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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds In improving your study techniques, you will learn about a brain-friendly study method. So what do we actually mean by studying brain-friendly? It means not doing everything at once. Our method lets your brain do what it is good at– doing one thing at a time. Many students, though, try to understand and remember everything at the same time, but that’s like trying to eat an entire loaf of bread in one go. Not only is it very unpleasant, but also, you won’t succeed. Nobody can eat an entire loaf of bread in one go. So divide your studying into manageable pieces. In our method, we split the studying up in three different steps– previewing, studying, and revising.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds If you do all of these steps correctly, you will make your studying brain-friendly. That means it will be more fun to do, with better results. In this video, we’ll explain the principles of the three-step model. Step 1 is preview. In this step, you prepare your brain for the study material– so for the information that’s about to come. It’s a small step with an enormous return rate. You make a kind of blueprint of the material. What themes will be discussed? What’s in the table of contents? And what’s the chapter going to be about? But you’re not going to start reading everything at this point.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 seconds You do that in step 2, study, when you read everything carefully and summarise all the material you have covered. You should try to understand the material, but you don’t have to remember it all at this stage. You do that in step 3– revise, working on remembering everything. Many students forget this step, or they don’t spend enough time on it. Yet revising the material is just as important as studying. If you do it properly, not only will you recognise the information, but you can also recall that information from your own memory. If you use this three-step plan of preview, study, and revise, you’ll find that studying is much more creative and fun and produces far better results.

Skip to 2 minutes and 25 seconds We’ll take an in-depth look at all three steps during this course. But before that, we need to do one other thing– prepare for a good start.

The three-step model

One method that can help you improve your study techniques is called the three-step model. With this model, you work step-by-step and you will never overload your brain anymore. That’s why we call it a brain-friendly way of studying. It helps you to study with less stress, more motivation and more focus.

In the following weeks we will deal with the 3 steps of the three-step model one by one:

  • Week 1 - step 1: Preview
  • Week 2 - step 2: Study
  • Week 3 - step 3: Revise

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