Many people complain that even studying hard, the expected result does not come. But why does this happen? Each one has its way of learning and sometimes it is difficult to find it!

However, it is important to remember that, first of all, the environment in which you will study has to be organized, quiet, and preferably that your mind is rested, so you can better explore its capacity.

In this article, you will find, in addition to the best study techniques, some tools that will help you organize and boost your learning.

 

Pomodoro

 

The technique created by Francesco Cirillo consists of the study divided into blocks, with total concentration at a given time and interspersed breaks. The name is due to the tomato format timer (pomodoro, in Italian), which was used to manage the time in the experiment.

According to the experiment, the most appropriate time would be 25 minutes to study or perform a given activity, always trying to reach 100% of the concentration. And when the timer is over, 5 minutes of rest are given to refresh the head before starting the next pomodoro.

However, the ideal is for each person to take tests to find their perfect study time. In addition, rest time may be longer if the task was very tough.

But before starting the pomodoro, it is necessary to plan the tasks you want to accomplish, to focus on them only.

Oh! And it is also important to let people know that you are in a "state of pomodoro", so that you won’t be interrupted during your time of concentration.

There are some websites and applications that can help you track the  time of pomodoro:

 

  • Tomatoid: Tomatoid is an easy to use website. Just give the play and start your task, but you can pause if necessary. In addition, you can create and categorize your tasks, assign priority, and set expiration dates.

  • Tomato Timer: This is a simpler but more functional version. You can start and stop the timer, give short or longer breaks, or restart the timer. When the time runs out, the site informs through an on-screen notification and a beep.

  • Pomodoro Timer Lite: This is an app with an objective and simplified interface.  It allows you to create a task list and soon the 25-minute timer can be started. In your first pomodoro, you’ll have the interval of 5 minutes, and for every 4 pomodoros, the interval will be of 30 minutes, for a greater rest.  

  • Be Focused: Be Focused is an application for iOS. With it you can customize interval time, create tasks and track your development throughout the day.

 

In specific cases, such as creative work and writing, pomodoro may not be the best technique.

 

Trello

 

A tool that can be very useful for organizing your studies is Trello. You can customize your interface by creating activity frames, which can be divided according to the type of task.

In each frame can be added cards, where lists are made highlighting priorities, so that the study is directed and objective. And it can still be shared, if desired, so that a group of people also have access to it.

To store the contents and materials studied separately, it is allowed to insert images, save links, add attachments and write comments. In addition, you can create checklists and determine deadlines for delivering activities.

Tip: To boost your studies, you can use the platform Pomello, that works with the Pomodoro technique, but with the differential of being integrated with Trello.

 

Issuu

 

To study for exams, it is often necessary to look beyond conventional books. There is an app called Issuu, where you'll find magazines, books and e-books to increase the range of learning possibilities.

Just search for the chosen theme that the app indicates the materials! And if you're going to run out of the internet, you just have to download the contents before you can access them offline.

 

Establishing Indicators

 

It is not enough to just read the book, make summaries and watch video lessons if you do not put your learning into practice! It is important to do a practical test on the topic to see if you have really internalized the content.

Try to separate 10 to 15 exercises to solve as soon as you finish studying a particular subject, preferably those that have an answer, to know if you are doing well.

So, after you've finished all the chapters, you'll have pointers to pinpoint which topics you had the most difficulty to focus on.  

 

Listen and learn

 

Easier than watching a video, just listen to it! In general, podcasts and audios on certain subjects are very easy to find. Listening to podcasts is a very cool technique for absorbing content, especially when time is short.

There are platforms where you can download podcasts of subjects that interest you, and listen when you want, such as SoundCloud and Spotify.

However, you can record your audios yourself, giving explanations in your own words! So, in addition to elaborating oral summaries on the subject in your own way, you can listen when you study the same content again.

In addition, audiobooks can also be great options for those who have difficulty concentrating at the time of reading. They can be found, for example, in the Ubook and Audiobooks Saraiva.

 

Forms everywhere

 

This technique is a good one for anyone who is studying for exact science tests. Even if you have no difficulty in memorizing, sometimes one or another formula escapes people's heads, right?

One tip is to get all of them and make a very complete form with all you need, and take multiple copies. Then just paste the forms into several places so you can always keep an eye on them and make it easier to memorize.

In addition to the forms, post-its can also be used. Put it in the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom, the notebooks and wherever else you want!

 

At the right time

 

Everyone knows that solving exercises at home, without pressure and with time, is much calmer than at the time H. But there is a very interesting technique to try to bring a little of this reality when it comes to studying.

Take an old test and mark the time that is given to take the test in the timer. Start solving it and see if you are extrapolating the time!

If you're spending more time than you have available, you already know you need to focus your thinking or create another strategy with your time!

Do not forget to set aside some time to fill out the answer sheet (if there is one)!

 

Productive hours

 

You have to know what time of the day our brain is more likely to absorb content. This way the study becomes less tiring and more productive.

For this, it is good to test it during the week, at different times. Preferably interspersing reading and exercises, paying attention to their performance. So after a few tests you will find your most productive time of the day.

However, many people are not available to study at certain times, on account of work and appointments. In this case, it is necessary to adapt to the free time, starting gradually and increasing the time gradually.

 

Your Words

 

The summary, while currently being rated as lower-utility, can still help many students prepare for the exams.

However, to be more effective, make notes during class and while you read the book, just after this write the summary. It should be done with your own words, according to what you understood, and if possible with key words.

That way, you can gather the most important information from the content and have it at your disposal to check whenever possible.

 

Mind Maps

 

This is a good technique for people who have a good visual memory, but as the summary, it is essential that you make your own!

In general, the mind map is a summary with striking images related to the subject, so that you can relate the figure to the knowledge in your head.

However, the text is much smaller, preferably using keywords to characterize the content.

Therefore, to do it, simply choose a theme, which should be highlighted in a A4 sheet, and write small topics on the subject, drawing figures that illustrate these topics intuitively.

It is interesting to make diagrams and arrows to give a sequence to the topics, and is also good if you put some color on it in order to attract more attention.

 

Six Sigma

 

Well, Six Sigma brings great results to companies, so why not apply it as a method of study?

The Six Sigma philosophy is based on the DMAIC method, which stands for Definition, Measurement, Analysis, Improve and Control. So let's see how it fits into your study routine:

 

  • Define: Define your goals and plan what content you will need to study, highlighting your priorities.

  • Measure: in this stage you will carry out your studies (readings, summaries, exercises ...), obtaining the necessary data to absorb the content.

  • Analyze: therefore, an analysis should be done to identify the topics that were the most difficult, usually those that you solve fewer exercises or could not even solve them.

  • Improve: Knowing where the problem spots are, you'll solve them by learning to learn different materials, solving more exercises, or even asking for help from others.

  • Control: Control must be done to make sure the improvements have been achieved, in addition to checking the other contents, to see if you're still on them!

 

Ready to ace the test?

 

 

The ideal at study time for any test is to try to merge techniques in order to find the best way to study, and thus achieve the expected result.

So test these techniques, see which of them you identify with, or even create yours! I'm sure some of them will help you reach your goal.

Do you practice other study techniques? Leave a comment below so we can learn better!