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  • Mishti Chhabria

Unconventional Study Hacks

Stress, pressure, and heightened anxiety comes hand in hand with the exam season, not to mention the daunting stacks of books to sift through. Sometimes, we aren't sure where to begin or how to make studying easier for us. Times like these are when unconventional study hacks come to use! Each individual learns uniquely, resulting in a myriad of methods to help us in the process of memorization and revision. These methods can speed up the process, and help us study efficiently and effectively.

The Pomodoro Technique involves 25-minute work intervals followed by 5-minute breaks. It helps students enhance focus and ensures regular breaks, promoting efficiency without causing strain. This method accelerates task completion, boosts productivity, and is particularly beneficial for easily distracted, overwhelmed students, or procrastinators.

Another great method is Active Recall which makes us retrieve information from our brain. Active Recall involves retrieving information from our brain, strengthening long-term memory retention. Instead of rote learning, we test our knowledge by writing everything we remember about a topic, a technique called Blurting. After, we review what we missed, highlighting areas to focus on. This approach is especially beneficial for logical thinkers, enhancing confidence and efficiency.

The Feynman Method is one of the most effective methods to truly unlock one's potential and develop a deeper understanding. In this method, we select a concept to learn and then after learning it explain or teach it to a friend. This way we can review and refine our understanding.Visual and conceptual learners who prefer to truly grasp the essence of a topic rather than skimming on the surface can get amazing results from this method.

A simple yet effective method to revise better is making flashcards. The flashcards will have points or keywords written on them which make it easy when revising a topic. Using attractive colours to write down information and using symbols for words along with drawing mind maps will make the process enjoyable and motivate us. Subjects that require memorization and quick revisions can be studied using flashcards.

Aside from these methods, little things like staying organised and keeping your study area clean, putting on some calming music, lighting a scented candle, making a to-do list, and sipping on a coffee can prove to be effective to stay productive while studying. These things will maintain our interest and make sure we don't get tired easily. Studying is definitely something we don't often look forward to, but these little tips and tricks can surely change that. The inspiration and drive to work harder that these methods give is truly unmatched!

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