You have received a 200-page script in one of your lecture, which is anything but understandable. Whether you or your classmates have the slightest clue about what the professor is on about. But you all know it will be relevant for the upcoming exam. So you give yourself a pep talk and find the last drops of motivation left in you to read the script. You’re on page 30 and forget what you read on the previous 29 pages already. Yet you still keep going. The thought that you might be wasting a lot of time won’t cross your mind even once. You feel like you’re doing something, which leads to you feeling better about your previous situation, but you’re not being productive whatsoever. If this reminds you of your current situation, don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there.
Today we’ll help you start studying and avoid a mental breakdown like these poor soldiers had to go through. ?
How do we break this behavior and start studying?
Maybe you’ve noticed that visual communication is a huge part of our world. Step outside your house and you see boards with arrows and instructions. Or just look at YouTube, most videos you watch after your lecture (because you didn’t understand a word in class) use visual communication. Big Images, Arrows & Icons. All these things help us understand complicated topics without the hassle. Just staring at long paragraphs of summaries can get boring and overwhelming. Try to break down the information on your summary with visual elements. This method will even help you memorize your scripts quicker because you will spend some time trying to figure out the best method to visualize what you read in your script. Try it out and let us know if it has helped you!
Don’t get lost in the jungle of information!
Most scripts are packed with loads of information. You might feel stressed just from thinking about how many hours you will have to invest. But WAIT before you jump in head first, go through the table of content and think about which topics will actually be relevant. If you weren’t sleeping the whole semester, you might remember a thing or two that your professor mentioned. Also, don’t forget to go through old exams, topics you find there could be relevant to your exam as well. Remember, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes!
With these two hacks, you will back on track to acing your exams!