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Do you need to study every day to be good at a subject?

how to study study habits study smart Feb 21, 2024

If you are a school, college, or university student, probably the above question is something you have already asked yourself. You must have seen friends with great competency in a particular subject and wondered "Gee, how can I be as good as them at this course/subject?" While comparing your abilities to someone else's might not be the most accurate way to go about this, it is worthwhile to investigate if being consistent with studying a particular discipline has anything to do with you getting good at it; and if so, how and why.

Over the last several decades, many researchers around the world have found out the effectiveness of repeating something consistently for the purpose of building capability towards it. For example, if you want to become good at Tennis, what is most needed is to get on a court and practice, methodically, and frequently. Applying the same phenomena to the subject question, my understanding and finding is that, "Yes, you need to study a subject frequently and effectively to be a master at it, or say, a great disciple of the subject."

Now let's try to break this down further. The terms 'frequently', and 'effectively' are, I believe, wague, in this context. Frequency does not have to be daily. However, it will have to be a few times over the week. When you learn something new, it is natural that you tend to forget most of it by the very next day. So revising and revisiting frequently is imperative. In terms of effectiveness, what is most effective for one individual and another will be totally different. Some people might find YouTube shorts/tutorials to be the best sources of explanation while some other people might find self-drafted short notes to be the best way of remembering and recalling things. What is important is that you find what works best for you and stick to that. When you do go through the content of a subject over and over again, in the way that works for you, you are bound to get better at it.

So the answer to the question in the subject line of this article is, Yes, it might not be daily, but of course, frequently, with the tools and systems that would work for you. Then you will get better at whatever you study.