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Scientifically Proven Best Ways to Study

October 10, 2019

For those of us in school who are trying to
figure out the most effective way to study, science is here on hand to help. While it has been traditionally thought by
many of us over the years that long hours in front of the computer or in the library,
before an important exam, are required to maximize study time, this is actually not
the case. So forget about long nights, with eyelids
drooping over pages and pages of text, scientific research has expressed quite clearly that
that isn’t the way to study smart. And it turns out smart studying is a lot more
fun than we might have thought. So just what cool techniques work best to
maximize those precious days before the big exam? That’s what we’ll find out, in this episode
of The Infographics Show, Scientifically Proven Best Ways to Study. First of all, an unlikely helper is exercise. Blood chemistry has been proven to change
the way the brain works, as the brain, the happy recipient of vital nutrients through
exercise, repays the favor by increasing brain performance in the shape of a better and longer
attention span, smoother information processing, and more fluid problem solving skills. How does this work? Well, exercise releases an important blend
of mood altering hormones including dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. This neural cocktail greatly enhances brain
performance required for study and information retention, so in between study sessions, we
should seriously consider hitting the gym, swimming some laps, kicking a ball around,
or even dancing a few steps because any kind of exercise greatly improves brain power. These exercise sessions also help to break
up the study sessions, which is crucial to avoiding cramming, a scientifically disproven
method. The problem with cramming is that overloaded
information does not have a chance to enter the long term memory. Short-term memory is the free crazy space
within your brain – information rattles around inside there but what we need to do
is turn that information into knowledge. And that doesn’t happen by cramming. The transformation from short term information
into long term knowledge occurs through repeated exposure to that information, retelling of
that information, and reflection of that information. So if you learn about a topic, put down the
book, and then hit the gym and reflect up on it, or talk to somebody else who has knowledge
on the subject, and then you are far more likely to retain that short term information
and turn it into long term knowledge. You must also vary your study program. Smart study isn’t about just reading the
material over and over and over again, ad nauseam. Although this may seem like the easiest way,
it is totally counterproductive. A 2010 study from Washington University compared
the effectiveness of repeated testing over repeated studying and found that testing is
far more effective than simply rereading. So in between short exercise and study sessions,
why not test yourself now and again? Or better still find a study partner who is
tackling the same subject and test one another, compare your results, talk about them, and
continue your study program, in between exercising. There is no reason you should study completely
alone, and without adequate testing, you will fail to see where the real information gaps
are. Finally, get as much sleep as you can, because
sleep is crucial to brain development. When awake for the first few hours in the
day, our alpha brain waves are most active, which is the brain state most suited to the
acquisition of information and knowledge. A good study program should not only include
exercise, short intense study sessions, and social learning, it should also include a
good night’s sleep and perhaps, if your day allows it, a cheeky power nap in the afternoon. A nap in the day time will give you two bursts
of alpha brain waves for one day’s study. And the benefit of sleep doesn’t end there. When you acquire information, brain cells
grow new connections that reach out and connect with one another. Sleep helps these cells grow and connect,
so if we think of our brain as a tree, sleep is like the miracle grow, and while we sleep,
all the tiny branches will grow and flourish. Conversely, all night study sessions do not
work, as our ability to process information is hindered by our restlessness, and the information
overload is simply overbearing. Scientific research has shown that it can
take up to 4 days for our brains to return back to normal after we’ve been awake for
an entire night. We should take breaks every hour and not work
straight through. Study for an hour, do some exercise, speak
to a study friend, and return to the source material. While some experts might argue, researchers
at Stanford School of Medicine agree that playing certain types of music such as classical
may help students engage in the source material. While some of us prefer complete silence,
an uplifting piece of non-distracting music (without lyrics) may improve mood and increase
the chances of information retention. In active learning studies, some scholars
have suggested that dopamine is the brain’s save button, so some light, uplifting music,
a favorite warm drink, and a box of cookies could also help us retain knowledge, as the
brain, while in its reward mode, is more receptive to whatever stimuli is present, including
that study material. Also science has shown us that, as ridiculous
as it may seem, striking a power pose before entering the exam room may be to our benefit. So think Superman or Wonder Woman – put
your hands on your hips, move your legs apart, chest expanded, deep breath, and say something
awe-inspiring. You may want to do this in private, like in
the bathroom before a test, but this is completely your own choice. Although you may feel stupid, and will probably
look a bit odd, this posturing will reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase testosterone,
making you scientifically stronger and better prepared for that test. So remember take breaks, sleep, exercise,
talk about your material with study pals, strike a pose, and you’ll be as good as
ready for that test. Are there other tried and true methods that
we failed to mention? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Private Schools vs Public Schools. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!


