So, since I was in high school I struggled with finding the best way to study and, very important, the best time to study (in the morning, the afternoon, evening or night). I've read a lot about the most effective ways to study and I found some.
1. Study while writing
Well, you may feel like you are wasting so much time with this one, but believe me, for some people, this method is the best. There are some people with kinetic intelligence. It's true. They like to write, make sketches, even gesticulating helps them. Interesting isn't it?
2. Use your visual memory
There are some people (me included) with good visual memory. These have good imagination. For example, when I study I like to make a little movie inside my head. Sounds crazy, I know, but it helps. I am making little stories, I imagine everything like a short movie (for example, I was studying physiology and the subject was the absorption of the lipids in the small intestine and I even imagine every enzyme and every substance as little characters in an animation movie). Some of us have great, great imagination!
3. Using flash cards
This one is a no no though! Let me explain you why: If you are using flash cards you will activate your short term memory...not a good thing, but if you are late and tomorrow morning you have to sustain an exam...well you'll have to memorize the material mechanically. But for a long term memory, don't do this.
This one is very effective. You can write some questions related to the chapter you're reading. After you've read the chapter (and understand it) you will answer those questions. See what is it unclear and what you've understood and insist on those paragraphs you're struggling with.It's a good method and I heard a lot of students use that.
5. Study groups
This one is awesome! Find some colleagues and talk with them about the subject. Make questions, discuss them. Explain the others the subject. You know you master one subject when you can make others understand that subject too. It's the best way to study, in my opinion.
Now to talk a little about the best time to study. I am curious and encourage you to comment on this subject. Everyone have their own biorhythm: some study better at night, some at day. I personally am more active in the morning. It's fascinating how we, people, are so different. I have a lot of colleagues that study better at night. But how about you?
What is your study method? Do you find my methods here helpful? Share your opinions!