The second part of the list with the most popular tips which can be given to junior students from their high-achieve-senior bros.
7. Visualize and Model
To remember something better, imagine a model of the subject you are studying. This can be not only a diagram, schedule and other ways to present the info in a visual way. What we mean is mental modelling.
To study anything effectively, develop certain logic to build a mental model in which every new element will be inserted into a system of existing ones. For instance, you can study physics based on the time principle: there were early knowledge first, then Ancient physics appeared, then Newton introduced his mechanics, then electricity and magnetism were introduced, then the electron was discovered, Einstein developed his theories, then quantum theory, astrophysics…That all is logically connected, easy to remember and hence to understand. It is a lot more important to understand than just to learn any information by heart.
Another way to remember anything better is to use associative chain techniques. Develop your own system of associations for every single subject: this will allow you to remember the required info more effectively, especially under the stressful exam conditions.
8. Attend Lectures
And be active there.
Lectures and classes are not that useful. Many students just think them to be like that. First, your teacher can step away of the book or the general program. Second, there is a live conversation, when you can ask questions and receive feedback. And finally, attending lectures will certainly save you time which you could spend on reading lecture materials (lecturers make tests based on them very often).
Learn how to be an active listener: stay attentive, write down your notes, and don’t be afraid to become “that freaky guy who always asks strange questions”. The better you understand the material during the lecture, the less time you’ll need to learn it before the exam.
Attending lectures is a useful thing for one more reason: lecturers often put marks, basing on your attendance and participation statistics. Lecturers don’t strive to make you fail the exam. They don’t want to waste their time, and neither do you.
9. Write Notes Effectively
It is great to develop your own system of making notes. It could be of any style. The thing is that it should be convenient for you to work with your notes.
10. Help Others
And ask for help, too.
Create your small group of people who have the same goal. Be active there: explain the material, help others understand it. This will be helpful for you, too. Plus, you’ll get some important skills at the same time: teamwork and leadership.
11. Take Part in Projects
Create a network of your connections.
Be active. Take part in conferences, competitions, scientific surveys and activities, create projects. This will help you get experience for your future portfolio you’ll be able to show your employer. It will have more value than an excellent diploma, because it can show that you’ve got not only knowledge, but practical experience, too.
Case-competitions and conferences will help you get connections. Get in touch with people, get practical knowledge whenever it is possible. This all will let you get the job of your dream much faster than you might even think.
12. Prepare for Exams Effectively
Well, let’s think you’ve already got the right notes. But that’s not enough to pass the exam successfully. The lecturer is probably going to put additional questions, so read the notes once more. Do that actively: visual models, associative chains, hypotheses, connections. Build up a logical understanding, not just learn it all.
Check your knowledge: provide a virtual exam. Examination cards, additional questions from the previous courses, home tasks (yes, they’re to be done in order to get practical experience): this is what can help you.
Let your weaknesses become strengths.
And finally: study a bit more than you could study during lectures. Develop interest in additional information, find curious facts on the subject.
13. Strict Lecturer? No problem
Stay open to criticism. Criticism can be constructive, and it will help you become better. Everything depends on your attitude.
If you don’t like the lecturer, and their attitude seems to be sarcastic, think: what is more important: the attitude towards you, or the knowledge you can get? If the knowledge wins, then prove you can make it. The lecturer will respect such a student, that’s for sure.
14. Reward Yourself
Be glad of your achievements. Student years must be HAPPY ones. Dedicate one day of your week to the rest only. Visit concerts, exhibitions, cinemas. Be interested in anything around you. Be hungry and crazy. If you think that it is impossible to combine it all with studies, you are mistaken. It’s just about time management and good schedule. Nothing is impossible.
No matter how difficult your studies are: your possibilities really are unlimited, remember that. Everyone can become an excellent student, get good results and spend student years usefully… IF THEY WANT THAT.
Don’t compare yourself with others. The only person you must outperform is who you were the day before.