Studying is not always a fun thing to tackle and it can be easy to fall down the rabbit hole thanks to Tumblr or Buzzfeed quizzes. At times, the mind tricks you into thinking that everything and anything is a lot more interesting than studying. Next thing you know it, two hours have gone by and you have only read two sentences of your notes (believe me, I have been there).
Although studying may be the last thing you want to do, it is something that you have to power through. Why? You are building something for your future in every achievement. Plus, the satisfaction you feel once you do well on your exam is totally worth it.
So it’s time to stop procrastinating and Netflixing, and let’s discuss some studying tips!
1. Put down the social media
Log out of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, and other social media outlets that could distract you from studying. If it is crunch time and you need to get some serious studying in, social media can definitely wait.
If you find yourself subconsciously logging back into your social media accounts, download a program to block distracting websites from your computer for a set period of time. For PC, use the program Cold Turkey. For Mac, use the program Self Control.
2. Silence your phone
If you are not expecting an urgent phone call or text, silence your phone and put it away. Sometimes it is easy to subconsciously whip out your phone when studying is not going very well. Power through and check out all of your notifications from your phone later.
3. Leave a trail of gummy bears when reading
This little studying hack gives you incentive for your work. If you need to get a lot of reading done, try leaving a gummy bear trail throughout the page. Once you reach a gummy bear, you get to eat it and move on to the next paragraph.
PS: It does not necessarily have to be gummy bears. It can be whichever snack you prefer, however, a healthy snack is advised.
4. Listen to music
A little music can give you the concentration you need and help block out your surroundings. Finding the right type of music to go well with your studying is important. Tailor your music playlist to the type of subject you are studying. If you are reading or writing, listen to lyric-less tunes.
There are many music websites and services to help you find your perfect studying mix. For example, Pandora, 8tracks, Songza, and Spotify are great options.
5. Chew gum
Chewing gum helps with memorization and keeps you alert. Study shows that it boosts focus and concentration.
6. Say it out loud
Sometimes you remember what you hear and say more than what you read. Study shows that talking out loud improves memory retention. Next time you are studying, read your notes out loud instead of reading them silently. Better yet, study with a buddy. Take turns reading or explaining what the topic is about. This will help reinforce the material.
7. Change up studying places.
If you are tired of studying in your room or the dining table, change up your environment. Try studying outside or go to a coffee shop. Changing up studying environments can help with memory recall. Your brain can make associations between what you were studying and where you were.
8. Make sure to take breaks
Lastly, if you feel like your brain is fried from all of the studying, take a small break. It is important to re-energize yourself.
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