Follow these 6 easy ways and be a smart learner.

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August 9, 2016
As a student, we always have two or three such students in our class who are brilliant. They top the exams almost every time, leaving others wondering, how do they do it? But now, with these simple steps, even you can rank among the toppers.

1. Focus on conceptual clarity than mere cramming
First and foremost, focus on understanding the concept instead of just cramming as conceptual clarity will make memorizing the subject easier. And you will remember it not just till the end of your exams but even later.

2. Revise Revise Revise
After memorizing a topic, revise what you have learnt. This will help you in remembering all the crucial points related to the subject and will fasten the recall time. Also, revising at short intervals will help you in better application of the subject as the information will always remain at the fore in your memory.

3. Take tests frequently
Good preparation demands testing. If you feel you have understood a topic thoroughly, put your understanding to test. As this will give you a real picture of how well you have understood the subject. And if you score well, give yourself a pat at the back and move further more confidently.

4. Connect what you are learning with something you already know
Believe it or not, but this really helps. When you associate a new concept with something that you already know, it becomes easy for you to learn. And also add some fun in learning.

For example, you can think of white blood cells as “soldiers” that defend our body against diseases, which are the “enemies.”

5. Read out loud
Researches show that reading information out loud helps learn faster than by reading silently. This is so, because while reading aloud, you speak as well as hear, simultaneously. By this, your brain receives the information through two senses. Whereas, while reading silently, your brain receives the information through only one source. This sometimes lead to missing out on important bits of the information.

6. Take mini breaks
Learning continuously tires the brain. And after some time you might feel that you are reading but not understanding anything. To avoid such a situation, it is always good to take intervals and give your brain some time to relax. As in a relaxed state, your mind becomes more receptive to what is being read and helps you memorize faster.