1. Get organized. Maintain a binder or folder where you keep
all of your notes and materials.
2. Have a designated study space. This space should have few distractions
and be somewhere where you know you will be productive.
3. Take frequent, short breaks. Studies suggest that a 10-minute break
after every hour of study increases productivity. Set a timer or pay close
attention to the clock. Don’t shortchange yourself on study time.
4. Prioritize. Use practice tests as a studying tool. Take
these incrementally to determine which content areas you’re struggling with so
you can give those areas the attention they need.
5. Study according to your learning style. The predominant learning styles are audio,
visual and kinesthetic.
6. Pace yourself. Instead of cramming, designate a specific
time slot during which you study every day, but no more than three hours.
7. Summarize information in your own words
and create your own notes. Make
outlines, graphic organizers or write a summary in narrative format to
reinforce the highlights of the content you’ve just reviewed.
8. Utilize mnemonic devices as study tools. The funnier the sentence, the easier it
will be to remember. Remember in third grade when you learned the nine planets
with, “My very educated mother just served us nine pizzas”? Use terms that are
related or fall under the same concept and keep the sentence to around 10
9. Study in groups. This isn’t a strategy that works for
everyone; if you’re easily distracted, you might want to stick to individual
study sessions. Your time is valuable, so pick study partners whom you know
will work as hard as you will.
10. Set goals. There’s no way to stuff everything in your
head in one session. Have a goal for each study session by setting a specific
intent. For example, “Today I will memorize and understand all of the main
components of the digestive system.”