  • Reply The Infographics Show January 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Strike a pose!

    Who are you posing as before exams? 💪😜

  • Reply Julie Sunshine August 9, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    This is not going to help me remember four pages of script

  • Reply JJP Peregrino August 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Video: Tells us the best ways to study

    Me: The best way to study is to study minutes before the test

  • Reply Bora Corba August 11, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Cheers for this, been searching for "how to memorize 10 pages" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of – Yiyevi Ponevi Approach – (search on google ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my m8 got excellent success with it.

  • Reply Robert Michon August 11, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Winner of a video, I've been looking for "how to memorize things quickly and easily" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Yiyevi Ponevi Approach – (just google it ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my m8 got cool success with it.

  • Reply Vendi Vukelic August 11, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    This was great, thanks, I been tryin to find out about "memorization tips for kinesthetic learners" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Yiyevi Ponevi Approach – (just google it ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my mate got cool success with it.

  • Reply ToxicRBLX August 12, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Thanks bruh!

  • Reply Saharin Cuker August 12, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Many thanks, I've been looking for "how to memorize a test quickly" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Yiyevi Ponevi Approach – (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my brother in law got excellent results with it.

  • Reply Dagur The Informed August 12, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Can I listen to alpha waves music to make my study session more effective?

  • Reply dear sir August 14, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Just take adderall

  • Reply tyler fan August 14, 2019 at 2:09 am

    School's about to start and this video was recommended to me? thonk

  • Reply Ryanl Ramilo August 14, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Get as much sleep as you can
    ah oh i left the group

  • Reply josh davis August 14, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Come check out my study with me video. Just released the lofi hip hop edition

  • Reply Sucy Wu August 15, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Hmm, short intense study, how short should it be? The POMORODO technique (25 mins) never works for me, I personally study 45-60 mins for a session, then take 15 mins rest.

  • Reply Rever Sleve August 16, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    These days you can't find a video about just how to sit properly while not facing a laptop. -_-

  • Reply Johnathan Roan August 20, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Scientific research just made it more complicated making people even less likely to do it. If people aren’t willing to do that much it will be less effective if the have to make themselves do it.

    Study right:
    Talk to others about it

    A lot of people don’t even do the exercise part and unless you’re into the topic I don’t know if people will talk much about what they are studying. I’m sure people will strike a pose but I think if they didn’t follow through with everything else it might not help too much.

  • Reply Advance August 21, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Step 1 :- Start Studying

  • Reply Sunflower 02 August 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    ‘Studying is actually more fun’

    Get out mannnnn!

  • Reply Hackademic Captain August 22, 2019 at 8:19 am


  • Reply ᄆᄆ TEMPEST August 22, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Me : i studied till 3:00 am
    Friend : when started ?
    Me : 2:55 am

  • Reply ᄆᄆ TEMPEST August 22, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    When there is a test and you have not studied then remember that sleeping helps enhance you're brain

  • Reply Affan Taj August 27, 2019 at 2:24 am


  • Reply FinalAspiration August 27, 2019 at 1:49 pm



  • Reply Only One MITCH! August 27, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    studying takes patient

  • Reply iipostupii August 28, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Bro u should have made it Mar 27 2018 because my brother just did exam that day
    Edit: he failed

  • Reply Jingle Jangle August 28, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Lifting weights wont make you smart

  • Reply Toba August 28, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Nobody :

    No one :

    Not a single soul:

    Me : Watching this in the first day of school…

  • Reply Adrienne Marin August 29, 2019 at 3:24 am

    I am having trouble with energy and focus. I’ll look around your channel. Thanks!

