Scientifically Proven Best Ways to Study

For those of us in school who are trying to
figure out the most effective way to study, science is here on hand to help. While it has been traditionally thought by
many of us over the years that long hours in front of the computer or in the library,
before an important exam, are required to maximize study time, this is actually not
the case. So forget about long nights, with eyelids
drooping over pages and pages of text, scientific research has expressed quite clearly that
that isn’t the way to study smart. And it turns out smart studying is a lot more
fun than we might have thought. So just what cool techniques work best to
maximize those precious days before the big exam? That’s what we’ll find out, in this episode
of The Infographics Show, Scientifically Proven Best Ways to Study. First of all, an unlikely helper is exercise. Blood chemistry has been proven to change
the way the brain works, as the brain, the happy recipient of vital nutrients through
exercise, repays the favor by increasing brain performance in the shape of a better and longer
attention span, smoother information processing, and more fluid problem solving skills. How does this work? Well, exercise releases an important blend
of mood altering hormones including dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. This neural cocktail greatly enhances brain
performance required for study and information retention, so in between study sessions, we
should seriously consider hitting the gym, swimming some laps, kicking a ball around,
or even dancing a few steps because any kind of exercise greatly improves brain power. These exercise sessions also help to break
up the study sessions, which is crucial to avoiding cramming, a scientifically disproven
method. The problem with cramming is that overloaded
information does not have a chance to enter the long term memory. Short-term memory is the free crazy space
within your brain – information rattles around inside there but what we need to do
is turn that information into knowledge. And that doesn’t happen by cramming. The transformation from short term information
into long term knowledge occurs through repeated exposure to that information, retelling of
that information, and reflection of that information. So if you learn about a topic, put down the
book, and then hit the gym and reflect up on it, or talk to somebody else who has knowledge
on the subject, and then you are far more likely to retain that short term information
and turn it into long term knowledge. You must also vary your study program. Smart study isn’t about just reading the
material over and over and over again, ad nauseam. Although this may seem like the easiest way,
it is totally counterproductive. A 2010 study from Washington University compared
the effectiveness of repeated testing over repeated studying and found that testing is
far more effective than simply rereading. So in between short exercise and study sessions,
why not test yourself now and again? Or better still find a study partner who is
tackling the same subject and test one another, compare your results, talk about them, and
continue your study program, in between exercising. There is no reason you should study completely
alone, and without adequate testing, you will fail to see where the real information gaps
are. Finally, get as much sleep as you can, because
sleep is crucial to brain development. When awake for the first few hours in the
day, our alpha brain waves are most active, which is the brain state most suited to the
acquisition of information and knowledge. A good study program should not only include
exercise, short intense study sessions, and social learning, it should also include a
good night’s sleep and perhaps, if your day allows it, a cheeky power nap in the afternoon. A nap in the day time will give you two bursts
of alpha brain waves for one day’s study. And the benefit of sleep doesn’t end there. When you acquire information, brain cells
grow new connections that reach out and connect with one another. Sleep helps these cells grow and connect,
so if we think of our brain as a tree, sleep is like the miracle grow, and while we sleep,
all the tiny branches will grow and flourish. Conversely, all night study sessions do not
work, as our ability to process information is hindered by our restlessness, and the information
overload is simply overbearing. Scientific research has shown that it can
take up to 4 days for our brains to return back to normal after we’ve been awake for
an entire night. We should take breaks every hour and not work
straight through. Study for an hour, do some exercise, speak
to a study friend, and return to the source material. While some experts might argue, researchers
at Stanford School of Medicine agree that playing certain types of music such as classical
may help students engage in the source material. While some of us prefer complete silence,
an uplifting piece of non-distracting music (without lyrics) may improve mood and increase
the chances of information retention. In active learning studies, some scholars
have suggested that dopamine is the brain’s save button, so some light, uplifting music,
a favorite warm drink, and a box of cookies could also help us retain knowledge, as the
brain, while in its reward mode, is more receptive to whatever stimuli is present, including
that study material. Also science has shown us that, as ridiculous
as it may seem, striking a power pose before entering the exam room may be to our benefit. So think Superman or Wonder Woman – put
your hands on your hips, move your legs apart, chest expanded, deep breath, and say something
awe-inspiring. You may want to do this in private, like in
the bathroom before a test, but this is completely your own choice. Although you may feel stupid, and will probably
look a bit odd, this posturing will reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase testosterone,
making you scientifically stronger and better prepared for that test. So remember take breaks, sleep, exercise,
talk about your material with study pals, strike a pose, and you’ll be as good as
ready for that test. Are there other tried and true methods that
we failed to mention? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Private Schools vs Public Schools. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “Scientifically Proven Best Ways to Study”

  1. If I could turn back the clock 40 years, I would try to reproduce what I learned on the black (or white) board as a teacher.

