When students ask me to give them tips for studying effectively, I compare our minds with an MP3 player. When we study, our mind can full up like an MP3 player. Once you recognize hitting a storage limit, you can do something about it.
If you’re popping in new ideas into your mind like mp3’s into an mp3 player, there will come a point when you can’t store any more information – at least temporarily. Many students beat themselves up over this. Instead self-torture and suffering, I suggest being productive.
What do you do when you’re mp3 player is full and you still want the contents? Most move the contents onto their computer’s hard drive. If new ideas are mp3’s, then we can say our mp3 player is short-term memory and our hard drive is long-term memory. A helpful question to ask when you hit a study limit is, “How can I best move these new ideas (mp3’s) from my short-term memory (mp3 player) into my long-term memory (hard drive)?”
Tip #1: Sleep
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