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PostPosted: Monday 6th of February 2006 03:20:57 PM    Post subject:

yeah it would certainly help u immensly. Practice pranayama it will go long way in improving concentration and overall piece of mind. I follow certain study techniques which help me a lot , u may try them.....

1. Study in Short, Frequent Sessions.

It has been proven that short bursts of concentration repeated frequently are much more effective than one long session. So, even if you only have 10 minutes, DO IT. Take a break. Then study another 10 minutes. This “distributed learning” approach is highly efficient because it honors the way the brain likes to work. The brain needs recovery and recharging time. The rest periods are when your brain assimilates your effort. To sit and study for hours and hours is not only boring, it creates fatigue, stress, and distraction. u cannot learn if you are fatigued, stressed, and distracted!

2. Take Guilt-Free Days of Rest.

This follows the same principle as above, but on a longer, daily time cycle. The reason for resting is to refresh oneself. However, if you feel guilty (“I really should be studying”) then your precious rest period has been used to create more stress. The brain will not absorb new data if it is stressed. On days off from studying, really enjoy urself and do not feel bad about not studying.

3 Honor Your Emotional State.

Do not study if you are tired, angry, distracted, or in a hurry. When the brain is relaxed, it is like a sponge and it naturally absorbs data without effort. If you are emotionally stressed, your brain literally repels data. Forcing yourself to sit and study when your mind is on other things is a complete waste of time!

4 Review the Same Day.

When you learn something new, try to go over the points the same day. If you wait a few days and then make efforts to review the material, it will seem much less familiar. However, a quick review later in the day will tend to cement the information into your brain so that the next “official” study session, you will recognize it and it will seem easy. I know its boring, i hate to revise everything i read iin day later in the evening.... but when i really gave it a trial results were wonderful. just jott down important heading and try remembering all that u read related to that topic.

5 Observe the Natural Learning Sequence.

When you study, if you try first to grasp the big picture and then fill in the details, you often have a more likely chance of success. if u look back how u r school studies were designed u would get the whole idea. in the lower classes we were taught crude concepts and as the classes progressed lessons got more sophisticated... so its very essential to get a rough idea of topic ur going to read beforehand... here the role of lectures, clinical posting and clinics come into play... u get basic idea of what exactly ur going to read once u get back home.... dont go for the books which load u with information... too much of informations is often uneccesarry and creates more confusion and chaos... concentrate on basics get the bigger picture then u can go on to augment ur memory with details... what examiners look in exam is ur knowledge of basic principles of any subject. Therefore always go for books which are well illustrated and stress more on concepts rather than details. so if u want to study physiology first read guyton then go on to other books like Sembulingam which sums up everything for u with additional details.

6 Use Exaggeration.

Why does a batsman warm up by swinging his arms freely in all direction before walking on to the pitch? does he really sway his bat like he did while warming up while facing a delivery?

exaggeration during practice makes the final result seem easy. This concept can be applied to studying anything. For example, if you are studying spelling, exaggerate the sound of the letters to help to remember them. So for studying purposes, “naive” would be pronounced “NAY-IVY.” By getting used to this exaggerated pronunciation, the correct spelling seems obvious.
play with new word and concepts u come across, twist them, make fun of them... that would make them easier to fit n ur memory

7 Prepare Your Study Environment.

If you require certain elements in your environment to help you study, try to always make these a priority. For example, do you need special lighting, silence, music, privacy, available snacks, etc.? Pay attention to what works for you and repeat it each time you study for best success.

8 Respect “Brain Fade.”

It is normal for the brain to have an attrition rate and to forget things. This does not mean that u r stupid! Instead of getting mad about this fact, u should expect it and deal with it accordingly. See ur brain as depositing layers of knowledge. As u place more information on top, the lower levels become older and less available to your immediate recall. The trick here is simply to review. Since we can anticipate the eventual fading of our memory, creating a review aspect to our study session will solve the problem. Once every two or three study sessions, simply review older material that you will be still needing to remember. Often, a quick overview is sufficient. Sometimes, a complete detailed study session of the older material is required. “Brain fade” is completely normal. (Unless you are gifted with a photographic memory, which is extremely rare.)

9 Create a Study Routine.

Generally, if u schedule certain times of the day to study, you will get into a routine and accomplish more. If you just “fit it in” during ur day, chances r that there will never be any time. An effective way to do this is to literally mark it down in your datebook calendar as if you have an appointment, like going to the doctor. For example: “Tuesday 3-4:30 P.M. — Study.”

10 Set Reasonable Goals.

One of the main reasons people do not reach their goals is because they set them too high. If u set goals that are manageable, even if they seem too simple, u get in the habit of accomplishing them and gradually you can set higher goals. Also, recognize the difference between long-term and short-term goals. Set ur vision on the long-term dream, but your day-to-day activity should be focused exclusively on the short-term, enabling steps.

11 Avoid the Frustration Enemy.

Ironically, the quicker the person’s nervous system, the faster they learn. Yet, this fast nervous system also works overtime in being self-critical. So they are the ones who always think they aren’t going fast enough! In contrast, the “Type B,” less intense person who learns slower yet is more self-accepting, ends up ultimately learning the material in a shorter period of time. This is because he/she doesn’t waste energy blocking, getting upset, and thinking that they’re not good enough — they simply keep moving forward at a slower (but un-blocked) pace.
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