Make the Most of your time by Studying Smart: Three effective ways to retain more in less time


University life is an incredible journey, in terms of both your professional and personal development. So, to help you make the most of your time at University, we suggest trying these three effective ways to study.

Before we help you maximise your potential in this life changing expierence. We suggest making these changes in your Study routine.


  1. Study in smaller sessions of 30 minutes. The ability to retain information diminishes after 25 to 30 minutes. So, the best way to study is to break the course in smaller sessions.


  1. Have a Study only Corner. Study in an area where you don’t do anything else, but study.


  1. Learn to take good notes: Note taking is systematically recording material presented in class. It involves analysing, synthesising and the ability to reflect on the material presented in class. Studying effectively revolves around absorbing information and retaining that information.

The key is to actively engage in studying.  Effective note taking varies from person to person, therefore, it is important to find a method that works best for you. To help you find the best techniques and methods for note taking. We have shortlisted three effective note taking methods.


a. The Outline Method

  • A classic outline method uses a system of capital and lowercase letters and numbers to indicate the relative importance of different ideas.
  • The key to successful outlining is to leave a little extra space under each section heading. That extra space means you can go back and fill in more information later.

b. The Charting Method

  • Charting requires more preparation, but when it comes to memorizing facts, you can’t beat a chart.
  • By splitting your notes into labeled columns, you can cut down on repetition and make the entire process more efficient and productive.
  • By reducing the amount of necessary writing, charting makes it easier to keep up with fast-paced lectures, presentations, and videos. It’s also easy to visualize the relationships between the pieces of information and understand the overall flow of data, especially if the information is organized chronologically.

c. The Mind Mapping Method

  • The theory behind a mind map is that it uses the same basic architecture as your brain. Instead of starting at the top of the page, a mind map begins in the center, and ideas spread out from that central point in a logical manner. For each main point, draw a curved line spreading out from the central bubble labelled with a one- or two-word key phrase. As you gather additional information, branch out with thinner and thinner lines labeled with the finer details.


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