Studying habits are difficult to implement, but thankfully students across time eternal have figured out the best ways to get the most out of their education in rather effective ways. We were reminded of this once Redditor Ibarkwoofwoof1 asked the online community, "Students of Reddit, what is your studying life hack?"
"As you are taking notes..."
As you are taking notes, imagine yourself being a teacher and explaining the material you've read to a student.
I also think in pictures, which also helps.
Get enough sleep.
"A couple hours..."
My hack is consistency.
A couple hours every day is much easier and more manageable than 12 hours straight the day before an exam.
"...to get the information..."
Repetition, to get the information into your long term memory.
"When I have to do my homework..."
When I have to do my homework I start from the subject that I love the least and gradually go for my favorite. Also I listen to calm music and every 30 minutes I take a 5 minutes break. When I have to study for a test, I usually eat some chocolate.
"When writing essays..."
When writing essays and other things where a subjective response is called for, don't shoot for perfection. My motto: The question is not is it good? but rather, is it good enough?" Perfection is the enemy of done.
"It is also way easier..."
My 8th grade math teacher always said, "it's better to half @ss it than no @ss it." And showed us how even 50% on an assignment was worlds better than 0% when you averaged out your work.
It is also way easier to start early when you can say right off the bat, "you know what? I don't give a shit, let's make a terrible project and turn it in." And then improve upon the first design.
"This is A level work..."Giphy
Cheat code for essays: identify a way of thinking about the issue. State two contrasting perspectives. Support each perspective individually with evidence and example. Reconcile how each perspective has validity. Comment and close leaving an idea for additional future discussion. Use excellent grammar and punctuation in consistent tense with active rather than passive speech verbs as much as possible to eliminate redundancy. Turn in something complete on time, every time.
This is A level work every time coming from someone that made a perfect score one every standardized test writing section throughout life.
"Study the material..."
Study the material BEFORE class so you know what you don't understand when the teacher is lecturing. You learn tons more out of the lecture if you've read the material beforehand and can ask questions that really do help you get answers for what you don't understand.
"Also, they most likely..."
It's not really a hack but communication with your professor/teacher before exams or big projects has always yielded the best results for me. They get paid to help you so it would be wise to take advantage of that. Also, they most likely wrote the test meaning that If you asked them for help, you can find the answers THEY are looking for. I know this might not always work because some teachers are awful but most of them aren't, at least from my experience. Seriously though. Talk to them. Find out what they want and let them know if you have any problems.