15 Best study hacks for students to increase productivity and performance
1. Our body have different rhythms and body cycles, I want to discuss here particularly about ultradian rhythm we go through every day.
When the ultradian rhythm is at peak level for 90 to 120 minutes, we experience more focused, energetic and motivated and then we see drop in energy during a period of 20 to 30minutes.
And most of us don’t even know the ultradian rhythm cycle exists in our daily life.
During a period of 20-30 minutes many take caffeine or sugar things that makes us even more difficult to get back to this cycle. if we just relax for about 20 to 30minutes, the energy cycle comes back fully all by itself, naturally. For relaxing you can have stretching exercises, power naps or listening to relaxing music etc.
2.Peppermint stimulates the hippocampus area of the brain which controls memory and clarity. Helps you in paying attention in performing your task.
3.Using highlighter helps in understanding your material easier. Use different colours highlighter and assign each colour for a specific purpose for example light green for definitions and headings yellow.
4.Study your lessons as if you have to explain it to someone in your own words, that someone maybe your friend, sister or mother. By doing this you understand your lessons much better.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. Albert Einstein
5.Download the Photomath App, it lets you take pictures of math problem by using your smartphone camera and displays the correct solution directly onscreen. Photomath currently supports arithmetic, linear equations, decimal numbers, fractions and logarithms.
6.Positive thinking: Instead of telling yourself that must not forget something, tell yourself that you must remember it. If you worry more about forgetting, the chances are you will. Focus on what you want not what you don’t want.
7.Mind blank in the exams what to do? if your mind goes blank in the exam hall just close your eyes and simply imagine where you were when you learnt it. Which book was it in? where was it on the page? Where you were sitting and learning that particular topic? Just by answering these questions it is very likely that you jog your memory and remember it.
8. Copy and paste your text material on google translate and listen for any errors
9.Coggle is an online free mind map tool excellent for students to prepare notes creatively and best for revisions. It allows you to mind map in different colours.
10.Scientists at Japan’s Chiba university found that students increased reaction time by 7 percent by chewing gum. Chewing gum increases our reaction time may be because the jaw muscles stimulate areas of the brain, including premotor cortex within the frontal lobe, which is involved in executing limb movements.
11.Normally, a person can read on an average 200 words per minute. You can increase your reading speed without taking any course. You will see great improvement if you don’t say each word in your mind as you read. Here what you can do to avoid this in the following way: move your index finger along the lines and follow the finger with your eyes.
12.This is interesting part for students, I personally feel to increase memory and concentration. If you don’t think about what you read, you won’t learn anything. You learn only when you have mentally grasped the meaning of the words that they will remain stored in your memory.
It is proven that IQ alone is not decisive for human mental capacity. Instead the critical factor is the way in which people absorb information. So, what is the best way for you absorb information?
Quite simple: pose questions to the text, such as what I read and how does everything connect? What do I actually want to do with the information which I have absorbed, and what use is it to me?
13. Quizlet App is the easiest and effective way for studying languages, history, science and vocabulary. I can say its excellent Flashcard app for students
14.Listening to certain music can affect your long-term memory, your critical thinking and overall it improves your mental performance. Mozart music improves mental performance and listening natural sounds like rain, birds chirping, waves while studying helps you. Download Spotify app you can choose hundreds of relaxing natural sounds from there.
15.Brain wave tests show that inhaling scents of rosemary and basil might give you the extra edge that can earn A+ memory. Keep that scents in mind when it comes to taking tests or when you are in other situations requiring high brain performance.