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There are many ways to study, and each of us has our favorite method. They may work really well or to a certain extent, something you know only when you take your exam and your grades are out. However, there are certain techniques of study that are guaranteed to work, no matter what. And if you’d like to try them out, read on to know when study is most successful:

  • When you study to teach others: In order to teach someone effectively, you need to be really good at and understand the subject you’re supposed to be teaching. If you’re half-baked, there’s no way you can explain they why and the how of the lesson or course. So take on the responsibility of tutoring a few of your classmates or helping them out with their study sessions, and you’re guaranteed to study more effectively. Besides, when you teach them what you’ve studied, it’s like you’re revising it over and over again; this allows you to remember what you’ve learned more effectively.
  • When your future depends on it: If there comes a situation when you must succeed at your exams at all costs; when it’s a matter of financial wisdom (you must pass or you’re going to be deep in debt), when your dream job is on the line (you’re assured of it if only you secure a certain grade in your finals), or when you know it’s your last chance to pass your exams, you tend to study harder than you have before. While you may not be studying effectively and in the least possible time, you will go all out and do what it takes to pass your exams with good grades. Nothing works better than the pressure to succeed. However, there is a downside to this situation – you must be prepared to deal with the stress that it could cause; if not, you could end up suffering a nervous breakdown. Adrenaline is good, but too much of it is unmanageable.
  • When you’re interested in and have a flair for the subject: Everyone knows that rote memorization never really works and can only take you so far, not unless you have an eidetic memory and can remember every single word you’ve read or heard. And unless you’re genuinely interested in the subject you’re studying and unless you can understand the principles and theory quickly and easily, you’re going to end up memorizing stuff. So choose subjects that you love and which love you – you don’t have to struggle too hard to ace your exams.

Studying techniques are personal – one man’s meat could be another’s poison; so know what works for you, and focus on doing it effectively.

This guest post is contributed by Carrie Oakley, who writes on the topic of online college. Carrie welcomes your comments at her email: carrie.oakley1983(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

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