of what needs to be done after everything is written down. By also prioritizing your tasks, you can easily set up a plan that also says in which order you should perform your tasks.
Spaced repetition or timed repetition is a study technique where you review the content you are trying to learn at increasing time intervals in order to more easily memorize something you are trying to learn.
Timed repetition is also a good way to maximize your time by being able to retain the same amount of information, but at the same time not having to study as many hours.
6.The Two-Step Method
The two-step method, true to its name, consists of two steps. The first step involves “imitating” and recreating, and the second step involves moving on to more difficult tasks.
Mind maps are not only good for brainstorming, but can also be a good way to get a good overview of a topic. We can use mind maps a lot in my exam study and they are a good way to find weak points that you need to study more on and get an overview of what you know about a subject at the moment.
A mind map could be described as a kind of framework and is a way to help you organize, visualize and summarize. Its purpose is also to give you a better way to store information on a page, by linking different concepts with each other. Many subjects can be studied, revised more easily and more meaningfully by using a mind map.
There you are! Do you already use one of those techniques or do you know any other that you find useful? Let us know in the comments below.