Smart and effective studying means making the time that you are giving to your studies as productive as possible. For students, it is the most important issue. So, many motivational speakers have given attention to it and have spoken about it. If I have to say one word for all that they say to motivate you for studying would be ‘useless.’ Effective studying, understanding concepts, and bringing consistency too is does not come through these words or the outside motivation.
You have to find the techniques that are proven effective and see your study habits through a realistic and logical approach. This article is about the techniques that can help you study more smartly and push your limits of productivity.
Practice Feynman Technique
This technique takes its name with reference to the Nobel prize holder physicist, Richard Feynman. It is an efficient way of memorizing important concepts, enhancing your understanding, and being able to relate them to your normal life. In short, it ensures that you have covered every domain of your topic in the best possible way. So, what is this technique?
It includes explaining the topic to someone by going at their level of understanding. You can teach it to your class fellow, junior, younger siblings, or anyone who’s available. In the next step, you identify the points you are missing and the ones that you are facing difficulty in explaining. So, you go back to the notes or book and study those points. You keep repeating this pattern until you have completely mastered it. Use simple language so that you can relate it to normal life.
Make precise use of time
When you hear someone saying they studies in the library for the whole day, it does not mean they used those hours to study. This is such an imprecise usage of time. And to avoid wasting your time of the day, calculate it scientifically. How?
See, if you are chatting with friends while having your books in front of you for two hours, you cannot say you study for two hours. Look at the formula of time. The symbol capital ‘T’ for time equals a small ‘t’ and ‘n’ (T=tn). Explaining it in simple terms, ‘n’ is the number of periods and ‘t’ is the time of each period. One period should be the optimum time that you can stay focused. Let’s say, you can study with all your concentration for a maximum of thirty minutes. Now, if you studied for three periods with breaks in between, no matter how much time you spent with your books overall, it would be one and a half hours that you studied for. When you spend time being this conscious, you take care of your environment and make it as productive as you can.
Break down your speed of working into its factors
Looking scientifically at the time you are spending at work (d=vt), it is contributing to your distance that experts have taken as the outcomes of your velocity and time. This theory is taken from an authentic online platform ‘Brilliant’ that makes study effective and fun.
We have already broken-down time into its components. Our purpose is to increase the distance (how far you have come in your pursuit of studying effectively) and for that, we need to look at velocity. This is the efficiency and speed that you are working with, in normal terms. It depends upon the direction and the length of your work. Direction is one of the most important components. Where you are putting your energy is more important than how much.
So, the main purpose should be to select your path and then to work on it. The length here is the actual action that you have to do.
So, to conclude, when you put the right action in the right direction in effective and measurable periods of time, your productivity (distance i.e., effective studying) is increased. You can watch a video of this concept that is very well explained, here.
Precise use of energy
Like you have fixed 24 hours of a day, you also a fixed internal energy for that time. So, plan it and use it precisely. When you use the maximum of your energies on useless tasks, you are left with very little for studying. A study shows the people who use a lot of energy in deciding what dress they want to wear are left with little decision power and energy for the remaining tasks of the day. so, save your energy for productive tasks i.e., studying in order to be smart.
Prioritizing discipline over motivation
Motivation is short-term and external. However, discipline is a thing that you achieve gradually, comes from forming good habits, and is long-lasting. That is the reason, consistency in your studying can only be achieved by disciplining yourself. Finding a balance in your studying habits and then sticking to them is what can lead to effective and smart studying.
Flow is the state when you focus on your task with no distraction and with all your capabilities. You put all your energies into that one task that you are focused on and thus enjoy doing it. This can be a particular time period. Reaching a state of flow can make your studying routine highly productive and you will love going to this state once you have learned it.