To-do list / Planner
It helps you to be more organized, to allocate your time better and to prioritize your tasks.
Limit the distractions
Silence your smartphone, use noise-canceling headphones, chose a quiet place where you feel comfortable (but probably not your bed).
Change the scenery
Changing your studying environment can have a positive effect on your concentration and retention levels.
It’s the simplest and easiest way to memorize information more effectively (if you don’t start underlining entire paragraphs). You should highlight one key sentence per paragraph and a few important phrases here and there.
Brainstorming is an affective group activity for generating ideas. It’s a creative way frequently used for problem solving and can also be practiced individually.
Positive study environment
Tidy desk, maybe with a plant (proven to increase productivity), inspiration or mood board, away from noises, natural light…
Easy and affordable way to test your knowledge and you can bring them everywhere and revise. Especially useful when trying to assimilate different facts, dates, formulas or vocabulary.
A way of organizing information in the form of a diagram which helps you remember and can also be used for brainstorming, outlining essays or study topics and for exam preparation.
Take practice tests
A good way to test your knowledge and to see where you need to focus more. Also, it’s proven that students retain 50% more information after taking practice tests.
Listen to music
It is up to you whether you will put some musical background.
Many people find it easier to recall images rather than text, that is why they are better able to memorize concepts if they associate them with pictures or drawings.
It is a memory tool which is especially useful when memorizing lists and sets. How it works: associating certain concepts with other concepts that are more familiar to us. Many of the mnemonics engage images, senses, emotions, and patterns. Learn some useful practices here.
Track your progress
You can try to keep a checklist for each subject area you intend to cover. This will help you stay more focused and organized.
The purpose of all the mentioned tips is to give ideas and inspiration. Not all of the advice might work out for you. Take into account your personal characteristics and preferences and try out different strategies to find out which are the best for you.