As such, it is only foresightedness to anticipate the resumption of schools or possible makeshift online examinations just after we coped with learning in isolation.
Soon we may be facing those familiar situations where there is so much to study over a constrained time.
It is so annoying to the point that one doesn’t know where to even begin, not to talk of, how to go about studying in a way that will utilise our energy, time and resources optimally.
In situations like this do not fret, clear your mind and apply the study SMART technique. This technique is all about setting study goals and effectively bringing them to actualization.
So, what exactly, is the S.M.A.R.T technique ?
S.M.A.R.T technique is a simple 5-step procedure combined to give maximum academic results. They are;
STEP 1: Set goals
Setting specific,measurable, achievable and relevant study goals is vital as this will map out and give a sense of direction over the course of studying.
Do not set unrealistic goals like crash reading a full course in one night. It will burst out of proportions. On the other hand, do not set too easy to achieve goals you may find yourself understudying. Therefore find a balance.
Any goal that you set needs to have a deadline which introduces step 2. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and gives an insight of the time duration required to complete your study goals.
STEP 2: Manage time
Chanel your time into the completion of the goals. It’s NOT smart waiting till the last day to begin study.
Otherwise, may the odds be in your favor.
Analyse how much time you have on your plate then chunk-down long study sessions to shorter ones consisting of breaks.
Studies have shown long study session to cause lapse in focus and assimilation.
STEP 3: Act
Put in the actual work required to turn those goals into reality. Know your strengths and work accordingly.
Apply an effective study routine by chunking down course content into bits and using study or data sheets to mark out important information from the text.
It is very important at this stage to avoid distractions of all forms. Turn off social media, for it is not the time to stalk any Instagram profile nor is it the time to quickly place a ‘2 sure odds’ bet.
Consult available resources; check the dictionary for words you don’t understand, learn synonyms to broaden your vocab.
STEP 4: Review work
Review study sheets and connect similar points, this creates a well structured image recreated from the text.
This way, you could discover certain areas of weakness and can subsequently seek help from a friend who knows it or from the lecturer.
Ensure to NOT take them into the examination halls. You don’t want to be sorry.
Review previous Questionnaires if available and try to anticipate possible questions to be set.
Assess and reward progress amicably.
STEP 5: Teach it
This is personally my best strategy as it has yielded immense results. It’s that simple, if you can teach it, you know and can write it.
A research was carried involving two groups of students.
Group A was told to study an article that they would be tested via examinations. Group B was told that they would have to teach the content of the article.
Results had it that set B had better grades than set A. This is because the brain would naturally connect points from an article to create a bigger picture if it is to be taught.
So you could teach it by either speaking to a wall in your own words(though this might seem like you’ve lost it)or by belonging to a study group. This makes it easy to recall information during exams.
- Work in a organized, decluttered space
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat good diets.
- Do NOT cram, understand the text.
- Create and use mnemonics.
There you have it, an effective, proven and smart study technique to make the most out of time and get those grades up.
Remember, it is one thing to set goals, it is another to achieve them. Therefore, put these strategies to work and start studying smart not hard.
What dreadful experience have you had while studying for an exam? Let us know in the comment section.
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