Study effectively: the most productive hours and the right pace
Having a good study method is the key to getting the most out of questions, tests and exams. The secret is to learn the right techniques to optimize the time spent in the study. A secret is to choose the most productive hours of the day and keep the right pace to give our brain the right stimuli.
Let’s start from the basics, going to see what the study method is first of all.
What is the study method?
Using a good study method is very important: studying and learning is not easy, so you need to know a set of tricks to use time effectively on books. Having a good study method means, in practice, learning a lot in a short time.
By study method, in fact, we mean that set of techniques to put into practice during the study: from what we do during the lesson at school to how the home study is managed.
How much do you study per day?
A normal study day (university or week-end for high school students) should include about 5 hours of study distributed between morning and afternoon. A study of this type, perpetuated every day, should put us away from long days of 7-8 hours of study, which could put the brain and the body in a state of stress, drastically reducing the quality of the product study.
These 5 hours of daily study should include breaks to optimize results: 10-15 minutes of rest every hour, or half an hour every two, to allow our brain to maintain its freshness and devote itself to study with maximum concentration.
It is also advisable to remove any object that could distract us (switch off the phone, for example) from our study station, without extending study hours.
What are the best hours to study?
The morning is the best time to devote to a study activity because it is the time of the day when our mind is more ready and receptive. Even in the afternoon if a light lunch was consumed.
Dedicate the evening for a review of the knowledge acquired during the day: review all the topics trying to repeat orally (essential to better assume the topics studied).
It must be said, however, that the above indications are general and may not apply to everyone, as there is some variability from person to person.
In fact, there are students who are happy to study late at night and others who are happy to study early in the morning.
Start studying in the classroom
When you are in class, if you follow the explanation carefully you are already in the middle of the work: paying attention in class is also very important because you have the possibility to ask the teacher for explanations for something that is not clear to you.
However, if you are able to take notes while listening, you have already memorized the main concepts, having written them yourself, and this could be very useful during home study.
And then you have to get smart: be careful during the oral checks of your companions, to reorganize your knowledge more.
How to study at home? Read and repeat several times
In addition to paying attention to the right hours in which to study, it is also good to know how to choose the right study method. Here is an easy and affordable way to study: read and repeat.
We must learn the method of study from the earliest stages of primary schools, so as to be able to continue studying smoothly. The study method is essential for success at school. Especially when dealing with all those purely theoretical subjects such as history or literature, or when you have to study for an oral question.
So let’s see how this method works.
Divide the topic to be studied into different sectors:
For example, if you have about ten pages of history concerning the Enlightenment, the topic can be divided into several parts. For example: development and historical context, the first part, characteristics and exponents, the second part.
Read by paragraphs, underlining the keywords and then repeating:
Some advice on this phase which is the decisive factor to get the most out of this method. For those who are beginners, always read all the information carefully. Even those that seem obvious and superficial and only then underline, with highlighters or colored pencils, what is considered important. As far as repeating is concerned, it must always be loud and you must not stop until you get total security on the topic read.
Repeat all at the end:
When all the pages have been read and repeated, you move on to the last step, which is to create your own speech, managing and organizing the information acquired.
The main disadvantage of this method is undoubtedly the time factor. Because it takes between two and four hours, depending on the number of pages or notes, to be able to complete the procedure, achieving a good result. It is also a completely mnemonic method, therefore more suitable for students with a greater capacity for memorization.