  2. It’s 4:22am. Birds are chirping, I’m a little bit tired, and scared out of my mind. I have to wake up for final exams at 7am. Oh boy this is gonna be fun

  3. A study has reveal that studying for 30 mins and taking a rest of 5 mins is more efficient than trying to learn all in an hour without any rest as the res helps oir brain to store information and be ready for next revision



  5. This times we have so many exams that I don't have any time to go out in the wood. How I miss holidays…and going to the sea and then to some mountains and there will be no homework… 😰

  6. can we take a drink or two before studying? cant believe taking weeds for studying is not mentioned.

  7. 0:52 Exercise
    1:30 Don't Cram
    1:55 Retell and Reflect
    2:15 Test yourself and friends, change up your methods
    2:58 Get as much sleep as you can, no more all night study sessions!
    4:00 Take breaks every hour
    4:13 Perhaps play music – uplifting and without lyrics
    4:30 Dopamine could increase your memory – work in nice light, listen to uplifting music, maybe have some low sugar cookies
    4:50 Strike power pose at start of exam – LOL
    5:17 Summary
    1. Breaks
    2. Sleep
    3. Exercise
    4. Talk with your pals
    5. Strike a pose

  8. Are you ready to start studying?
    … Step 1: stop reading comments and get back to work

    … Step 2: If you insisted to press read more, congrats 🎉🎊 you won the price to be the 2nd non prepared student
    Ps: I feel like i am passing away.. I have my final exam after 2 days i wanna cry…

  9. People seeing free chouce on poll about your grade:
    Reality can be whatever i want
    50% people reply average of grades is A even though watching vid about studying

  10. My srudy saying the same thing over and over till i remember it once i do that there is no way i can forgot what i say like a million times

  11. Sorry sir but everytime that i want to sleep mostly im going to sleep but some tim i can be awake in whole ni8 for study and in day as well but some time in min in book im going to sleep kindly advice me

  12. I'm being instinctive about this, I get a rest and sleep well, wake up to do a little walk, take breakfast and study at the early morning, and I dont cram "informations" as much as possible, this doesn't work, I just try to remember by reading some quotes and summaries the explainnation of the professor, and try to squish and shape the information to understand it my way, and then I go to get more rest, pr I exercise if I feel more energized, or I speak to a family member or a friend about what I studied.

    The most of times I dont even study at home, because the presence in the class and your interest about the topic sometimes is enough, any way, stay comfortable and live your life 🙂

  13. I'm watching this in the summer.. yeah i'm doing this because I was college level in 3rd grade so teachers always have things harder on me though I have a hard time studying, I'm moving to a New School in El Paso because my dad is in the army and it's a PCS army move sooo yeah…

  14. I had History homework
    I should have made presentations and tell the subject but ı dont even like history so ı made my homework different
    I explained the history of my research by simulating the Game of thrones
    I used the character of Game of thrones to tell easyly
    Everyone laughed and understand the subject it worked ! Even if ı couldnt get point cause of its not real
    Thats my teacher said. Is reality really important?

  15. hey infographs show! Amazing content! But isn't theta waves more effective than alfa for learning?

  16. Ok tell me if this is fine. I am 13 going into 8th grade

    -7 hours of sleep.
    -45 min on homework before a break, then another 45 min of homework.
    -15-30min study sessions, twice a day every day.

  17. you should have a set timetable where u go over the subjects and teach them to people and before u teach it to them go over it and have a break then teach them it and before they come to lesson let them have a snack so they are fresh

  18. For the exam day just sleep from 11:30 am till 4:50 then wake up and revise all the things for 1 hr 20 mins and then u wll be gud to go…..tried and tested by me and it worked

  19. Cheers for this, been searching for "how to memorize 10 pages" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of – Yiyevi Ponevi Approach – (search on google ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my m8 got excellent success with it.

  20. Winner of a video, I've been looking for "how to memorize things quickly and easily" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Yiyevi Ponevi Approach – (just google it ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my m8 got cool success with it.

  21. This was great, thanks, I been tryin to find out about "memorization tips for kinesthetic learners" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Yiyevi Ponevi Approach – (just google it ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my mate got cool success with it.

  22. Many thanks, I've been looking for "how to memorize a test quickly" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Yiyevi Ponevi Approach – (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my brother in law got excellent results with it.

  23. Hmm, short intense study, how short should it be? The POMORODO technique (25 mins) never works for me, I personally study 45-60 mins for a session, then take 15 mins rest.

  24. Scientific research just made it more complicated making people even less likely to do it. If people aren’t willing to do that much it will be less effective if the have to make themselves do it.

    Study right:
    Talk to others about it

    A lot of people don’t even do the exercise part and unless you’re into the topic I don’t know if people will talk much about what they are studying. I’m sure people will strike a pose but I think if they didn’t follow through with everything else it might not help too much.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *