Here are our top tips on how to study smarter and not harder.

Don’t miss a class

‘A’ students never miss a class. They also never miss the beginning or end of a class, because important announcements about exams and projects are often made then.

The biggest thing I can say is do NOT solely focus on how long you study for. There’s a reason ‘work smart not hard’ is a cliche. If you make your studying more efficient you can get more done in less time.

Studying. TV suggests this free audio book which helps you improve your speed reading and memory. You can listen to it while you sleep and it has thousands of great reviews behind it: [Memory Hack] Twice the Results in Half the Time

That alone should be a game changer for most peoples studying.

Review your notes quickly and often

After a lecture or class, read through your notes quickly again. It helps store the information in your long-term memory.

Organise your notes visually

It helps to re-write the key points of a class or subject as a diagram try using a mind-map or flow chart, or colour coding key elements of the topic.

Plan ahead

Make sure you allow enough time for assignments and exam revision. At the beginning of each term, note down due dates and exam dates on a planner, and schedule in time for research, editing and final review.

Explain things to others

It helps you get things clearer in your head if you try to explain your answers verbally to people who do not know much about the subject.

Get together with a study group

You can still have a social life and study get together with your friends and a pizza, and share ideas or test each other. You might get a new perspective on a topic, or work out a better way to approach an assignment.

Test your teachers

Question your teachers before an exam, make sure you know exactly what will be covered and what type of questions you should expect. They may have some practice papers you can try first.

Feed your brain and stay healthy

Eat well. Good brain food includes fish, nuts, blueberries and yoghurt. Get enough sleep, and plan in some active time to keep fit.

Source: Study smarter, not harder: Top 10 study tips | Study. Link

The biggest thing I can say is do NOT solely focus on how long you study for. There’s a reason ‘work smart not hard’ is a cliche. If you make your studying more efficient you can get more done in less time.

Studying. TV suggests this free audio book which helps you improve your speed reading and memory. You can listen to it while you sleep and it has thousands of great reviews behind it: [Memory Hack] Twice the Results in Half the Time

That alone should be a game changer for most peoples studying.

This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Studying.

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