Being in a department that offers a wide range of courses with thick heavy textbooks is enough discouragement to study.. You read but you don’t understand? .. Don’t worry, today.. am going to share with you some hints on how to read and remember. Apply these steps for at least one month.. come back and thank me later.
1. Believe in yourself
Yes!! .. The first step is to believe in yourself. You have to believe the fact that you can actually understand that course before giving it a try. One thing about life is that it works with what you believe. If you say you cant do it.. then you won’t be able to do it no matter the trials. But if you believe you can do it… the sky is just your starting point. A popular saying confirms this point “what you believe in works for you”
2. Create a reading space.
Creating time for something makes you remember you have to do that thing when the time reach. You have to create a reading space for yourself. Check your schedules and map out time that will be beneficial for you. A lot of people prefer to read at night, around 10:00pm to 12:00am.. others prefer 2:00am to 4:00am.. while some still prefer evening reading.. Just like I do.. I don’t want anything messing with my midnight sleep.. lol.. its all about which time is most convenient for you.
3. Get yourself a timetable.
After creating a reading space. You need to come up with a reading timetable.. a timetable comprise of all your courses and a specified day to read each of them. A guide on how to create a reading timetable is available here How to make a reading timetable – perfect study time
Note your less busy days and fix the hard courses there.. allow the simple courses to go with your busy days. This helps you focus more on the hard courses while you revise the simple courses on your busy days.
4. Try to keep up with the time table.
Its one thing to create a timetable.. Its another thing to obey that timetable. Make sure you obey your timetable. To do this, you have to place your reading hours as most priority. Make sure you don’t procrastinate. And avoid any unnecessary distraction. You will experience a lot of these..
5. Start reading from two weeks before the exam.
Start reading from at least two weeks before the examination date. This helps you get familiar with your books before the actual exam day. Reading early has a lot of benefits and it also help reduce stress during exam period. Instead of running around from here to there looking for who to get notes from, cramming a whole note and textbook under 3 hours and struggling with questions you fail to understand earlier.. . you sit on your sofa and watch the trending BBN with your pop corn and chilled Pepsi, after 2 mins of revision. What a good life. When you read before exam.. You will only have to revise during exam because you are already familiar with a lot of things.
6. Start with the basic term.
When reading. Avoid jumping to the complex topics without going through the basic terms. A lot of us make this mistake. We tend to jump some basic things just because we think or feel we know it.. there could be an additional knowledge there that will help you understand the other topic better but when you jump it, you get stuck with the complex topic and tag it as hard and difficult. When reading, try to start with the basic terms. Read line by line and make sure you understand each sentence.
7. Don’t force yourself
When you read a particular topic and you don’t understand. . try reading it again.. if you still don’t understand, leave it.. Go and rest then come back to it tomorrow.. Read it everyday because for each time you read it. There is an invisible understanding you are deriving.. after some days. You will tend to understand better. Don’t force yourself.. doing so will only make you forget the ones you have read.
8. Relate notes with real life situation.
When you are reading. Try to relate what you are reading with real life situations.. for example. A note on physics talking about motion. Imagine a moving ball and then apply the first law of motion to it.. “An object remains it its state of motion unless acted upon by an external” if you didn’t apply force on the ball. It won’t move. if the ball in a state of motion and wasn’t stopped by you or any other force like air. It would continue moving. Once you apply notes to real life situations.. You tend to understand better.
9. Eat a lot of protein
Foods that contain protein helps improve the brain. They help you to think fast, improves memory and rebuild worn out tissues.. while eating a lot of protein. Balance it with a slice of carbohydrate and a touch of vitamins and minerals derived from fruits.. A healthy man is a wealthy man.
10. Exercise Regularly
A regular Exercise keeps the body fit and helps refresh the body.. it keeps your memory intact
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