Some suggestions for digital study
Did you know your brain only retains 47% of information after 20 minutes of study? We’ve put together some tips below to help you retain as much of your online study as possible.
- Plan your note taking
Make sure you understand what your study goals are before you start reading/ watching your learning materials. This will help you make notes about the key points only, too many notes can lead to information overload.
- Be ready to listen to other participants
Make sure there are no distractions, If you are listening to a video tutorial make sure there is no background music or noise that will make it hard for you to hear or concentrate on what your lecturer is talking about.
- Take a note-taking approach that allows you to keep up with the lesson
If you're not practiced at handling multiple devices, note-taking using phone, tablet or another application on your desktop can get confusing. Try using pen and paper next to your device if this happens to you.
- Compile your notes
Take notes while you are reviewing your reading materials as well as any online resources, then at the end of the day review all your notes to link ideas and concepts together.
- Get creative with your notes
Opt for diagrams and pictures, if you have a hard time finding the right words when taking notes drawing diagrams, brain storming, bullet points and pictures are a great way to get ideas down on paper.
- Use colour to arrange key notes
Use different coloured highlighters to highlight key points and ideas and also to link information together, this will make it easier when you review your notes and compare notes from other sources. Coloured post it notes are also a great way to add additional information to notes you have already taken and bring ideas together once you have had a chance to process the information.
- Review your notes
At the end of your study day or straight after the lecture, review all of your notes, the information will still be fresh in your mind, giving you the opportunity to make the most of your notes.