Top 10 Study Tips
I’ll be the first to put this out there. I’m horrible at studying, I get distracted to easily and always put it off until the last minute (I do not EVER recommend that). I try and try but could never study properly. This semester, I really had to work on my studying skills which is why I wanted to share with you my ways that I study.
- Plan out your week in advance- When I plan out my weeks, I know exactly what is due and when. I always put my work schedule, class schedule, if I have any homework to do or when I have an exam coming up. I also block off time to ensure that I study before an exam and with enough time that I can remember the information.
- Don’t study at home- If you’re anything like me then studying at home is impossible. I get distracted way to easily and when I’m home there are so many things I would rather do. I always find it easier going somewhere to study whether it be at school in a secluded area or going to Starbucks. Many restaurants don’t mind you going in to do homework, just be courteous of how busy they are and always order something (water doesn’t count, actually order something)
- Rewrite your notes- This was something I learned this semester. Write your notes in class but later on when you are studying rewrite the notes, using color and shapes. I carry with me these color pens to help write my notes and that way I know what to really study and what doesn’t need as much attention.
- Decide if you can study with friends or alone- For me it is alone but some people like studying with friends. I have to study by myself but I listen to music and keep my phone by me so just in case I have questions, I know I can text my friends and they will help me. But I get distracted just as easily with friends as I do at home so I have to study by myself. It’s your judgement call on if you study by yourself or with friends.
- Only study for 30 minutes at a time- This is a big one, studying for long periods of time is hard for you to retain everything. 30 minutes, I think is the best way to understand everything. I study for 30 minutes and then I take a break and then come back. It makes it easier for someone like me, who get distracted and has a hard time paying attention to study.
- Eat a healthy snack, avoid sugary snacks- Honestly, when I eat sugary snacks I get the jitters. So when I’m studying I have to eat something healthy so depending on if I’m studying at school or at Starbucks it depends on what I snack on. But I have to snack. I love celery and carrots so that will be what I have at the school. But when I’m at Starbucks, I like getting those little protein snack boxes. Eating healthy during studying can really help your brain keep focused too.
- Listen to music- Before my cancer treatments, I was one of those lucky ones that didn’t have to study but now I have to study anything and everything in order to remember things. I love music so when I listen to it while I’m studying a harder topic, I remember what I studied. Usually, I have to listen to the same song over and over again but Ip eventually, I am able to remember it. I have to take my tests in my schools Disability Services Center so I am in a secluded area but I am on camera. They probably get a kick out of me testing because I’m always tapping to remember the beat of the song or lip syncing the songs. But it works and it helps my grades.
- Study with plenty of days in advance and don’t cram the night before- I am notorious for cramming everything the night before, I still do that at times but when I actually study and put my mind to it, I start a couple of weeks in advance. Just start by going over old homework and then notes. If there is a practice test, try taking it without help and then look at notes once you’re done. In my degree the more practice you do the easier it is.
- Don’t stay up too late- I won’t lie to you, I cannot stay up past 9:30 on most nights. I love my sleep and I have to get at least 8 hours every night or I can’t focus the next day. I know in college it is inevitable to not stay up late but just remember that it is important to be well rested, and sleeping actually helps you remember things better especially if you study right before bed. But make sure you are getting enough sleep every night.
- Don’t stress- I know, I know… it’s school there is no possible way not to stress about it but you really just need to realize that it is just school. It isn’t your entire life. If you fail a test just change your study tactics. LeBron James didn’t become a professional basketball player overnight so don’t think you have to finish college in one year. Don’t stress that much about school, you can do this. Just stay calm. Believe in yourself and Don’t Stress.
Finals Week is coming up for most of us so start by getting yourself prepared for that. Plan out you finals schedule and build a study routine from there. Just take it as being one step closer to being done with school and just know that your education doesn’t define who you are. Good Luck on all of your finals and I’m praying that all of you pass with the grades you need.