We could bet something about some of the techniques we’re about to suggest: either you don’t know them or you don’t apply them. Today we are going to reveal some little tricks to increase your efficiency when you’re studying! Here are our suggestions:
1. Power questions.
What’s the first thing you do when you start a new chapter? It’s very likely that, at least once in your life, you have opened the book and started reading right away. This way you have probably felt you were “going straight to the point”. However we’re going to recommend something different. Read the title of the chapter and the title of the paragraphs, then ask yourself the following questions:
– What will this chapter teach me?
– What are the two main things I need to know about this chapter?
– What do I already know about this topic?
At this point, speculate about the answers. It doesn’t matter if the answers you guess are right or wrong (they can’t be totally right, you still have to start reading the chapter!).
What does matter is to create some conjectures which you will prove right or wrong once you read the text (which is the following phase).
You may be asking yourself: “What’s the point in this?” By using this technique, you are activating your RAS (reticular activating system), which is to say that mechanism that allows our brain to focus its attention on one thing. You will be completely engaged in reading, looking for the correct answers to your questions, and you won’t take your eyes off the page till the moment you find our whether your guesses were right or wrong.
This is an extraordinary way to keep your focus and concentration at a high level! It will take you a couple of minutes to ask yourself the questions, but you will save tons of time because you will never read without understanding or giving in to distractions anymore!
This technique is also taught during our Genius in 21 days course.
2. Jedi review.
If you are used to studying, I’m pretty sure you review what you have learned. The point is: “Do you review things with the wisdom of a Jedi?” Very often, what happens is that the first review you do is right before an exam or a test, when your memory has already decreased and most of the information is already forgotten. The point is not that our brain is not perfect, it’s that we use it imperfectly. Translated into Star Wars language, it would sound more or less like this: “The Force is strong in you: you must learn its ways!”
Review what you have studied one hour after you’ve studied it. Of course, if you have three classes in a row, you can review everything one hour after the end of the lessons, or you can take advantage of the breaks between the classes! After this, review it a second time the following day. At this point, your memory will last about one week. This is the reason why it’s very useful to do another review after 7 days, so you can make the memory last another month. From then on, you will just need a review every six months. The pattern is: 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and then every 6 months.
Try this method and you will feel a bit like a Jedi master on learning! You won’t need to re-read things thousands of times, but just few times in a fast way! If you try this method, you’ll notice right away that you’ll be actually reviewing things, not re-studying them!!
3. Rock’n Roll of concentration.
Maybe you are used not to having any kind of background music when you study, or maybe you listen to very animated music (Rock, Metal!). Actually, you don’t have to use any background music if you don’t want to, but it’s now known that listening to a relaxing melody or to classical music helps you get into a concentration state that will increase your productivity.
We suggest you to avoid both very animated music (because it’d be in contrast with the relaxation goal) or songs you know well. In fact what may happen is that you start focusing more on the lyrics than on your studying. And if it’s even a song you love you could find yourself singing it along!
It’s better to use opera, classical music (try Mozart and his Sonata in D major for Two Pianos) or melodies which play sounds of Nature. There are some apps created for this!
These are three suggestions that will allow you to highly increase your productivity! Try to believe it! If you also want to find out how to study perfectly, in order to turn your results around and drastically decrease the time it takes you to study, you can come and find out more about Genius in 21 days. You can attend the free introductory lesson and try the efficiency of these techniques yourself! Don’t waste your time! There are too many beautiful things to learn!