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Effective Learning Techniques You Should Know – The Way to Ace Your Tests

Does your current study routine consist of repeating your study material like a mantra and hoping against hopes that some of it will come back to you during your exam? Then, chances are that you're pretty stressed out! Here are some effective study methods that work well with retaining information.


The SQ3R Method

This is a technique based on reading comprehension that helps students to extract the most vital facts of a particular chapter. SQ3R or SQRRR is an acronym for five steps of this process including Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review. In place of reading an entire chapter word-to-word, one can simply skim the content to identify the important headings, charts, and images, which introduces you to the first step. The second step, "Question" is when you should formulate questions based on the content, which leads you to the next step where you should actually "Read" the text to find out the answers to the questions formulated. The fourth step "Recite" is the phase where you should try to recall the content and any major points in your own words. Once you finish the chapter, you arrive at the final step where you have to review the study material to completely understand it.


Spaced Practice

Also known as distributed practice, this is a study technique that would work well for a student who studies over a longer period (not for someone who prefers to cram the night before!) Spacing out your study sessions will allow you to make connections between different concepts, which would make it easier to recall at a later date. For example, once you learn the material at your hotel management institute, revisit and review it for the next two consecutive days. After that, wait for one week before revisiting it once more. Again, plan to do the same after two weeks. Gradually, you will start noticing that you can retrieve the information better.


Retrieval Practice

Remembering the answer to the question on a flashcard and writing it down proves to be more effective than simply looking for the answer in the book and highlighting it. This is considered as the Retrieval Practice, which is based on the simple technique of recalling information at a later date. By using practice tests and making your own questions to be answered on a later date, one can easily implement this study technique into your study routine.


Mind Mapping

This is a learning technique that is better suited for learners with a visual approach; it allows you to visually organise information, for example, in the form of a diagram. Write the main topic in the middle of a bland page and gradually develop the map by connecting it with the subsequent ideas; this makes it easier to visualise the bigger picture by communicating the relationships between various concepts.


The Feynman Technique

Now, this is a quite effective studying technique that includes putting all those complex concepts in plain and simplified terms that can even be understood by someone who is outside your field of study. Using simpler words, try explaining a particular concept to a friend at your higher educational institute, for example, the Asian Institute of Hospitality Management, and notice the magic of understanding things way better than you thought you could.