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Two or three heads think better than one, and this principle also applies to studying.

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3 - Learn how to engage in active reading

Reading is not learning. Five hours spent passively reading will do nothing for you.

4 - Keep a notepad for questions and doubts and make sure to cross out
something every single day

Sometimes we let one question go unanswered and we find it again... during our
final exam. Don't let that happen!

5 - Skip the rewriting and invest in mind-mapping

This will create better connections between concepts and topics. Your brain will
thank you in the end.

6 - Create outlines for your classes

Going to class after previously going through the main points of that lecture will
allow you to understand everything much better.

7 - Create answer guides before exams

Sometimes studying the theory will not help us get that 5* answer. Know how to
structure a problem and the key points to include in your answer.

8 - Set study goals in terms of information retention and not time spent studying

Instead of setting the goal of studying for 2 hours, set the goal to learn a chapter,
even if you do it under 20 minutes.

9 - Learn more about your optimal review interval (7 revisions process):

1st review: 1 day after learning the new information


2nd review: 3 days after the 1st review
3rd review: 7 days after the 2nd review
4th review: 21 days after the 3rd review
5th review: 30 days after the 4th review
6th review: 45 days after the 5th review
7th review: 60 days after the 6th review

10 - Stop multitasking

It won't do anything good for you. I promise.

11 - Silence or turn off your phone while you are studying

This goes hand in hand with the multitasking thing. Instead of scrolling for 1 minute
study breaks, just focus on studying for 30 minutes and then scroll for another
15 minutes. Instant reward.

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12 - Focus on compressing information instead of expanding it

You want to summarise what you are learning instead of expanding on it.
Expansion will make your exams harder and answer structure more complex.

13 - Short bursts of focused studying are good, long periods of


passive reading are not

It's more important to give it 110% while you are studying then spending hours
on end looking at your textbook.

14 - Study out loud

It will do a better job retaining the information than you usually would reading
your notes. It will take a while but it will make a big difference.
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15 - Find a friend to tutor regularly