College students have to take on lots of reading and memorization, and sometimes, it’s just too much to handle. So how do you manage to read everything you need to AND remember it all? Just try out these 52 tips and you’ll be in much better shape when test time rolls around.

Read Faster

Put these tips to work to boost your reading speed.

  1. Don’t read aloud: Stay away from vocalization or subvocalization, which will dramatically reduce your reading speed.
  2. Skip around: Don’t be afraid to skip paragraphs and words that aren’t important.
  3. Give yourself less time: Push yourself to reduce the time you take to read blocks of information, and you’ll get better at it.
  4. Use your hands: Move your hand down the page as you read, keeping a constant motion.
  5. Stop fidgeting: Nervous habits can reduce your concentration.
  6. Don’t pause for periods and commas: Read all the way through periods and commas.
  7. Use a pointer: Run a pointer along lines as you read to force your eyes to follow the tip of your pointer.
  8. Pay attention: Read as if it really matters-don’t read in a passive, inattentive way.
  9. Build your vocabulary: The more words you know, the faster you’ll be able to read.
  10. Read in chunks of words: Do your best not to spend much time on each word, rather reading in phrases of multiple words.
  11. Continually ask questions: Stay focused by asking yourself questions frequently.
  12. Don’t reread: Rereading text you’ve already been over will disrupt your brain’s flow.
  13. Change reading speeds: Depending on the difficulty and content, speed up or slow down your reading.
  14. Practice reading: In practice reading, you’ll read much faster than you actually do, just to see the text faster and train your brain.
  15. Avoid reading unnecessary items: If you really don’t need to read that joke email, avoid it and save your reading time for what matters.
  16. Hop around the text: Bounce your hand across the page multiple times per line to skim text.
  17. Use an index card: Cover the page with an index card under the line you’re reading to improve your focus.
  18. Hang a do not disturb sign: Keep distractions away by making it clear you shouldn’t be bothered.
  19. Cut out distractions: Don’t watch TV or sit in a noisy room when you’re trying to read.
  20. Skim: Before and after reading, skim the text to get an introduction to the topic as well as find key points.
  21. Keep a notepad: Write down distracting questions or thoughts to deal with later so that you can keep going on the text at hand.
  22. Take a break: If you find yourself losing focus, take a few minutes to stop reading and get back to it with your full attention.
  23. Sweep the page: Use the sweep method to sweep your hand across each line as you read it.
  24. Be motivated: Think about why it’s important for you to be reading what you are, and you will be more focused and alert.
  25. Read throughout the day: Fit reading into tiny chunks of your day.

Remember More

Follow these tips, and it will be easy for you to remember more.

  1. Pay attention: Commit yourself to learning the material at hand-you’ll give yourself a much better chance of remembering it if you actually learn it in the first place.
  2. Eat less: Reducing your calorie intake can help boost your cognitive ability and memory.
  3. Break things into small chunks: Study small, related chunks to optimize learning for your working memory.
  4. Know and use your learning style: Tailor information to fit your learning style, whether it’s visual or auditory.
  5. Visualize it: By visualizing concepts, you’ll be able to memorize them fast and recall them better.
  6. Spread things out: Break learning up into separate sessions rather than marathons.
  7. Be creative: If you want to remember your dreams better, become a more creative person.
  8. Involve your senses: Use as many senses as possible to imprint information into your brain.
  9. Build upon what you know: Whenever possible, combine new information with things you’re already familiar with.
  10. Draw it: Draw items in a chart, diagram, or picture to cement them in your mind.
  11. Learn to play a new musical instrument: Challenge your brain with a new mental skill to improve your memory.
  12. Let go of easy information: Don’t force yourself to remember small things like appointments and tasks-use calendars, notepads and other tools to take a load off and focus on remembering what really matters.
  13. Stay socially engaged: Social engagement can go a long way to keeping your brain and memory sharp.
  14. Relate to the real world: Think about what you’re studying in a real life situation to make it more attainable.
  15. Study before bed: Sleeping after learning can help you solidify memory.
  16. Challenge your brain: Use puzzles and games to keep your brain active and improve its function.
  17. Use something catchy: You can memorize faster with catchy puns and phrases.
  18. Say it out loud: If you repeat something out loud from memory, you’ll be able to memorize it faster.
  19. Don’t overdo it: Learn a lot in one small session instead of focusing on one thing for an extended period of time.
  20. Repeat things: Repetition is the key to memory, so repeat things more.
  21. Convince yourself you have a good memory: Don’t give up-commit yourself to improve your memory.
  22. Always keep learning: Flex your brain’s muscles on a regular basis to keep your memory sharp.
  23. Write it down: Writing things down won’t just leave you with a reminder for later, it will help you to reproduce the memory in your mind.
  24. Stay motivated: Be motivated to improve your memory, and you’ll have a better chance.
  25. Don’t cram: Stay away from cramming at the last minute, which can overwhelm your memory.
  26. Exercise: Regular exercise can help you keep your brain sharp even as you age.
  27. Learn a new language: Develop new mental skills that can spur the development of new nerve connections.

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