Sometimes it makes sense that the word “dying” is the last five letters of studying. But in order to ace that continuing education exam, and earn your CEU credits, you have to put in the effort. However, studying doesn’t have to be hard. With the right tools and tricks, you can study more easily and pass tests with flying colors. Use these A+ study tips to help you expand your professional skills and successfully earn the certifications you need.
7 Simple Study Tips to Boost Your Learning
Tip #1: If there is a study guide, fill it out completely. Then take all the material and make flash cards and give yourself a quiz. This is one of the most effective ways to learn the material. Make two piles of flashcards, one of everything you know and ones you are unsure of or do not know. Then focus more on the unsure pile.
Tip #2: Once you slim down the unsure pile and there are still some you are not 100% on write down the question and answer over and over again until it is ingrained in your memory. Research suggests we store information more securely when we write it out by hand than when we type it. Start by recopying the most important notes onto a new sheet of paper.
Tip #3: Give yourself incentives. Tell yourself once you learn a certain part of the material you will reward yourself with something like a candy bar, a walk outside, or time on social media. But once your reward is over, go straight back to the same material and see if you can remember everything perfectly. If there is something you are struggling on, it’s your brain’s way of telling you what you need to review more.
Tip #4: Speaking of incentives, be sure to utilize a timer when studying. This will help you to limit your reward time so you don’t get too far off track, as well as help you maintain your focus during long study sessions. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that can help you focus and take breaks in a productive way. Try using an app like the Bear Focus Timer to help you try this technique of 25 minutes of focus, 5 minutes of break time.
Tip #5: Create a dedicated study space. Having a special place just for this purpose will help you to automatically get into “study mode”. Whether you prefer a little background noise (like in a coffee shop) or tota silence (a quiet bedroom or library), find the space that works for you and stick with it every time you need to buckle down and study for a test.
Tip #6: If you are chewing gum while studying, chew the same gum while taking the test. This is a practice that dates back to the Neolithic period, but it was bark they were chewing. This 5,000-year-old study tip is proven to improve memory recall, alertness, and brain function in general. It works because chewing increases blood flow to the brain, and the smell of minty gum improves memory.
Tip #7: Take deep breaths. Don’t let the material stress you out. Studying and pre-test jitters are real and it can be relaxing to control your breathing. Stand up, take a deep breath, relax, meditate. Do whatever works best for you. More oxygen to the brain will keep you focused and alert as well as reduce tension in your body.
Although it may seem like the material you are memorizing is pointless, every time you study you are actually learning what study tips work best for you. And there is not a better feeling than getting an A! Sign up to receive emails from The CEU Group to enhance your professionalism and stay informed!
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