Study Less Study Smart

Study less study smart


Now that Christmas Holidays just passed… finals exams are right around the corner! Probably you are stressed and don’t know where to begin… Don’t panic and put attention to the tips that may be different ways to learn and retain information efficiently (quickly and effortlessly).

The first step and best way to memorize information are to avoid using the laptop- it distracts you from staying focus-. The process of transcribing and reframing the information into your own words will help you memorize better!



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Find your environment of study

Everybody is different; some prefer to study in groups, others learn better by watching videos or reading books, others like to study alone. There is no better or worse way of studying, find the place where you feel more comfortable and less distracted.


If you tend to procrastinate, find a way to prevent yourself from distraction. For instance, you can turn off your mobile phone, or be going to a place where you can be concentrated.


Organize your time for studying, set a time of 50 minutes for example, where you will be focus entirely on your studies. When the timer rings, relax for 15 minutes- you can have a nap or read a book. Neuroscientist proved that is it more productive to study regularly with sleeping breaks in between.

Find technique of memorizing that suits you better!

Mental maps it is merely a graphic representation of. Tony Buzan is the inventor of Mind Maps. This technique helps to unlock the start of a specific topic of study, and then you associate that topic with any increases the retention of the represented. Learn how to make a  Mind Map.



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The Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro technique: this technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. The first step is choosing the task you would like to be done. Then, set a timer for 25 minutes, in that time get to focus entirely on your studies. When the timer rings take a short break of 5 minutes. If you want to continue just set the timer again. Every four promodoros get a more extended break- that break can last 30 minutes maximum.

1.Hard Stuff First

It may be difficult, but it is more practical if you start studying the difficult part first. Once you have done the hard role, you will feel better for the rest of the day and maybe more motivated to get other things done!

2.Instant Self-Test

After studying a topic, you can prepare a quick quiz. This test will help to increase your retention about what you just have learned.

3.Mnemonic devices

This technique it is used to help people to improve their ability to remember something. In other words, it will help your brain to better encode and recall relevant information in an original way. There are different types of mnemonics methods- try them!


Now it’s your turn! Try each of these techniques to find the one that fits you better to study smarter 😉 You’ll feel less stuck and start enjoying while studying for important exams.

Last but not least, we would like to know your insights and impressions after reading this article! If you have another technique for studying less and smarter, don’t hesitate to share it with us!


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Since I was young I have been a proactive person, had the opportunity to live in different countries which allowed me to discover various cultures. Consequently, I felt deeply interested in better understanding our world; therefore I am currently studying International Relations in Blanquerna Ramon Llull University. Simultaneously with my degree I engaged in different projects led by young people to keep learning and to improve myself everyday.

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