Where do you study most often
Soon it will be that time again: The next exam phase is coming up! For most, that means an abundance of caffeine, sleepless nights, and the occasional panic breakout. At the end of each semester, we try to cram all of the material into our brains in record time in order to then unload it during the exam. It's the same game over and over again. But there is another way! We'll show you the 5 most common mistakes in learning and how to do it right.
1st mistake: you study alone
Many students like to study for themselves. Of course, this has the advantage that you work more concentrated. However, it can happen that you get lost in the lecture material and that important aspects are not taken into account.
The advantage of a study group is that you can work on the lecture material together and ask each other questions. Often the best way to remember things is to talk about them. Even if you have already mastered the material, it is helpful to explain it to others in order to internalize what you have learned. You don't have to sit down for the entire day, usually just a few hours are enough to exchange ideas.
2. Mistake: You limit yourself to your summary
A summary can be very helpful! It gives you an overview and summarizes the most important contents of the lecture. Nevertheless, caution is advised here! You shouldn't just rely on the summary. After all, the material from the entire semester is only condensed into a few pages. You will lose important information and details.
For good exam preparation you should therefore look at the complete learning materials and see the summary as a guide to remind yourself of what you have learned. Because the small details are also important in order to understand the big picture.
3. Mistake: You do not set the right priorities
You are about to have countless exams and you don't know where to start? In order to be able to cope with all the input from the semester, it is important to set the right priorities. That means you have to set priorities and recognize which content is important and which you can neglect. This has nothing to do with laziness, but rather an intelligent tactic.
In order to set the right focus, it is important to exchange ideas with fellow students. Where do your fellow students focus and why? You can also address your lecturers directly. Maybe they'll give you a tip or two.
In addition, it is of course always helpful to look at old exams. You can find these, for example, free of charge on StuDocu, together with many other learning materials for your degree program.
4. Mistake: You don't have an overview of the subject matter
We have some materials available for exam preparation: textbooks, scripts, slides and exercises. With so much information, it's easy to lose track.
In the exam it is not only important to know the individual contents, but also to bring them together. For this, it is important during the preparation that you keep reminding yourself why it is actually possible. What is the real problem / issue? What am I working towards and what's next? At the beginning, make a plan where you show and combine the various topics.
5th mistake: you learn by heart
Learning by heart is arguably the most fatal mistake of all! Although this type of learning is practiced by many students, it is very ineffective. Learning by heart will not bring you success in the exam because you do not understand what you have learned and you cannot apply it to problems. It is also very tedious and exhausting. Of course, this does not mean learning technical terms or formulas, but rather learning by heart complex topics and facts.
When studying, it is important that you understand and internalize the content. So you don't even have to learn things by heart. It is best to try to team up with your fellow students and tell them what you have learned. This is the easiest way to memorize facts.
Learning can be very tedious and annoying - but with the right techniques you can at least make it a little easier for yourself. Your motivation should definitely go beyond the exam. After all, during your studies you want to learn for your future, your future profession. It's about you, your goals and willpower. If you follow our tips, nothing stands in the way of success!
How do you learn? If you have any more tips about learning, please leave us a comment!
I wish you success!
About the author
Susanne Engstle is responsible for the marketing and press work at UVK Verlag in Munich.
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