There are three keys to making the most of your time and energy: Sleep, Eat and Breath. These are critical to effective studying for college students.
Believe it or not, sleep plays a role in your information intake! Sleep is your body’s way to strengthen the neural pathways, which means that you can recall things faster. Sleep also helps tune out the background information of your day that doesn’t really require these pathways, which helps to clear the way for your important points.
An effective study strategy is nightly review, study your notes just before you go to bed to help remember the learned material.
Read more on this subject from Scientific American... "Without a nighttime reset, synapses could burn out like an outlet with too many appliances plugged in."
Eating is another key to effective studying. Your brain uses between 20 to 25 per cent of your daily energy, which means that college isn’t the time to drastically decrease your calorie intake. See if you can incorporate a variety of foods, and increase the amount of fruits and veggies in your diet.
It is also essential to eat breakfast as a student, as this sets the tone for how effectively your brain is able to work through the rest of the day.
Check out this recipe for overnight oats from Minimalist Baker for an excellent breakfast. (yoghurt can be subbed for peanut butter in this recipe and once you've learned the process, your imagination is the only limit.)
The third and final key is Breathe, and this is something that we often need to remind ourselves to do. In times of stress, take five minutes to sit and breathe. The most effective technique is TAKE 5, which gives visual cues. Take certain points through the day or just before bed to sit and breathe.
See if you can count your breath and slowly make your way to inhale and exhale for 8 counts.
Learn more about Practicing Mindfulness in College...