Hate studying? Well you are not alone in this sentiment. Studying can be seen much like a difficult chore, the harder or more complex the work becomes, the more likely we are to procrastinate. However once you figure out how to take on the chore head on, it may seem much less daunting, this is now much easier to do these days thanks to Tiktok. Like many other things, creators have taken to the platform to share their most effective study and revision tips. 

In a study-lifestyle community called ‘Studytok’, students all around the world are finding new ways to improve their study habits and methods. We’ve identified 5 tips that can effectively change your study habits and perhaps make studying more enjoyable.

    1. Flashcard Notes 

    Flashcards are a great way to break down content heavy subjects into manageable bite-sized notes. They promote active recall – a process where the brain retrieves a specific memory. As soon as we see a diagram or term, our brains will actively attempt to recall what we’ve studied, storing it in long-term memory rather than short-term. You can also use flashcards as a form of creative learning by jumbling up the cards and studying them in the order that works best for you. Remember to keep it brief using bullet points or keywords to trigger your memory! 

    If you prefer digital learning, there are online Flashcard apps like Anki or Quizlet that you can download.

     

    Study Flashcards Graphic

    2. The Feynman Technique

    Another viral technique that has gained some steam recently on the platform is the Feynman Technique. It aids in enhancing your understanding of the subject by having the reader verbalise the concept learnt. The key here is to explain the concept in simple terms, replacing complex jargon as if you were explaining it to a small child. Once that is done, review what you just did and determine any gaps in your knowledge. You may even want to run your explanations by someone who is not familiar with the subject matter. What parts did you find most difficult to explain? How much could your partner understand? 

    Be sure to repeat until full understanding!

    3. Blurting Method

    Ever crammed at the last minute for an exam? Here’s a more effective studying method for your next last minute cram session. The night before, read through your notes you’ve written down for that particular subject. Then, write down everything you can remember, dividing everything into specific concepts or lessons. Review and fill the memory gaps by writing down everything you missed in a different coloured pen. Review and repeat!

    4. Doodling Method

    Research has shown that the act of doodling helps “locate lost memories and bring them back during active recall”. A familiar concept, active recall will make it easier to retrieve information you’ve studied from your brain. So next time, when you’re studying, try doodling with your non-dominant hand. Even if you’re not the artistic type, simple scribbles will function in the same way.

    Doodling Method Example from WURtube

    5. Pomodoro Technique

    Not sure how much time you should invest in studying? Give the Pomodoro technique a try! ​​By using the Pomodoro technique, you split your productive time into 25 minute intervals followed by a 5-minute break

    This structure helps to create a productive workflow, as it allows your mind to focus on the task at hand without distractions. Additionally, the five-minute breaks help to keep you motivated and energised.

    Method: 

    1. Work on your selected task for 25 mins 
    2. After 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break.
    3. Repeat the first 2 steps 4 times then take a longer break (15-30 mins)

    Needless to say, you may find tip 1 to work better for you than tip 2 or vice versa. The point is that there is no one size fits all way to study, as all students are different. As you continue on your academic journey, you’ll benefit from exploring varying methods and techniques. 

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