Scientifically Proven Best Ways to Study


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!

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100 thoughts on “Scientifically Proven Best Ways to Study”

  1. The Infographics Show says:

    Strike a pose!

    Who are you posing as before exams? 💪😜

  2. Daniels says:

    6 milion

  3. Boy Kage says:

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

  4. Maveritz says:

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

  5. Idrxp Drip says:

    Im So Trash at Science

  6. flying horses says:

    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

  7. oblivion says:

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

  8. tin gles says:

    me runs on a treadmill while studying

  9. Dibs Migee says:

    imagine all the people with photographic memory

    laughing at us


  10. xS0N1Kx says:

    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.

  11. NINJA KING says:

    Did it work

  12. sweetmarsy says:

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

  13. Ayush Kawale says:

    How to make such videos?

  14. agoru faustine says:

    Prayer, though

  15. agoru faustine says:

    Pray first

  16. DarkMetro888 says:

    cough cough ADDERALL cough cough

  17. whammo12 says:

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

  18. Basit Hamza says:

    Excellent and effective information, thanks for sharing

  19. Alexander Y says:

    who else took notes during the video?

  20. Amusingtuber says:


  21. Cuber v2 M says:

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

  22. Pea says:

    Ok if ur reading this comment u failed at studying

  23. CubingTECH says:

    just happened to me

  24. Kyla Lopez says:

    already failed the first step

  25. Keerthana Komathi says:


  26. Aden Animates says:

    I like studying its fun

  27. Savage ____________ says:

    2.3 million people watched this (including me)

    Soo lifeless

  28. Cutie Creation Collection says:

    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

  29. Duy N.K says:

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

  30. Mohammed Rafay Ali says:


  31. eXPLODE says:

    Turn off the youtube, you have exam tomorrow!

    Like if I’m right

  32. Prasenjit Chakravarty says:

    YouTube is the best teacher.

  33. study vibes says:

    tomorrow is my physics exam 😥 wish me luck ☹️

  34. Solar Revere says:

    Watching this 30 mins before grade X science exam.

  35. 50k subs without a video says:

    Tomorrow is my exam.
    Wish me luck 😅😅

  36. Faithia says:

    Who else needs to study for a important test

  37. Luciano says:

    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

  38. Sarah ØwØ says:

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

  39. Bharath says:

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

  40. Adiyev Adiyev says:

    Take rest-with playing video games

  41. Rogerina The Killer Queen says:

    Me:Didn't even study

  42. Oscar says:

    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

  43. Geetchi Liberachi says:

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

  44. H8r6e0d44a says:

    Please translate to arabic language

  45. ANIMATED-DUO says:

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

  46. Mvuzo Hlabisa says:

    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.

  47. TalooshDaBoss Ø says:

    anyone else watching this RIGHT before a test

  48. Sqfdj 1234 says:

    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

  49. Criptonized Animator says:


  50. TheSword Assassin says:

    Anyone else than me watching this before exam?

  51. Omar Elshennawi says:

    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

  52. Sukai Truxal says:

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

  53. GD45 says:

    I think everybody needed this vid

  54. That Thing says:

    How did YouTube know that I have a test tomorrow?

  55. KingLerz S says:

    I'm only studying for a new pc

  56. TheGaming wizard says:

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

  57. Itz_yannalouise 1011 says:


  58. Itz_yannalouise 1011 says:

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

  59. Eina Jai says:

    Who smiles while studying???

  60. Nitin Raj says:

    As a student, I find this video really helpful.

  61. Jesse Juarez says:

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

  62. Jasmi-Ann Paita says:


  63. Migue says:

    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*

  64. Nikhil Hazari says:

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

  65. BTS Army says:

    Im here because

    Next year i will be at high school…YEY

  66. Adarsh Khanal says:

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

  67. 1 Subcriber to Plant 1 Tree at A Local Farm says:

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

    -Me 2019

  68. Kuma's stuff says:

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

  69. Akash M Lal says:

    Fun Fact : Einstein ran a mile everyday just to get his brain started.


  70. Nitish Ravichandran says:

    The best way to study is to study

  71. A M says:

    Wow, a single study proves….nothing…

  72. Cylor says:

    Me: Right! Time to study!

    1 minute later

    Me: How to study.

  73. Photographer Artist says:

    Don't waiste your time and go study .

  74. Kayla Mason says:

    Video: sleep is great!
    Me: Whatching this at 12 am uuuuuuuhhhhhhh

  75. nya delcastillo says:


  76. 10,000 subscribers with no video Challenge says:

    I always get full marks but problem is I forget things :/

  77. Idries IE says:

    Smart people studied hardly
    But jenious people, study smartly

  78. ClubyminerRocks says:

    70% of people watching this video have a test tomorrow but are not studying

  79. Juels 7488 says:

    2:56 what school doesn’t let you do because of studying.

  80. Huseyn Hasanov says:

    My advise is don't eat or drink anything (except water) while you study. You can watch a film, eat or drink something after you finish studying. Reward yourself after studying not while studying. Also you don't motivation to start studying. Just do it, sit down try to start. After 2-3 days later you will not get bored and congratulations you have got new habit but this habit can disappear so quickly. That's why you have to study constantly. Forget everything and just study. Consider this as a mission.

  81. Abi Caterina says:

    I have a whole register to study, and here i am….

  82. Tony Starku says:

    Watching this, hoping that I can learn all our topics in one hour. UHHHHH MIDTERMS!!!!!!

  83. Sumerian says:

    אני עיף מוידאוים שלא יכולים לפתור בעיות שלנו

  84. David Scott says:

    Those squats are giving me aids

  85. Yotsugi Doll says:

    Now I have an excuse to strike Jojo poses at college.

  86. Impit- PUBG Mobile content says:

    I just play video games and start doing homework at 9pm but I'm still the smartest kid in my class 😉

  87. Queen Queen says:

    Yeah.. Tell me how to ace the most important exam of my life.. Yaaas.s. s…

  88. its me NELSON! says:

    And I forgot everything you said in the video

  89. Yassin Jouihri says:

    A: Ehy, let's study together.
    B,C and D: Ok
    A open the book and after 5 minutes
    A: Did you see Joker at the cinema?

  90. Tsitsi Mahere says:

    Thanks this is such and AWSOME vidéo and am ready to nail my exams. 😋

  91. Shanto Beg says:

    Infrographics show is my favourite youtube channel.

  92. 《Keter Kuevas》 Botello says:

    Anyone here go to jehue middle school?

  93. Ash AFR says:

    The Infographics Show: Strike a pose!

    Me before an exam: PROCEEDS TO COMMIT JOJO POSE

  94. FBI • says:

    Study kids, or else you'll live the life you wanted.

  95. Tania Kalsi says:

    Don't have your phone on or nearby!

  96. Zenuine says:

    How do you make your animation

  97. Michael Hive says:

    50 minutes till the math test starts,didn't study and didn't sleep all night because i was taking a 5 minutes fortnite break..

  98. Barry Alan says:

    Me: watches video wanting to know how to study
    Video: Step one is exercise
    Me: Welp I'm gonna fail

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