The Ultimate Evidence Based Study GuideMar 22, 2022
Alright, this is our
guide. We'll walk you through our entire process on how to
studyfor exams from start to finish and use Mike and Maddie's map, which is our
evidence-packed studying blueprint. Study techniques to make this entire process as effective and efficient as possible for you, so there are two steps to learn. You must first understand the material. This is also called encoding. Basically, you get the information from books into your brain. The second step is to remember too. Called retrieval, you are basically retrieving that information from your brain to use in the exam, so for each of the two phases of learning we are going to discuss the scientific strategies, techniques and methods that will get you there, so the strategy for understanding material is To use structuring, many people think that when we store information in our brains, we file it away nice and neat in separate file cabinets, but that's actually not how the brain is structured.
Information is actually linked together like a network that the brain likes to take in new ones. things and relate them to prior knowledge that you already have, for example, learning calculus on its own is difficult, but if you already knew the fundamental subjects like algebra and geometry, it is much easier to learn calculus. You can learn through analogies or making connections through logic. you can use a structure from your prior knowledge to support this new incoming knowledge. The technique that will best help you understand the information is teaching. Teaching forces you to understand something in your own words and if you can convey that to a child, then you will really understand it and remember that you already have a structure from the first step, so when you teach someone, teach from the design of that structure.
Teaching doesn't mean you have to be in front of the classroom. You can do it at home, just say it or write it. Get the information out as if you were teaching, as long as you put it in your own words and not just regurgitate information from your lectures, the method to help you understand the information is to mix up the sources where you get the information from, perhaps the way you get the information. What the teacher explains in class doesn't make sense to you, but maybe your friend explains the same topic another way and you just click or maybe there's a YouTube video that explains it even better, the only thing that matters in the end. the day is that you understand the information it doesn't matter how many teachers it doesn't matter who the teacher is mix it up and try different sources until it makes sense to you the strategy to help you remember faster is to space it out, it's basically the opposite of trying to study all day Before the exam, you want to space out your reviews instead.
Look at each individual topic just a little each day. The most important thing to keep in mind is that some topics take much longer to master than others. For example, it would take me many more views to master chapter 10, but less time to master chapter 1. But the only way to know was to space out my reviews and at the end of each session I rate how well I knew each chapter and When I do this, I can see that I still classify chapter 10 as hard and chapter 1 as easy, so now I know not to waste any more time relearning chapter 1 and focusing my time on chapter 10.
The technique to help you remember is to try . or retrieval practice or active recall, whatever you want to call it, basically, you're testing how well you can remember information without looking at your notes or e-books. The mistake that students make is that they study by reading their notes or reading their highlights. but if you're asked to close your notes, can you really remember what was on the page? Because you probably won't have those notes with you on the exam, so cover them up and try to remember or, better yet, find problem sets from previous work. and practice exams and test your memory exactly as it will be tested on test day.
The method to remember a lot of information at a high level is to memorize. Memorizing isn't always the best way to retain information long-term, but sometimes it exists. They are things that you simply have to memorize for the exam, like dates or names of things or random equations, well there are many methods of memorization, like mnemonics, the mind palace, the peg system, the list goes on, just remember that sometimes , not everything needs to be memorized when you really understand. a concept and you are able to derive it logically from scratch, then you don't even need to memorize it, so those are the strategies, techniques and methods of a high-level overview so that you can get an idea of what your studies should be like. flowing from the book to the brain, to the exam and how to do it effectively and efficiently.
I'd love to go into detail on how to use these study tips and help you apply them to your work that would take hours and be too big for YouTube. We've put together a course of study that you can watch for free on Skillshare if you join using our link in the description. It is called seven days to get better grades. We have designed this course
basedon a week of daily practical steps so that you can see results quickly and it is a fundamental system that you should invest in early so that it can make up for many years of school and exams in the future, so yes, link in the description, see you in class and here's a sneak peek just for It's funny as students, we're tasked with putting all of this in here and when we don't get the results we want, we think maybe I just need to spend more time or read it slower or read it again, no one really tells us how.
So we just do what seems right to us, take notes, highlight a few sentences here and there and then read them, but what most students don't realize is that our brains are programmed to learn in a particular way, unfortunately many Of us through grade school and even college use study methods that go against the brain's natural strengths, but with a deeper understanding of neuroscience we can learn to stop fighting our brain and instead start to use it to study smarter. Hi, we are Mike and Maddie and we are siblings who love to learn, yes we have a YouTube channel on study tips, we created a note taking app for students and we are full time doctors dedicated to lifelong learning in medicine over the years of study and dedication to academic success, learning to learn has become a life-changing skill.
The problem is that we were never taught how to learn growing up. It can be overwhelming to find time to learn how to learn when you're already drowning under a pile of schoolwork, so we made it easier by repackaging everything. We know how to study in a seven-day
guided course with the class project to help you apply individual techniques as you learn them. So how does all this work? The learning process involves two steps, understanding and remembering, first you have to get the information in your brain and second, you have to retrieve that information when you need it, so on the first day we will start with structuring to help us understand new topics and then, In the following days, we will combine teaching and blending to help deepen our understanding of even the most complex ones. topics after we understand the information it's time to remember we will imitate how the brain really works using spaces and tests to form long-term memories for your class project we will build a calendar together to keep ourselves accountable and overcome obstacles such as procrastination distractions and lack of motivation , we have also prepared a downloadable guide with practice exercises that you can always rely on as a guide when you feel lost.
By the end of the study week, you'll have gained practical, science-
basedstrategies to study smarter along with a system that encourages learning beyond the classroom. We can't wait to study together, so let's get started, no matter where you are. in your education, this class is designed to reframe how you approach studying to build lifelong learning systems, this class is for you if you are an overwhelmed high school student who spends countless hours rereading the same material without improving your grades if you are applying to a professional school and want to develop those sustainable study habits for your rigorous future training or if you're just nervous about going back to school because you're out of school and feeling rusty.
Our framework will provide you with strategies, techniques and methods to streamline this process.
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