Traditions. I love traditions. So, in addition to posting a weekly poem, I’m going to start a new tradition. Every Friday night, I’m going to write a Friday’s Favorite Five post. These posts are going to consist of a surprise (I love surprises, too) list of my top five favorite things – and the categories will vary weekly! So, this week, I’m posting five of my favorite (or in this case most often used) ways to study and memorize tough topics.
#5 Read It More Than Once:
So, this is pretty self explanatory. Sometimes, tough topics require rereading. To be honest, I think this is the hardest tip for me to enact because I hate hearing or reading the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over again. But, as my mom always says, “Repetition is the mother of learning.” And it truly is. So, stick with it!
#4 Explain It to Someone:
Okay, so this is another one I don’t really enjoy doing, but I have learned over the years that when “the going gets tough, the tough get going”. So, this is another great way to study because if you have mastered the topic well enough to explain it accurately and concisely to someone else, then you have mastered it well enough to take a test!
#3 Act It Out:
This is going to sound plain weird. But act it out. This is great for vocabulary. It’s also quite a bit like charades. I remember when I was younger, and I had to do a report on the California Gold Rush. Sound boring? Well, the reason I remember the ’49ers today is because, guess what? You’ll never guess. I dressed up as one. Yes, I really did. Soot on the cheeks and overalls and I HAD FUN PRESENTING AN ORAL REPORT!!!! AND we made amazing family memories! So, get your inner drama king or queen out there and just do it!
#2 Flash Cards and Notes:
This is a two-in-one tip, but it is also pretty self explanatory. Okay, so study basics 101 will tell you to TAKE NOTES! Honestly, I hate taking notes. But the simple fact of life is that note taking works, so I have tried to train myself to do it whether I like it or not. Also, I find it an enormous benefit to make flash cards when studying ridiculously hard terms – whether in math, chemistry, anatomy, you name it. Now, if you’re dedicated, I suggest you write flash cards out by hand. But, if you’re like me and can memorize from typing just as well as writing, I suggest you use this handy-dandy place called Cram Cards.
#1 Write Essays:
Y’all are gonna hate this one, but this is honestly my favorite way to memorize because it WORKS MIRACLES! Ever since third grade, I have had to write essays for school (no surprise there, right?) But then, I realized that the majority (like 90%) of the things I remember almost word for word where the things I had to write an essay about. So, when I studied meningitis, rabies, yellow fever, bees, railroads, schooners, and scrimshaw in third grade, I wrote short (1-3 paragraph) essays about each topic. And guess what? I can explain each one to you in detail…I still shock my parents sometimes. And I know this tactic still works because I had to write an essay on Magnesium two days ago…and I literally told my mom what I wrote almost 85% word for word yesterday. I realize that this tactic usually takes more time, but it works the best, so give it a shot!
So, those are my top five study tips for this week! I hope you were able to relate to or use some of these.
Comment below if you would like more study tips, if you have a study suggestion, or if you have a testimony about these tips working in your own study life!