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The 7 best study tips for students

Are you looking for learning tips? Have you been relatively lazy the whole semester and therefore have to sit down hard on your pants again towards the end of the semester and study for the upcoming exams? This is the case with many students in Germany and around the world - especially when the exams are getting closer and closer and things are getting serious. So that you can keep a cool head even during the hot exam phase and master the potential learning stress in an excellent way, we have summarized our 7 best learning tips for students for you.

1st learning tip: create a productive atmosphere

You don't necessarily have to set up your workplace at home according to the teachings of Feng Shui, but suitable rooms and a bright and friendly atmosphere ensure significantly less frustration in learning. Because the right design of your work and study area ensures that you enjoy staying here and that learning can become a pleasant thing.

But why is that so? We associate positive emotions with a tidy and visually appealing workplace where we learn and work. After a short time you will also associate learning itself with positive emotions and you will be happy to study at your visually appealing learning place. So make sure you have green plants, bright lighting and order.

2nd learning tip: Banish all potential time wasters from your immediate learning environment

Avoid unnecessary distractions during your study time. The best thing to do is to briefly block your direct access to social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Co. There are numerous useful tools especially for this purpose, such as social media blockers, browser add-ons and other ways of doing this.

Also, make sure that there is silence in the room in which you are studying. So it's best to mute your smartphone or switch it to airplane mode. In addition, we advise you to put your smartphone in another room or in the locker while studying, in order to also exclude optical distractions. Seriously - leave your cell phone in the locker and you will see how your productivity increases immediately. A few hours without Instagram & Co. does not hurt either (even without learning). In addition, you should consider using your learning time with the Pomodoro technique, which we explain to you in detail in the linked article, even more efficiently.

3rd learning tip: planning is half the battle: create a learning plan!

In addition to learning tips that can be implemented immediately, we would also like to provide you with a few long-term learning tips. Long-term and daily planning and priority setting have made it into our top 7 best learning tips for students. From now on it is best to plan a certain amount of time every day for studying and pull this through over days, weeks and even months.

Because numerous studies have found that a habit (e.g. learning half an hour every day) has become established after an average of 60 days and will not cost you any more to overcome from then on. In addition, you will be more effective with your time and potentially even have more free time if you start learning early and in small doses.

4th learning tip: Social learning and sharing - why not also when learning?

By studying together with your fellow students, you combine the duty with the freestyle. In a group of like-minded people, it learns much better and every group member can benefit from the others. You will also benefit from the different recordings and different approaches of your study group. With some apps, a learning group is even created automatically, just by simply uploading scripts. This makes sharing easy!

So the best learning tips are not only aimed at learning itself, but the surrounding area can also be fun. Get to know new people and exchange experiences and impressions of your fellow students, who are basically in the same boat as you. You can find out how to properly organize a study group on Uniturm.

5th learning tip: Index cards help you memorize

By creating index cards on which you write down individual terms, graphics or vocabulary, you can now learn comfortably while on the move in the bus and train. Because the little cards fit easily into any jacket pocket and can be conjured up whenever you feel like it or you have nothing better to do at the moment. If you don't feel like using handwritten index cards, you can create your index cards digitally with innovative index card apps such as the StudySmarter app. This means that you always have your index cards with you and can prepare for your exams - no matter where you are.

The advantage of self-made index cards: You can passively memorize a few things while creating the index cards. By looking at the index cards over and over again and being encouraged to think, you will learn to make connections between the individual terms and sub-areas and you will soon have a good overview of "the big picture" with regard to your exam preparation.

6. Learning tip: Get a clear overview with the help of mind maps

Mind maps are notorious for giving you a good overview of a large subject area. So why shouldn't you include them in your individual exam preparation? To do this, write a central term of your examination subject exactly in the middle of a sheet of paper and from there draw branches in all directions to connect related concepts and sub-terms. Your brain remembers these connections better than with classic learning methods.

You are already actively learning when creating the mind maps, as you have to concentrate on creating the mind maps in order to derive all the terminology. If you also make an effort visually and at the same time use bright colors and underlining, it will be even easier for you to memorize all the important points and to give you a good overview of the entire examination subject. On StudySmarter you even get a mind map automatically. It's that easy.

7. Learning tip: Practice, practice, practice! So take a look at your old exams!

Our last tip in the bunch is the following: Practice with old exams and look at the transcripts and experience reports of your predecessors. Important: Many professors do not always bother to draft different exams and often take the same exams for their students several semesters in a row. When working on old exams, you should definitely stop your time to see how fit you are already.

Some professors are happy to upload such “practice exams” in connection with their scripts to your university's intranet. You just have to look for it! You can learn ideally with the help of the practice exams or the corrected exams from older semesters. This way you will very quickly see what the style looks like that your professor wants to see in the corresponding answers. Platforms like Uniturm offer you a wide range of transcripts and documents for your studies.

With these 7 best learning tips, you are guaranteed to pass every exam!

If you are about to take exams, you should use our best learning tips for students. However, in order to achieve lasting success in your studies, you should integrate routine into your student life. For example, continuous and regular learning times, forward-looking planning and reduced procrastination. Sure, easier said than done, but with the right tips and digital helpers, you can do it! The possibilities are varied and apart from a little creativity and diligence, you only need a certain amount of constancy.