Project Plan: Studying Less but More Effectively

My idea for my next project is to research studying methods, habits that successful people take on, concentration techniques. We all know people who seem to spend very little time and yet are able to get amazing grades. Perhaps they are just that better at retaining information than the average person but I believe that there must be something that they are doing, either subconsciously, or consciously, that make their work so much faster and “better.”

In my first round of research I will look at distractions and drives of people today, like phones and the tendency for us to check our phones to check in with people we know and what is going on on social media. Although not necessary, we feel like the need to do other things and things always come to mind when we are bored with work, similar to procrastination, our brain looks for things busy ourselves with. Have you ever tried to fall asleep only to realize a few minutes after lying down that there’s something else that you need to do before sleeping? This is because when are brains are at rest or bored, we look for things to focus on. I want to study how this affects our focus and motivation to work and how students can avoid this.

In the second round of research, I will talk about methods and habits, designing study guides, tracking them, focusing on consistency as well as repetition as well as emotional investment into the work. Looking at things like highlighting grouping methods, MiniStep, method of loci (theory of mind palaces,) as well as time management. However obviously nothing will happen magically if the student themselves doesn’t want to improve their habits and their efficiency. There has to be motivation for people to do well in whatever they are studying so I will also talk about designing goals and long term plans.

In the third round of research, I will try to go into the psychology and what mindsets people should be in as well as external environment and how that may play into the two previous ideas. I will look into the internal factors and how external factors may affect them. For example studying in a loud busy environment could potentially mean an equally busy internal environment leading to increased stress. As well as how different moods and emotions may affect our studying, information retention, and motivation to keep up with our work.

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Original Post

Hey Rachel! 

What a nice topic! Somewhat related to mine, almost could say cousin or sister to my topic! 

Certainly, this is something i think many will benefit reading. I've dived into finding out on this topic and you may want to take a look at spaced repetition. 

A form of studying consists of psychology and simply magic! (Reading your project plan, i think this will fit under Round 2) 

Here's some information you can find out more on this spaced repetition i'm talking about! 

https://www.dartmouth.edu/~cogedlab/pubs/Kang(2016,PIBBS).pdf

https://knowledgeplus.nejm.org...ective-way-to-learn/

 

Keep it up and looking forward! 
~Jim
CA
CBSS

Hi Rachel,

great research idea! I would love to find out how to study better in a shorter amount of time, rather than staring at the material and not understanding any of it. There are many distractions when it comes to studying, phones, TVs, computers, etc. You could also look into study breaks, like how long should you focus on a certain topic and when should you have a break. Also, where is the best place to study? I'm excited about your rounds of research, here are some sites to help you with your first round:

https://www.oxfordlearning.com...ing-distracted-tips/

https://blog.4tests.com/7-stud...best-to-escape-them/

https://www.thoughtco.com/exte...distractions-3211505

Good luck,

Grace Sun

 

HELLO RACHEL

That is a very great research.The difference between the high grades and low grades is brought about by the study techniques ,i hope all butterfly effect students finds something that might change their grades positively in your posts.maybe you could include a bit of brain study in your research and check on how brain works ; when the level of concentration is high and at what light exposure.generally how brain works in different environments and time. the phone issue is not common in Kenya because students are not allowed to have electronic gadgets in school.looking forward to your next post.

good luck!

I wish I'd explored this concept more when I was a university student! I am especially interested in what you discover about distractions and phones. It's so hard to completely tune out and focus on a task for an extended length of time, so it's important to figure out how to be effective with the time we actually dedicate to studying, etc. Best of luck in your research! 

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