Schools days were never complete without our black/red markers which found their presence in each of our notebooks. Some were bemused by the different color highlighters available and used them all in one page to highlight important details. Despite pronounced use of this phenomenon by students to learn and grasp new things, it does nothing much in reality. Sometimes this practice can even defer us from using the knowledge gained in reasoning out things in the future.
Kids differ in IQ levels and grasping powers depending on their genes and this has been undoubtedly proved by various studies, details of which are elaborated at www.firsteatright.com. Every kid has his/her own unique way of understanding things and reciprocating them. Some kids might underline important keywords, some children love highlighting keywords with various bright colors while some other kids might reread things repeatedly to take it to their mind. All these are well-known ways in which children study, but they are not ‘the’ versatile ones! If that’s the case, what are we to do now? There are various journal studies and research that have come up with some of the most effective learning strategies:
Play the teacher’s role: Kids love to imitate their teachers and pose questions to others. Try replicating the same while studying too. Ask yourself plenty of ‘Why?’ questions that activate your thinking cells and use this knowledge in the future. A child whose mind is filled with questions all the time is one that thinks about various things. Only when there are thoughts, there is scope for action. Further, questions can help a kid make sense of the information just read.
Self-made quiz masters: Cover various topics from various parts of the textbook. Avoid going in order as this establishes a monotonous pattern ringing a bell in your mind even before the question arises (owing to studying them repeatedly previously). Switch between various topics to sharpen memory skills and use them effectively later.
Time your quizzes intelligently: Study your topics and decide on specific times of the day, week or month to quiz yourself. As you become adept on various topics space these quiz schedules further apart.
Quiz yourself frequently: Remember showing our tiny tot flashcards of apples and bananas while teaching them alphabets? Flashcards are a well-proved way of helping a person remember things. Use this concept in your studies too. Make flashcards of important topics, form questions and write down answers from the topics that you cover in your syllabus. Quiz yourself on these topics at regular time intervals. This helps you retain your study material fresh in your mind and also figure out those in which you lag to improve your knowledge skills.
Even when you are with your friends it does no harm to quiz yourself or start a small quizzing game with others on various study topics covered in your syllabus. Acknowledge the best performer with a stylish pen maybe rotating this amongst yourselves depending on the performance. Quiz yourself on definitions, various formulas and other information keeping in mind the meaning, logic and use of the resources as you read. Familiarizing yourself with different concepts and topics is the best way to become proficient. Happy quizzing!
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