I read an article recently on how listening to certain music that emits alpha wave vibrations can be beneficial for my concentration levels, making this type of music the perfect remedy to those afternoons spent daydreaming about summer instead of focusing on the textbook in front of me! But how does it work?
Do you often find yourself on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site, 5 minutes after declaring that you were going to study for an hour? Do you find it hard to concentrate, knowing that there could be a message or notification waiting for you? If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions, then I’m going to suggest you install one of my top 3 internet blocking applications.
The Spaced Repetition System or SRS is a method of learning that is based on renewing your recollection of something before you have the chance to forget it. It consists of learning a piece of material (something for school, new vocabulary, etc.) and then relearning it, first a couple of hours later, then a couple of days later, a couple of weeks, months, years….
There is a many a student who simply cannot retain information and study course material properly from just staring at a book. A lot of students need a little bit more visual stimulation to achieve that A grade!
It’s almost guaranteed that when a teacher or professor walks into a classroom of students and announces an upcoming exam, the response will be a general groan throughout the room. And why? Because the majority of students have come to associate the word “test” or “exam” with a stressful situation, in which a teacher asks you difficult questions you just can’t quite remember the answer to.
From the moment that a child starts at school, they are almost brainwashed into thinking that there is a “right” way to study or complete a homework assignment. Unfortunately, if you suffer with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), attempting to study using the traditional methods can be very challenging and frustrating.
The area you choose to study in has more of an impact on your study habits than you might think: if the room is too small, you’ll feel more pressured; if it’s a mess, you’ll feel disorganised; if the walls are covered in posters, you’ll be easily distracted; but on the other hand, if the room is too plain, you’ll lack the motivation to really put your head down and work hard.
It’s a space that needs to be well laid out, tidy and above all, well designed.
Many a time have I turned up at class, without having read the handouts previously and expect to learn everything I need within the one hour lecture. But unfortunately it hardly ever works out this easy! Preparing yourself beforehand can increase your ability for retaining information, given in the lecture, a hundred fold.
Throughout our lives we have been taught that to study effectively, silence is necessary. We accept this, thinking it logical, despite many a study proving that certain sounds and music can help us to recall information. So why do we continue to study in silence? What’s the benefit of no noise in out study sessions?
Whenever the subject of study tips and advice comes up, everyone will tell you something different; things they have tried and tested themselves, study methods that teachers or fellow students have recommended or they’ll try to sell you some quick fix solution to not having studied up until this point. But quite often people fail to mention the things you should avoid doing whilst studying, which is the information that, in my opinion, is more valuable.