The Study Techniques That Every Student Should Know

To get the most out of study hours and obtain the best results, students have tools and procedures they can choose from and thus create the study strategy that best suits their abilities and needs. 

One of them is the so-called study techniques. Do you want to meet them? Keep reading!  

What are study techniques?

They are tools, strategies or methods , applicable to any level of training, through which it is possible to approach the study of subjects to facilitate their learning and understanding.

Also, if you combine them with others such as techniques to achieve greater concentration , we assure you that you will notice the difference.

Types of study techniques

There are different study techniques, each of them focused on improving performance in a specific area that each student can use depending on the methodology that is most effective and satisfactory.

Study techniques for taking notes

The notes are the first contact with the subject of study. Taking notes correctly is almost an art, but doing it well will be a positive starting point for you in the study process.

Study techniques to improve reading

This is the point at which every student thinks he is overdone. Here comes the “but”: it is not about knowing how to read (if you have come this far it is obvious that you know what the subject is about) but about improving reading comprehension at a higher reading speed .

Reading comprehension is the ability to understand what we read in such a way that we understand its global meaning within the context. And the reading speed, the number of words we can read in a minute.

Therefore, if we improve both, we will have guaranteed success.  

Study techniques to synthesize information

It is about selecting the relevant information of what we are studying through blocks of more specific information. The best study techniques to synthesize information are:

The summary 

It consists of an active reading of the text and the subsequent underlining of the most important content to obtain a shorter document that contains the relevant information.

The scheme

It is a graphic representation of the fundamental ideas of the text and represents the relationships between the different concepts.

The mind maps

They are similar to schemes since, from a central idea, different concepts related to it are associated. They are very visual and reflect the existing relationship of all the information they contain.

Flashcards or study cards

They are one of the best and most fun synthesis tools. They have a concept or question on one side and a more elaborate explanation on the other . You can even change the concepts for drawings.

Study techniques to memorize

There are different tools to save information, but their effectiveness will depend on you trying them out and deciding which one best suits your way of studying.

In addition to these techniques, did you know that there are foods especially recommended for students ? The type of diet and lifestyle you lead can improve your ability to memorize and concentrate , keep that in mind.

The main study techniques to memorize are the mnemonic rules, the memory palace, the Feynman technique, the SQ4R technique or memorization through stories:

The mnemonic rules 

They are based on the association of concepts and information and allow a greater amount of data to be stored through gamification ; that is, memorize through songs, drawings, puns, acronyms, etc.

The memory palace

Also called the LOCI method, its system is based on remembering locating elements or objects in a specific place and resorting to their memory through the visual image of their location.

The Feynman technique 

It is a 4-step method that consists of actively reading the study texts and trying to explain it in a simple and affordable way , as if we were addressing a child.

The SQ4R technique 

It is applied in different phases: viewing the material, asking questions and looking for answers, explaining the text read and reviewing the content, so that efficient memorization learning is achieved.

Memorization through stories 

It is very useful to retain lists, enumerations or headings in our mind, for example. It consists of creating your own, invented, fantastic and implausible story using these concepts in order .

Study Organization Techniques

Organizing and planning the study process will give more productive results to your effort. In fact, knowing how to organize your time and tasks can make a difference in both the process and the results.

To achieve this, we advise you to start by creating a study calendar and taking advantage of the time using the Pomodoro study technique .

Study calendar

In a study calendar you can view the total hours available for study, when you have to deliver work, what day the exams are and divide the hours available for study of each subject.

Pomodoro Technique

The well-known Pomodoro study technique is a management tool that divides study time into attention and rest periods in blocks ( pomodoros ) of 20 or 30 minutes of intense activity with 5-minute rest intervals, adding a longer rest of 20 to 30 minutes every 4 study blocks.

There are many study techniques and it is up to you to put them into practice. At Campus Cámara FP we advise you and help you find the one that is most effective for you and helps you improve your results.

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