Study Less, Retain More – Best Tips To Understand Better
There is a term in psychology known as ‘eidetic memory’. It refers to the ability of recalling images, memories, or anything with an unusual level of vividness after only a few moments of exposure. However, the ability is very, very rare! So, unless you have that kind of ability, the best option left is finding out some natural ways of remembering better.
Improving your grasping abilities to remember topics, without having to study for hours is possible!
In comparison to your current ability to remember and understand, you can improve 10X if you adopt the following steps.
Step 1: Divide your subjects into 3 sections – Easy, Average, Hard
Sit down with a pen and paper. Make a list of all the subjects included in your syllabus. Next, create three categories – Easy, Average, and Hard. And find out which subject fits which suitable category.
For instance – Maths, and Science can go under Hard
Geography and Computer can go under Average
Literature and Grammar can go under Easy
That was only an example to help you understand the process. You can sort subjects based on your own personal preferences and level-of-difficulty.
Step 2: Assign dedicated time slots to each subject
Use your study time effectively, by assigning dedicated time slots to a few subjects everyday. Here is how you can do it:
Make sure you are spending at least 2 hours everyday, i.e. 10 hours in a week.
- Set a fixed time slot for studying. Eg. 6 pm to 8 pm.
- Identify 2 subjects for each day, 1 hour for each subject.
- Combination of subjects can be Hard-Easy, Hard-Average, Average-Easy, Average-Average, Easy-Easy.
- Make sure you are covering all the subjects within the week.
Step 3: Start studying smart
Now that you have a routine, you need to follow a time-efficient study pattern that will help you understand and remember better.Divide the first hour into 3 parts – 25 min, 15 min, 20 min
First 25 minutes – read the chapter and topics within thoroughly.
- Next 15 minutes – watch videos and illustrations to understanding the same topics
- Last 20 minutes – try to answer questions related to the topics
- Repeat the same process for the 2nd hour or 2nd subject.
Additional Tips & Tactics
Save a day for revision
Keep Saturday as the day for revising everything you studied during the entire week.
Start & Stop
Here are a few things you should start and stop doing, in order to make the above process work more efficiently for you.
Reading lessons from textbook thoroughly – You will recognize potential questions that can come from each part of the chapter
Writing simultaneously as you read – Helps in remembering better
Studying in a distraction-free space – Visit a library, if nearby
Taking breaks while studying – Allows your brain to relax and focus
Getting enough sleep – 8 hours minimum.
Mugging up answers – Instead, read the topic thoroughly and then go for the questions
Spending a lot of time on mobile phones – Scrolling through posts only rids you of valuable time
Studying on Sundays – Give yourself a break from all kinds of studying for a day in a week
Indulge in brain-teasers
Do brain games really help in making your brain sharper? The answer is yes!
Constant churning of various cognitive abilities, like perception, problem-solving, decision-making, reasoning, processing, etc., will help the brain get better at them. It’s similar to challenging your body strength with constant workout that eventually results in gaining a better physique. Brain teasers are like exercises for your brain that improve mental sharpness, when you do it on a regular basis.
Examples of some brain teasers you can indulge in:
- Crosswords – improve processing power
- Riddles – improve reasoning abilities
- Number games – improve problem-solving abilities
- Quizzes – improve memory power