Here are some simple tips which can help you if you are student, either studying in any college or preparing for entrance exams:
- Sit in first row
Start sitting in very first row in classes. I know its uncomfortable if you are not used to. But that will help you in learning Concepts and retaining them. You are anyways wasting that 1 hour in that class!
- Take notes
Take notes while you are in class. Pay full attention to the lectures and master the art of taking notes. Learn different techniques of note taking. There is something called mind map note. Research says when we listen and write, we learn and retain twice as much.
Force yourself to just revise once when you come back to your room. It might just take half or a third of time to revise, but it does helps a lot !
- Group Study
Find few more people who want to study and do a group study with them. Commit to others and you will be more focused. Remember when you were a kid, you had committed to other friends to play soccer or cricket, they would come and drag you to play with them even if you were not in a mood someday. Isn’t it? Apply same thing to studies.
Develop good focus and concentration. Listen to some meditation music, practice some deep breathing and concentration techniques. You can watch some techniques here
There are several researches done which says that the average attention time for human being is shortening. So take breaks and take a walk, so that your mind rejuvenates and is again ready to absorb and concentrate again
- Condition your mind for the exam
This is specially important for the entrance exam preparation. Take the practice exams in the same time of the day and week when the actual exam will be. Mentally, rehearse the exam environment so many times that when the actual exam day comes it will be very comfortable and you will not panic.
- Get feedback and improve
After the practice exams, get self-feedback and feedback from others and work on your week points
- Self talk to program your mind
Write in big letters in your room and near bathroom mirror something like “I like studying. I perform good in exams. I use my time effectively. I am very focused. I am a winner!”. Say it aloud many times (of course in private… ) and it will condition your mind to work in right direction.
I have followed this from my IIT preparation to, MS preparation and even I follow it now. It works! Hope it works for you too.