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Effective Learning Strategies

For this week's blog post, let's discuss three effective strategies to help you learn and remember things more easily. Finding a strategy that works best for you can be incredibly helpful when it comes to learning new materials or material that is difficult to understand. Reach your academic goals by employing these methods!

  1. Mind Mapping: An effective way to visualize material and group ideas in a way that works for you. I find this a great method to use when you need to break down topics and organize them; it allows you to visualize things and relate ideas clearly. You can use a classic method and draw out the main concepts and ideas on a piece of paper, or you can use online platforms such as Google Docs. Mind mapping is a great method for subjects such as English and sciences. For English classes, you can draw out a mind map to further analyze themes and characters, whereas, for the sciences, you can map out cycles and any other process you would better understand through visualization. It's the ideal method for visual learners, but anyone can give it a try!

  2. Flashcards: An incredibly helpful tool that allows you to remember content over long periods of time. However, for most effective use, make sure you keep your flashcards short and to the point, the longer your cards are, the more difficult it may be to remember. It's also best to start creating/ learning them before test day; that way, you constantly reinforce the material rather than cram. You can use paper flashcards or online platforms such as Anki or Quizlet. Using an online platform such as Anki allows you to rank your cards from easy to difficult and will test you on the difficult cards until you learn them. It'll also test you on a card when you are just about to forget its content! Pro tip: If you are continuously having a hard time learning a card on Quizlet or Anki despite going through it multiple times, use a physical paper flashcard and write it out; specifically writing down topics you can't seem to remember can help!

  3. Mnemonics: This method is a fun one! Trying to remember a specific order but just can't seem to get it right? Create or look up mnemonics and choose the one that works best for you. Here's a well-known one used by many to remember the order of Taxa in biology: Dear King Philip Came Over For Good Soup; here's what it stands for:

D- Domain

K- Kingdom

P- Phylum

C- Class

O- Order

F- Family

G- Genus

S- Species

These are helpful learning methods and very effective for test preparation. Give them a try and see what works best for you, or employ each one for different classes and purposes.

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