A Guatemalan Soldier hands out paper so local students can make posters to inform family and neighbors of upcoming events during Beyond the Horizon 2014, Zacapa, Guatemala, April 9, 2014. Beyond the Horizon is an annual exercise that embraces the partnership between the United States and Guatemala, to provide focused humanitarian assistance through various medical, dental, and civic action programs. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin P. Morelli)

Lifehack.org outlined 23 study tips used by top students and I think they offer some solid advice.  I used some of these tips during law school and I wish I would’ve used more of them, if I would have known about them.  Now everyone is different and you should use what works for you but take a look for yourself and maybe some of these habits will work for you as well.    

1. They don’t always do all of their homework.  In college, homework assignments generally make up 5-20% of your grade, but can be the biggest time-suck for most students. Yes, working problems is one of the best ways to turn new concepts into working knowledge, but a large majority of those problems that take you hours and hours to work through, you’ll never see on an exam.

2. They never “read through” the textbook.

Per time spent, reading the textbook is one of the least effective methods for learning new material. Top students use the examples and practice problems, but otherwise use Google, lecture notes, and old exams for study materials.

3. They Google EVERYTHING.  It’s like an automatic reaction. New concept = go to Google for a quick explanation. Don’t think just because your professor gives you a textbook and some examples on the blackboard that you’re limited to that information. You have a massive free search engine at your fingertips, so make use of it.

4. They test themselves frequently.  Testing yourself strengthens your brain’s connections to new material, and gives you immediate and clear feedback on whether you know something or not.  Bottom line, repeated self-testing significantly improves long-term retention of new material.

5. They study in short bursts, not long marathons.  Studying in short bursts tends to help you focus intensely because you know there is at least a short break coming.  This also fits in nicely with our Ultradian Rhythm, the natural activity/rest cycle of our bodies, which makes studying continuously for multiple hours on end counterproductive.

To see all 23 study habits visit Lifehack.org.  

What tips do you use?  If you used any of these tips let us know if they worked for you or if you want to share yours tips we welcome those as well.

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