October 7, 2015

Four Tips to Better Your Study Time


Four Tips to Better Your Study Time

Studying for cosmetology exams can be tough.  For most people, they think all you are learning about is hair, skin and nails.  Little do they know, you are learning about anatomy, electricity and business practices.  In other words, these aren’t easy exams—they take serious preparation.  How you go about this preparation determines how you will perform on the exam, and everyone knows you want to do well.  Follow these tips and you will find success.

1. Sit in a firm chair at a desk or table

By sitting at a desk or table, you are actually sitting in a similar environment to where you will be taking the exam.  This is important because your brain will better comprehend the information you learned in class, you will be able to study and will be more apt to perform well if you have done so in the same seated position.  Sit-up straight, put both feet on the floor, and take a few deep breaths before you begin to ensure you have good posture.  This allows you to clear your mind and focus on the task at hand.

2. Ensure that there are no distractions or interruptions

It is vital that your study environment be as similar to the testing environment as possible.  A well lit room that is quiet is a part of that environment.  If you have children or a spouse, it is important to let them know that you need your time to study.  Perhaps you can find time to do so once they are in bed, or before they wake up. Once you find a good time, stick with it.  A good schedule allows for a solid routine.  Turn off all music, the TV, put away your phone and focus on your notes and textbook. 

3. Observe the information 5 different ways

Sure this seems like a lot of work, but to really understand the information people should study it 5 different ways.  Once the information is learned, there is no point in studying it any further.  Here are five ways you can utilize work to better your studying:

1. Flashcards for all vocabulary words

2. Reading the textbook

3. Taking Notes from textbook and class notes

4. Reading/Reviewing notes from textbook and class notes

5. Taking the practice exams on the textbook website or at the end of each chapter. 

By utilizing these steps, you gain a comprehensive understanding of the text, and each aspect of it.  This type of preparation, in addition to classwork, should prepare you well for the exam! 

4. Know your learning style

Last, but certainly not least, it is so very important that you know how you best learn.  What is your best learning type and how can you take advantage of it?