Many families suffer from their children’s bad studying and not remembering the information they studied during the classes or while doing their homework. As well as facing difficulties during exams. All these problems lead to having grades that are not up to the student and parent’s expectations. They often complain about their inability to study because of not knowing the methods and solutions to study efficiently.
Determining the obstacles
First of all, there must be difficulties that can be an obstacle to studying. It is necessary that these obstacles be discovered, controlled, and then overcomed in order to study efficiently. Among these difficulties are the following :
-Inability to focus while studying. You lose your time in moving from one lesson to another and from one subject to another without studying anything.
-The accumulation of lessons, and your inability to organize time to complete your lessons and study properly. You can find some tips to overcome this problem in this article how to organise your time.
-Your dislike of some school subjects because they are not likable to yourself
– Believing the words of losers and bad friends that these subjects are so hard that no one can understand them.
-Bad friends who waste your time doing nonsense fun things while you have to be studying. Having fun is not prohibited, in fact, you have to enjoy from one time to another and take a rest to avoid brain burning . However, wasting all your day with this kind of friends is something you have to avoid
-Anxiety and tension resulting from family or emotional problems. Those problems can distract the mind and affect your ability to study well and progress.
Steps you have to take to study efficiently :
To achieve your goals through effective study that leads you to what you aspire and your family to succeed and excel, you must go through four important stages:
-Total reading of the lesson
-Conservation and study
First: a total reading of the lesson
The first step to study efficiently is to start your study by reading the lesson in general and quickly in order to familiarise with its contents and topics, and you must follow these instructions:
-Divide the lesson into large main headings, and divide each main heading into smaller subheadings, and save them to form a general overall picture of the lesson in your mind and to achieve coherence between its parts.
-Read the lesson in total and quickly before proceeding to read it in detail and study it carefully, which helps to speed memorization and increases the ability to concentrate.
-studying illustrations, diagrams, and summary tables, and trying to answer some general exercises and direct questions about the lesson.
Second: memorization and study
The golden rule to achieve the highest grades and best results in any subject is: (memorize, then memorize, then memorize). Despite the importance of understanding in the study process, no matter what your ability to comprehend, you must memorize the information that you will put in the exam, and many smart students fail because of their reliance on comprehension only without memorization, unlike some medium-intelligence students who were able to excel in the exams relying on their superior ability to memorize and a little understanding even in the most accurate subjects such as mathematics. The following are important instructions that help you to properly preserve the information:
-Know the main points of the lesson, underline it, and read it again until it sticks in your mind and memory. Understand the laws, rules, equations, theories, etc. well and then memorize them.
-List questions that summarize the different parts of the lesson, then answer them in writing and verbally.
-Divide long materials into coherent units that are easy to understand and memorize as a coherent unit
Many students think that reading the lesson, understanding it and trying to memorize it is sufficient, but when they try to answer one of the questions in the exams, they stand baffled and say: (I know that I have the answer), but they cannot answer, due to their neglect of the recitation process and their lack of awareness of its importance, which is as follows: :
-Recitation reveals to you your weaknesses and mistakes, as it is a mirror of your memory.
-It is a powerful way to stabilize information and increase the ability to remember for a longer period.
-It is a successful treatment for the inability to concentrate, as the student who studies without recitation forgets after one day an amount equal to what the student who recites after 36 days forgets.
-Recitation methods differ according to the study subject and the way each student study, but the best methods of recitation are the ones that are similar to the method that you will use in the exam, and among the most important methods of recitation are the following:
By writing the main points, laws, rules, illustrations, their data, etc., and making sure of what you write by referring to the book, and when writing to recite you should not be concerned with improving your handwriting or arrangement and organization, but write quickly and in large writing so that you get used to the audacity in writing and the ability to correct your mistakes
It is the easiest and fastest way, thes are some tips to achieve the best results:
-If you are hearing yourself, you should refer to the book in the sections you are not sure of.
-Reciting with a colleague is better than reciting yourself.
-Recitation as a discussion and an attempt to explain the lesson.
-Trust in yourself and in your memory and its ability to keep the informations you read.
Fourth: the review
reviewing is one of the key steps to study efficiently as it has many benefits, the most important of which is the fixation of information, and the ease of retrieving it again when you are asked about it. Also, reviewing previous lessons regularly helps you to fully understand what is emerging from them and in less time than the previous ones, so how is the review done? We will explain it in a number of points, the most important of which are:
-Do not try to review all the lessons at once, but rather divide them into successive stages.
-Browse the big headings first, then subheadings, while trying to remember the important points.
-Try to write down the main points of the lesson, laws, equations, grammar, and the like.
-Answer some comprehensive questions, preferably from the previous exam questions.
-The review can be in a group by asking questions and answering them with some colleagues, which increases your enthusiasm and your ability to remember and recall.
-Try to make the time between your last review of the unit longer each time. This method was scientifically proved that it helps you fix the information better. This technique is called spaced repetition.