Hi everyone, it’s nice to see you back on my website. In this article I am going to explain the best way to remember all your study material. It’s possible that you spend hours and hours on reading or summarizing your book but as soon as you get the test, you don’t remember anything or you do remember some things but not enough to properly answer the question. There are two types of studying: active and passive. Both of them are important but in order to remember the material accurately for the test/exam you need to study actively. I am going to explain both methods in this article, which is hopefully going to help you to understand your own study methods better and maybe even improve them.
Before I am going to explain them, I want to clarify that this method does work for a lot of courses, but not all of them. Subjects like maths require other types of studying like practicing to solve problems. For most of the law courses that I follow, this method works perfectly.
The first type of studying is passive studying. In this method, your attitude towards studying is rather passive. Examples of passive studying are reading and annotating. You read/annotate a book and you understand what it’s saying but you wouldn’t be able to explain what you just read to another person. Passive studying is important because you understand all the study material and it is overall a great way to prepare yourself for the real studying.
The second type is active studying. When you are studying this way, you are actively busy with the study material. You are able to tell what your book says when you are done with studying and so you are able to answer questions on your exam. When you are actively studying, you read your study material and when you finish your book/chapter/paragraph you close your book and try to retell what you just learned. You kind of pretend like you are a teacher explaining the material to students who don’t know a thing about that subject. If you succeed at explaining everything to your ‘class’ without having to check your book because you didn’t remember something, you know you studied well. A couple examples of active studying are: the teacher method, doing quizzes with your friends/classmates, quizzlet and flashcards. All these methods require you to actively think about the material and remember it. If you understand the material and you can explain it to someone else, you are ready for the exam! Little side note: you do not have to learn the study material by heart. Explaining the material in your own words is even better because you are not copying the words in your book but explaining it in your own way.
I hope this article was helpful to you. Have a lovely and productive day!