How to study the right way: 6 tips by our experts

01/08/2020 Amari Lindroos

TIP 1: Planning will make (or break) you.

Some might say that deadline stress is a good motivator. But international research shows that good planning and time management is a key factor of success.


That’s what we wanted to know. As it turns out, our memory needs a break every now and then. Those occasional pauses enable it to keep effectively storing new material. So basically, the earlier you start studying, the more time you’ll have, and the better your brain will handle anything you throw at it.

Breaks work. If you want to pass your exam, take the occasional moment to clear your mind and de-load.

TIP 2: Read actively.

As you probably know, reading and re-reading something is a pretty common way to study.

Surprisingly, that’s not a great way to study. Research shows that someone who has read a text 2-3 times doesn’t actually know it much better than someone that only read it once.

Why? Because we’re naturally lazy. When we’re reading something we’re familiar with, our brains start skipping over it and we lose focus.

So what should you do?

There are ways you can stay focused. You can take active notes and highlight sections of text. Or summarize any new material and create diagrams connecting it to information you already know. Seeing the big picture and envisioning the course as a whole will help you fit individual pieces of information.

TIP 3: Question everything

The closer the exam, the more students start doing this. But it’s really important to do it the entire time.

Do you fully understand the new chapter? If not, should you e-mail your teacher and ask them? Or maybe Google it?

You absolutely should. Sometimes, we don’t really understand a paragraph or a page, and we think “that’s fine”.

It’s not fine. The course material is interconnected. It’s like a puzzle- you need all the pieces there in order to see the big picture. And remember- the pieces aren’t just important for your exam. They’re what you’ll need to know once you start your new career!

TIP 4: Relate to the lessons

Remembering something means storing it in your long-term memory. And that’s actually much easier than it seems.

For each chapter, think about how the information is relevant to you, specifically. Why you need to know it, how you can use it in the future. Research shows that information is much easier to digest if you can link it to an event you’re involved in. Not only will this help you learn, it’ll also make it more enjoyable!

TIP 5: Practice makes perfect

Our courses are very practically-oriented, and each one contains a number of practical exercises. Use that. Practice, practice. Then practice some more.

By immediately putting your knowledge to use, you’re retaining it better. Also, testing yourself is a good way to find out where you’re at, what you know and what you need to focus on.

TIP 6: Sleep

Storing information is so easy, you can actually do it with your eyes closed!

You actually can, and that’s probably the best tip we can give you. Your brain needs sleep to organize and process new information. Even if you’re planning on a night out right before your exam, it’s more important to get some sleep in. You’ll be better rested, fresher, and you’ll be surprised by how well you can remember everything you crammed the day before.

You’ve got this!

Good luck with your next exam!

The eCampus team


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