By Hannah

I am going to start this post off with the cliché “oh-my-gosh-where-has-the-time-gone” classic. This semester has just flown by. It’s now the middle of March, and you know what that means – finals are soon. Judging from how fast the rest of the semester has gone, I am going to guess these next three weeks are going to pass quickly, too. In the spirit of the season, this week I am going to share four different study styles – which I have personally tested and debunked!

A laptop and textbooks on a desk

1. Colour coding

Maybe it’s my love of colour; maybe it’s my easily distracted nature. Either way, I have found this extremely helpful. I assign colours to every component of my research so they’re easier to access. For example, my colour for important people is green, and my colour for terms is pink. My eighth grade teacher told me that colours activate more parts of your brain so you retain more, and while I can’t vouch for the truth of that, it certainly is more fun. And more fun = more effective.

2. Multi-sense studying

For this method, instead of simply just reading your text, say it out loud. Listen to a podcast on the topic, or search YouTube to see if there is a visual for it. Take notes, and explain them to others. If you’re alone, walk around your house and pretend you’re lecturing someone. I have found this study style incredibly effective. I pace around my house and talk about the topic like I’m having a conversation with a friend.  I may look crazy, but I definitely remember more!

A bookshelf in a library

3. Continuous summarizing

This is when you take notes and write a summary on them. Then take your summary and summarize that. I have found this particularly helps if you don’t look at the information you had previously summarized, so you can go on memory and compare your first summary to the next.

4. Exercise and study…simultaneously

If you’ve been to the AC or Hart House, I am sure you’ve seen this. People particularly like studying on the stationary bikes, and the ones who manage it on the treadmills are heroes in my eyes. I’ve tried this and can’t seem to manage it. I like exercise time to be when I don’t have to think about my studies. That being said – I have found it useful to listen to recordings of my notes when I am running or walking!

There are so many different study styles, and I can’t try them all! But I’d like to know if you have an effective “study style” I’ve yet to try! Let me know on our Facebook page, and happy studying!