Study Smarter, Not Harder

Steven Rindner

Hey guys, Steven here, thanks for tuning in for another blog update. This time around I want to talk about studying hacks which may help you pull up your GPA. As college is a wonderful time to learn more about yourself and meet other people, it would be a shame if you spent, say, 10 hours a day focusing on a single material.

So, let’s get started. The first thing you need to understand is the difference between studying harder and studying smarter. With the former, you can put in all the time you have, but still end up walking away with only a vague understanding of your lessons. Why? Well, research has shown that studying for long periods of time is counterproductive. This tells us that instead of cramming and putting so much pressure on ourselves to memorize dates, formulas, and details a day before the exam, it is much better to space out our studying.Reviewing those lessons periodically results in a higher chance that the information is stored in our long-term memory.

If you have a major exam coming up, try this study hack and see whether it makes a difference. You’ll most likely be given a timetable of your exams at the beginning of the semester anyway, so you can create a review schedule ahead of time. The reverse of this also works. Once you’re given a new lesson that you’re having difficulty with, you can review the material several days and weeks after to see whether it gets retained in your long-term memory. The idea is to keep coming back periodically to review the information to make sure you get it.

Everyone has a different way of learning, so it may take a while for you to find what works for you and your learning style.

Best of luck!