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Finding the perfect study formula can be difficult, it varies
depending on what course you are studying, how you best
absorb information and how well you've planned your study around
We've heard our share of old-wives tales on achieving the perfect
study methods and in the spirit of National Science Week we've decided
to bust a few of these myths to help you find an approach that works
Science disagrees! In fact you will
retain more information by doing a few minutes of reading before
bed. During sleep the brain strengthens new memory, giving you a
better chance of retaining all those facts and figures. To help
reinforce your memory even more, read over the same course work
first thing in the morning when your brain is fresh and stress free
after a good night sleep.
It may seem like you are making the right call by putting your
homework before working out. However, scientific research has found
that half an hour of aerobic exercise can improve
our brain-processing speed and other important cognitive
abilities. Best to skip the post-training bistro though… Those books
aren't going to study themselves.
You may feel that persevering through ‘study block' is more
productive than not studying at all but you'd be wrong. Science says
"have a break" clear your head by taking a walk in the fresh
air or having a cup of coffee (Note: a productive break does not mean
an hour of telly and cat memes). Breaking your concentration with a
non-screen activity will help relax your brain allowing you to refocus
on round two.
As exciting as homework can be, you may find yourself resisting the
land-of-nod mid equation… Science says take a nanna-nap! All-nighters
don't tend to lead to straight ‘A's; if you find that you are cramming
your study into 3 days before an exam your brain is going to be far
more sensitive to stress factors than a well-rested brain. In fact,
the week before an exam you should aim to get at least 7-9 hours of
shut eye a night to help your memory retain info (see point one).
What study methods have you found work best for you? Share your tips
in the comments below.