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If you are ovewhelmed with learning new material, Prof. Marty Lobdell from the Pierce College has several tips for you to study less, but still be able to learn more. It is something that every student should watch. And because all of us are students for life, this is a must read list of tips for effective learning. The original video attached below is about an hour long, but you can breeze through our gist in 2 minutes or less.

Limit your sessions to 25-30 minutes or smaller sessions. Have fun breaks between the sessions while your brain organizes the information. This ensure maximal retention of the learned information.

Study at a fixed spot and do not mix your study area with someplace that you utilize for something else. So, no beds, workstations, dining tables. Fix a study area where you are just studying. And its just a matter of 25 minutes anyways.

Recognition happens when you are shown a trigger and recollection happens even in the absence of a trigger. If you know the difference between the two, you will do better based on the kind of test you will need to appear for.

Increase retention and understanding after class by expanding on the abbreviated notes you have taken in the classroom or during your study session. Check out our tips on effective note taking

One of the best ways to remembering and learning something is to teach it to someone else. Think about people who have no background on the subject and attempt to teach your material to them, as lucidly, as comprehensively as possible. This will help you draw connection between unrelated concepts and cement the material in your head.

There is an art for reading complex subject matter. It is called SQ3R: survey, question, read, recite, review. It is a recommended strategy for retaining information. See our details of the SQ3R method.

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