  • Reply Oratio G August 29, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    What about spanking the 🐵?

  • Reply Aarav Nigam August 31, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Make a video mentioning of different power poses. Also, please make your videos more detailed and covering all the main content.

  • Reply ThaGhostY September 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    dose faping count as exercise?

  • Reply ob1 September 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    2:39 i know what you guys are thinking

  • Reply Daniels September 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    6 milion

  • Reply Boy Kage September 4, 2019 at 1:14 am

    I am trying not to study so I am watching this vid hahaha

  • Reply Maveritz September 5, 2019 at 9:55 am

    actually,not just classical music that can make you smart,but another music that you like is can make you smart too

  • Reply Idrxp Drip September 6, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Im So Trash at Science

  • Reply flying horses September 6, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Ooh okay this is a favroute method of mine for all the creative people's out there create a poster of thinks you need to know and go over them in your head while drawing get someone you know to test you while drawing it really helps me

  • Reply oblivion September 6, 2019 at 6:16 am

    2 weeks into school and have already watched this video 5 times, sick

  • Reply tin gles September 6, 2019 at 9:47 am

    me runs on a treadmill while studying

  • Reply Dibs Migee September 8, 2019 at 5:07 am

    imagine all the people with photographic memory

    laughing at us


  • Reply xS0N1Kx September 8, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Hmmm, so maybe I should change something…no friends, getting 5 hours of sleep, never working out and (trying) to read a textbook for a whole afternoon.

  • Reply NINJA KING September 9, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Did it work

  • Reply sweetmarsy September 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I'm a visual learner but my online school barely has any pictures. Oof.

  • Reply Ayush Kawale September 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    How to make such videos?

  • Reply Sami Motassim September 10, 2019 at 9:32 pm


  • Reply agoru faustine September 10, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Prayer, though

  • Reply agoru faustine September 10, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Pray first

  • Reply DarkMetro888 September 11, 2019 at 11:12 am

    cough cough ADDERALL cough cough

  • Reply whammo12 September 11, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I don't have time to do all of this. I have to study!

  • Reply Basit Hamza September 12, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Excellent and effective information, thanks for sharing

  • Reply Alexander Y September 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    who else took notes during the video?

  • Reply Amusingtuber September 14, 2019 at 5:29 pm


  • Reply Cuber v2 M September 16, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Music during Arithmetic study really helps a lot …but is not recommend during Learning something

  • Reply Pea September 16, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Ok if ur reading this comment u failed at studying

  • Reply CubingTECH September 18, 2019 at 12:04 am

    just happened to me

  • Reply Kyla Lopez September 18, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    already failed the first step

  • Reply Keerthana Komathi September 19, 2019 at 4:19 pm


  • Reply Aden Animates September 19, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I like studying its fun

  • Reply Savage ____________ September 20, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    2.3 million people watched this (including me)

    Soo lifeless

  • Reply Cutie Creation Collection September 21, 2019 at 2:03 am

    So I have over 10 exams next week and I have to strike a pose before exams? I think I'm gonna run out of poses first

  • Reply Nguyễn Khương Duy September 22, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I shouldn’t need any
    I think my Extroverted Thinking and Extroverted iNtuition will find the best way eventually

  • Reply Mohammed Rafay Ali September 22, 2019 at 11:55 am


  • Reply eXPLODE September 22, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Turn off the youtube, you have exam tomorrow!

    Like if I’m right

  • Reply Prasenjit Chakravarty September 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    YouTube is the best teacher.

