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					How to Study and Developing Study Skills By Jordan Loo




Study skills refer to the ability to read, memorize and retain class portions, text book content
and other study materials. Student work load is always on the raise and having a good approach
towards study makes a significant difference. Developing study skills depend on individual's
capability, grasping power, interests, environment and self discipline. Here are some methods to
develop study skills and hone them better with few useful techniques.


1. Visualization
This method refers to seeing imagery through the mind on what has been taught. This develops
creativity, imagination and cognitive skills. It is very important to visualize for grasping easily.
This technique includes block diagrams, pictures, matching real world objects with the concepts
read.

2. Group Study
Joining a study group on few topics enables sharing and collaborating. The topics can be divided
for individual preparations. Later the topics can be delivered as a short session or flash cards to
other members in the study group. This is one of the most common study methods. The same
group can be involved in group discussion and quizzes once they are thorough on the topics.

3. Writing what you read
This is a form of skill to develop both ability to retain and also getting prepared for writing them
in the exam. Writing habit has several benefits including retention, developing patience through
hard work and improving written communication skills.

4. Learning by doing
This is one best form of developing a study skill. It is a method of doing things practically based
on what one read in the textbook. It may not be possible to experiment or implement everything
practically. One has to develop the habit of experiencing them practically if there any
opportunity exists. For example, college lab exercises, applying them on real world situations.
This form of study stays longer as it develops practical sense and realism.
5. Flash cards
This is the most common method of keeping tab of topics read. It is done through a small post
card where key words are noted down for quick reference. Majority of the students keep them
handy instead of keeping complete notes or text books. This helps in developing hints to the
topics and improvising the whole content from the keywords.

6. Mind maps
It is the best technique to relate topics and associate links among them. Mind map is a powerful
tool which follows a tree or hierarchical structure to a particular topic. It is also a great
brainstorming method to generate more ideas for essay writing, comprehension, and critical
thinking. It sharpens the thought process by looking at various perspectives to the subject.

7. Group discussion and quizzes
Revise the topics through a group discussion with friends to further improve your memory. It is
better to allot 30 minutes of time for discussion and clarifications. To make it more interesting,
conduct small quizzes through rapid fire rounds, puzzles and other form of investigative
learning. This also builds communication and social skills.

8. Relaxation methods
It is vital to keep a healthy mind and body. Taking breaks and rests for 10-15 minutes between
studies keeps the mind relaxed. It is recommended to have a minimum of seven hours sound
sleep. It rejuvenates both body and mind. The mental pressure can be released by playing sports,
doing work outs and spending quality time with family and friends. Practicing meditation, deep
breathing exercises and yoga are great methods to improving concentration and focus.

In summary, study skills are both innate and acquired by nature. It varies across individuals but
several common and working practices can be derived. It can be applied by all students to hone
and improvise their existing skills.

Learn more educational information on how to study.

				
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