In this day and age, people make use of technology to make everyday tasks easier. Unfortunately, technology is a double-edged sword and the negative effects are becoming more and more apparent. In the context of studying, students are presented with new methods of studying and taking down notes. There are also revolutionary ways of improving memory using mobile applications. The sad part is that technology has also presented them with so many distractions that may ultimately offset the benefits of the applications of technology for education.
Needless to say that personal responsibility and accountability is put to the test because of this. And in more ways than one, students still fall back to time-tested methods of improving their learning. It doesn’t mean students have to stick to obsolete methods, however. But instead, in a way to incorporate them to the context of the modern age. Here are some examples.
- Allocate consistent study time.
It’s easy to put off studying buy procrastinating endlessly. There is a non-committal to studying if there is no quantifiable quota to work on. This is why the simple act of setting a certain number of hours a day of for the entire week can do wonders. There is an obligation to fulfill the self-imposed quota. However, it goes without saying that most people will still not be able to comply their own hours. This is where technology comes in. There are programs and applications that can be set to notify a person that they need to start with their study schedule. There are also timers that can help students duke it and review their notes until the timer runs out.
- Take important notes.
Listening to the teacher or professor is supposedly better than jotting down notes the entire lecture. To a great extent, this is true. Notes without context of the lecture are almost useless. Conversely, lectures can easily be forgotten without any notes to back it up. Students struggle to keep a good balance between the two especially those who are too caught up in organizing their notes into hierarchical subtopics that they can ogle after their lecture. Such is the problem with physical notebooks. But with devices like tablets and laptops, students can randomly take down important notes during a lecture and do their organizing when they get home. This removes the dilemma of listening versus jotting down. Check out helpful sites on how to optimize note taking on electronic devices and learn more here.
- Studying with a group has its advantages, even for introverts.
Group studies can be very fun, which means it can either be a great way to learn or waste time. Some people prefer to study with friends because they can help each other out with things they don’t understand from their subjects. Introverts may indeed learn better when they are alone, but they will miss out on things like testing one another’s comprehension of the subject matter. Fortunately, they can participate in group studies at the comfort of their bedroom. Thanks to the internet and message boards, they can interact with people who are also trying to learn the same subject.