  • Reply slimy satisfaction September 22, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    tomorrow is my physics exam 😥 wish me luck ☹️

  • Reply Solar Revere September 23, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Watching this 30 mins before grade X science exam.

  • Reply 50k subs without a video September 23, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Tomorrow is my exam.
    Wish me luck 😅😅

  • Reply Faithia September 23, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Who else needs to study for a important test

  • Reply Luciano September 24, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Scientists: study takes 8 hours of sleep
    Also scientists while teaching classes: You'll have the time after class, and I bet you do nothing from 10PM till 8AM

  • Reply Sarah ØwØ September 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    the only tip i followed is getting sleep
    and i oop-

  • Reply Bharath September 25, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Who are here are you satisfied if you're just pass 😂😂😁
    I am here lol.

  • Reply Adiyev Adiyev September 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Take rest-with playing video games

  • Reply Rogerina The Killer Queen September 26, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Me:Didn't even study

  • Reply Oscar September 27, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    With exercise surely if depends if you push yourself too hard
    Because when I come back from a run and I've really pushed myself to try and get a PB I struggle to do anything and I feel a bit sick

  • Reply Geetchi Liberachi September 29, 2019 at 7:34 am

    If that's was my study partner I would get nothing done.

  • Reply H8r6e0d44a September 29, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Please translate to arabic language

  • Reply Animated Duo September 30, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Who else is watching while having homework in front of them?

  • Reply Mvuzo Hlabisa September 30, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Before I study. I always first dance, you know.
    Know they say i have killed to a stage, where my grown mind had to be a supper mega.

  • Reply TalooshDaBoss Ø October 1, 2019 at 12:22 am

    anyone else watching this RIGHT before a test

  • Reply Sqfdj 1234 October 1, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Don’t you hate it when you study for that social studies test about all the battles in the civil war but then you forget when you enter school

  • Reply Criptonized Animator October 2, 2019 at 5:12 am


  • Reply TheSword Assassin October 2, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Anyone else than me watching this before exam?

  • Reply Omar Elshennawi October 2, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I haven’t watched the video and I know it will say don’t cram on the last day and don’t use your phone

  • Reply Sukai Truxal October 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! just in time before my big test tomorrow!!
    subscribed for sure!😀

  • Reply GD45 October 3, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I think everybody needed this vid

  • Reply That Thing October 3, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    How did YouTube know that I have a test tomorrow?

  • Reply KingLerz S October 4, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I'm only studying for a new pc

  • Reply TheGaming wizard October 4, 2019 at 4:14 am

    if i fail the exam and fail the year i am gonna be hanging from the ceiling

  • Reply Itz_yannalouise 1011 October 4, 2019 at 11:18 am


  • Reply Itz_yannalouise 1011 October 4, 2019 at 11:19 am

    People who disliked are just people who don't study or don't like to study. Change my mind.

  • Reply Eina Jai October 5, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Who smiles while studying???

  • Reply Nitin Raj October 6, 2019 at 12:32 am

    As a student, I find this video really helpful.

  • Reply Jesse Juarez October 6, 2019 at 1:53 am

    All the things mentioned are the exact thingy i aint doing. I have terrible sleep, i dont work out, etc 😔

  • Reply Jasmi-Ann Paita October 6, 2019 at 7:04 am


  • Reply Migue October 6, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Me : *sees video* ah finally, An educational video.i'm kinda busy in the meantime so i'll just download the video so i can watch it later

    Also me : *Never watches the video*

  • Reply Nikhil Hazari October 6, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Who else is watching while having homework in front of them?

  • Reply BTS Army October 8, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Im here because

    Next year i will be at high school…YEY

  • Reply Adarsh Khanal October 8, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    "Close the video , open the book and study "
    This activity is performed my professionals, don't try this at home….

  • Reply The Basic Dude October 9, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    The qoute comment thing in youtunestarted in the comment section of a youtuber called "Flamingo".

    -Me 2019

  • Reply Kuma's stuff October 9, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I'm here cause I don't know how to study and I'm in 7th grade lol

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