Study Myths to Stop Now

Hey guys! In this (long-awaited!!) video, we're talking all the common study myths which don't

When i was 15 i heard that if i slept with a textbook under my pillow the information would enter my head via osmosis when i was doing my french gcse i was convinced that if i listened to myself top management essay writing in UK speaking french on loop every day while i was asleep somehow i'd become fluent over the years i've learned a lot more about the basic science of learning and i feel like there are just so many study myths which need to be busted we're generally not taught how to study and so a lot of how we end up revising is trial and error or things we've heard from people i hope this video helps you study smarter not harder let's talk about study myths and what you should do instead this video is also very kindly sponsored by markup in my book the only study guide you'll ever need i discussed a basic framework some questions that you can ask yourself to turn sad miserable ineffective study techniques into something i call sad revision techniques if you can fulfill the criteria of s a a and d then you have got an evidence-based scientifically backed revision technique which is actually going to serve you well for exams based off of research throughout this video i'm going to come back to the sad framework and maybe you'll find it useful to help you remember some of the things we're going to talk about the first big myth is studying longer not smarter we've all seen them on youtube 12 hour study with me 10 hour all night non-stop study with me there is no greater feeling no bigger ego boost than sitting at your desk consistently non-stop and studying not taking a single break because you know you're just a revision god i'm sorry to say longer does not equal better rather than studying for longer hours.

Study more frequently and more strategically this is the forgetting curve of human memory every time you learn something new your memory is a hundred percent imagine if we just meet and you tell me that your name is charlotte for the first few minutes i've got it in my brain but the issue is with human memory is that it exponentially starts to decay at the end of the party at the end of the day i might not remember your name anymore but as you can see in this curve if you revisit the same information at regularly increasing intervals then you can boost your essay writing help in Birmingham writing help UK memory back up to 100 for example one hour after meeting you i recall to myself ah your name is charlotte then at the end of the day i recall to myself oh her name was charlotte ah five days later what was her name it was charlotte a week later her name was charlotte and all of a sudden it is ingrained in my long-term memory what your name was this is the s in a sad revision technique s is force-based repetition don't study for longer study more strategically studying 10 hours in the library without breaks is not a power move number two big study myth we often think that passively highlighting is helping us learn the information highlighting your textbook highlighting text is not you memorizing information rereading and highlighting are like the start of the study process you know like when you're trying to find the information that you're going to put onto your flash cards or the information that you're going to try and make yourself learn like it is useful to go through and highlight these tidbits to reread it to yourself but research has shown that these techniques don't actually ingrain these things into your memory so you've still got to do it this very conveniently brings me onto the sponsor of today's video markup if you're reading a lot of academic articles consuming a lot of information and you keep flitting between note taking softwares to try and capture it all markup is so incredible for organizing this information and for highlighting text in a meaningful way they have such a cool chrome extension where you can highlight and save articles you can put little helpful tags you can auto summarize to help your learning and then it's so easy you just go to my markups you've got all your saved web pages there i've literally become obsessed with using this for university every time i have a new essay to write i compile all my articles in one workspace on markup i used to always lose articles it was a huge issue when i came to cite them but now i just head to my little workspace over there and i don't know if you followed my new year's resolutions video but if you did you would know that one of my goals for this year is to learn more about decentralized finance and crypto i finally started bringing together all my resources on climate backed crypto and it's just so much easier to access everything and look at the notes i've written when you're first learning something new it is so important to centralize that information so if you're looking to improve your workflow download markup below so you've gathered your information you've highlighted it but the biggest myth is people thinking that that is gonna be enough to then go into an exam and put that information into a paper when we're highlighting or re-reading it's something called a passive technique we're reading through the information and we feel like we know it because obviously it makes sense if i'm looking at a diagram and they've given me all the labels i'm going to nod to myself and be like yeah that's correct and i'll be like yeah i understand that but the issue is understanding is not the same as knowing which brings me on to the second a of the saad sad revision techniques and that is active recall any technique where you're actually having to think is a good one techniques where the information is not just given to you you have to answer questions you have to summarize information from memory you have to recall information on a flash card or blurt out what you can remember from a certain chapter techniques which are hard and use brain power are generally the better ones number three not building on the foundations of what you already know it's so tempting to learn new content in isolation but it's been proven that the more you can relate new information to stuff that you already know the more you're gonna remember it coming back to the example of someone telling me their name imagine you told me your name is charlotte if i treat this fact as something totally new i'm not going to remember.

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