Calling all Students: What are the most effective study techniques to use? [Research]

Sara | AbstractedCollective
2 min readOct 23, 2020


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Sometimes I really regret not chancing upon research articles like this back when I was a student in college. 😉

I loved studying but was a very lazy student and was always consistently on the hunt for the most efficient study techniques — so that I could study less and party more! Haha

I constantly resorted to procrastinating on my studies — particularly if I was mugging for exams. And I also resorted to very “easy” study techniques — I simply reread textbook notes, highlighted whatever I read (which was almost 90% of the page) and attempted to write summaries.

I was taught the Cornell note-taking method and though I loved it, I never really quite used it. Yes, I was lazy.

I did not quite know how to organise my notes too but that’s a story and a podcast for another day.

So when I took up my MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience in Mental Health from King’s College London 2 years ago, whilst balancing my full-time job and this side hustle, I was determined to be a much better student.

I tweaked my methods and found my stride and did graduate with good grades.

In this episode, I’d be sharing results from a research article that a group of researchers have done in determining which study technique is of high effectiveness and has great utility to students.

(Hint: It’s definitely not highlighting.)

Listen on to find out more. This episode will definitely be useful if you are studying any kind of content or if you are hoping to retain information from the books and materials you’ve read. It’s useful for students and non-students.

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Originally published at on October 23, 2020.



Sara | AbstractedCollective

I write about relationships, personal growth and mental health. Dreamer. Tea addict. Researcher.