Studying At BedtimeYou are most likely to remember something when you are very relaxed, so bedtime can be ideal study time; so long as you are not tired. Change your routine so that you get to bed about half an hour earlier than usual. Read something you want to remember for 20 minutes or less just before you go to sleep. Or listen to a tape, if you learn best by hearing. Your subconscious will hold onto what you read or heard while you sleep. Read or listen to the same material again right after you wake up and they will stick.
Two of the most important phases of studying are "Absorbing new material" and "Reviewing old material."
Learning New MaterialNew material will be absorbed more readily if you study when you are comfortable and your mind is fresh. Try getting up a little earlier than usual in the morning to study while you have fewer distractions. New material stays in a certain part of your brain a kind of holding area for about three days or so. To ensure that you cement it more permanently in your memory, review the material as soon as possible.
Study what you don't know until you are comfortable with the material. Repeat this process as often as needed until you can pass practice exams with a comfortable scoring margin and aim to beat passing scores by 5%-10% to account for the impact of nerves and adrenaline when you go to a testing center to take "the real test".
new material is less challenging
than learning it in the ﬁrst place, but
still takes lots of “brain energy.” Before and after sleep are good
times for review.
Reviewing Old and New Material
Reviewing old material is just as important, especially when you’re studying for a ﬁnal exam that covers topics from the beginning of the year. It’s easy to say,Your brain needs a refresher course. Reviewing old material regularly in small bits is much more effective, and less hectic, than trying to review everything the night before the test.
Your road-map is the guiding force behind your actions. Much like a recipe, your road-map will outline why, where, how, and what. Success demands your focused exercise into the journey and the tools of that journey (process) as opposed to the destination (event).