For most people when they hear the word STUDY they feel like curling up in a ball, avoiding the topic completely. They would rather cram for the test the night/morning before! But FEAR NO MORE (well maybe a little; it still may be boring)! Here are some simple study tips that will make STU[DYING] feel more like STU[FLYING].
- Plan for it.
Instead of cramming all of your studying the night/morning before your exam, plan ahead. This will make studying a lot less stressful! As soon as the date of the test is given, record it in a planner. After, make sure you set up daily studying periods for the week before your exam – they don’t have to be long (30 minutes to an hour). Follow your plan and create study sheets to ensure that you do not experience a late night/early morning cram session.
- Study alone before collaborating with a group.
I know some people prefer to study with a group of their classmates, but PLEASE take some time to study solo before collaborating with study partners. This minimizes distractions and allows you to focus on the material. After you feel like you have grasped the content (to an extent), study with your classmates. Quiz one another!
- Create a study game.
This can make studying more fun! Maybe create a jeopardy game or use index cards to quiz your classmates using a points system. You’d be surprised how much you can learn by having a little fun with it!
- Take regular breaks.
You are only human! To ensure you stay concentrated on the subject matter, you must take regular breaks. You will loose your focus if you study too long without taking a breather. Go for a walk, go to the gym, play a couple of rounds of candy crush on your phone, do whatever as long as it is not studying!
- If you prefer music rather than silence, DO IT!
Whether you like to study with relaxing music or classic rock, create your own study playlist! This will make studying more fun and less BORING! Just make sure the music isn’t too distracting (maybe listen to it quietly)!
- Story tell or use examples and acronyms to help remember the material.
Don’t spend hours trying to memorize the content. It won’t benefit you in the long run. Create or use your own stories to help you remember the content. Also, creating your own rhymes and acronyms may help too (especially for lists).
Even though most people dread studying, there are ways to make it better and help you become more prepared! Try out some of these tips or create some of your own studying techniques. Best of luck STU[FLYING]!