Study techniques and strategies

One of the most recurrent problems of many students is the low productivity in the studies. I have students who say they spend hours sitting in front of the books but fail to understand the subject, often do not pass their exams and also have the feeling that they work hard and do not perform enough, which leads to a situation of frustration and boredom.

But do not worry, the diagnosis of this problem is easy: many students do not know how to study, probably because nobody has taught them to use useful tools that provide them with an adequate performance and optimal learning. But do not panic, there is a solution and my long experience as a teacher has taught me that with a good curriculum and apply appropriate study techniques students succeed in learning and passing their exams successfully.

The study techniques are very useful tools to establish knowledge and optimize the resources and time of the students. Here you have a guide that can help you study and approve your subjects:

Make a comprehensive reading. When facing a subject you must read slowly and understand all the concepts. Use dictionaries and memorize basic concepts.

Underline the most important concepts. A constant struggle that humanities teachers have is to teach students to recognize the main idea of a text and secondary ideas. Memorizing concepts without understanding them does not help at all.

Make schemes. The schemes are very important for two fundamental reasons. On the one hand, it will help you see the most important concepts with a glance. And it will also help you to review when there are hours left for the exam. They are essential tools.

Temporary lines This scheme is aimed especially at students of history, philosophy and literature. When we have to memorize authors, facts and dates many students do not clarify, mix concepts and fail to understand the subject. With an arrow-shaped timeline you will be able to record dates, events and events and help you to have a global vision of the subject you are studying.

Make your own notes. It is important that you attend in class and take notes. When you are studying in each, make notes with the underlined in the book and your class notes.

Use colors In the schemes, underlines, etc. use different colors, it will help you to distinguish ideas.

Mnemonic techniques are also useful. You can form a word with the initials of concepts that you have to memorize. An example is CHON, initials of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen.

Use audiovisual methods. The videos are very useful, they help to memorize, understand and relate concepts. Regardless of the subject, videos are a didactic resource that multiplies learning exponentially. For philosophy students I always recommend the Unboxing Philosophy video channel.

Study in an orderly environment. Having your table organized, your notes and books ordered will help you optimize your time and also order your head.

Be disciplined. Discipline is fundamental. Make yourself a calendar with your study hours, set a number of hours a day and complete it. It is important to rest, remember that not having spent much time in front of a book you have studied more. And combine subjects, do not study more than two hours in a row the same subject, change and you’ll see how your skills settle better.