Knowledge builds on itself. You are constantly expanding upon different facts and concepts you have previously learned. But in order to do this, you have to remember what you’ve done. It takes repetition to convert information to your long-term memory. Knowing how to study more effectively can help you be more successful.

Here are a few simple changes you can make to the way you study to get more out of your time and effort:

Remove Distractions

First and foremost, know what counts as a distraction to you. Some people actually study better with music playing, while for others it takes their attention away from what they should be doing. Turn your phone on silent or put it in a different room if you know you’ll be tempted to check every text or scroll through social media.

Consider changing locations if there are people, pets, or other activities around you that will catch your eye or make distracting noises. Putting up a trifold display board around your workspace can help remove visual distractions. Also, clear your desk of any items you don’t need and may be tempted to play with.

If your mind is racing, that can be a distraction as well. Grab a piece of paper and do a quick “brain dump” where you write down everything you’re thinking about. Getting it out of your head and onto paper can help you to concentrate better.

Start Small

Break down bigger topics into smaller parts. Focus on one concept at a time. Work through that information until you have a firm understanding before you move onto the next one. It doesn’t help to rush ahead if you can’t recall what came before. It can be beneficial to review your notes at the end of each day so you’re seeing the information again while it’s still fresh in your mind.

Schedule It Out

Instead of cramming the night before a test, use your planner to schedule out your study sessions. Look at the content that you need to know, then spread it out over several days. This can help you to keep from feeling overwhelmed which can detract from your studying. Give yourself plenty of time to go through the material and ask questions before the test if there is something you don’t understand.

Explain It to Someone Else

A great way to check for understanding is to try explaining what you’ve been studying to someone else. Are you able to clearly tell them how to do something, or how something works? Can you recall the correct order of events and their impact? If you’re struggling to remember key details, it’s a sign you haven’t quite mastered the material.

Go Back and Review

Once the test is over, don’t stop studying. Periodically review material that you’ve previously learned so you don’t forget it. Make sure you can still accurately answer your flashcards. There is a good chance you’ll see the information again, whether later in the year, or as part of another course.

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