16 Sep 7 Tips for Better Study Habits
The excitement, apprehension, and general chaos that surround a new school year has come to an end. Everyone is getting into that familiar school routine and homework slowly begins to pile up. With all the sports, events and other activities going on, the last thing you want to do is study. But studying doesn’t always have to be a chore; here’s a small guide offering some helpful hints on how to make study time a little more bearable.
Determine your study style
Are you a crammer? Memorizer? Team studier? Before you dive into studying, you need to figure out what method works for you. Some people do best when they wait until the night before to cram in all their studying. Others do well in groups with multiple study partners. Don’t think there’s only one way to study. If you find yourself struggling with a certain method, mix it up until you find one that fits.
Pick a good study area
A good portion of what affects studying is where you choose to do it. Though some people are able to tune out what’s going on around them, most can’t. A loud and busy cafeteria probably isn’t the best place to go over those math equations. Go to the library or settle down in your room; someplace comfortable and quiet offers the best environment for learning.
As awesome as your snapchat conversation may be, it’s probably not helping you study any better. Working in an area that bombards you with audio and visual distractions will make effective studying difficult. Turn your phone off (or on silent) and use headphones or earplugs to drown out distracting noises and conversations.
Play some music
Music can play a huge part in effective study habits. It affects your mood, your focus, and has even been proven to increase how much you learn and retain. But before you go off making your “Perfect Study” mixtape, the type of music is extremely important. Steer clear of anything with lyrics or heavy beats. Music that has you humming along or singing lyrics will distract you from your studies. Instead, try some classical songs, movie and videogame soundtracks, or nature music.
Procrastination is a refined art that’s difficult to perfect. If you’re not a crammer, don’t try cramming. Instead, pick a day(s) you can commit to studying. Stick to these times until they become a regular part of your week’s activities, and you’ll find studying becomes easier and more effective. Between tests and exams, this time is perfect for doing homework and other projects.
Unless you (oddly) love studying, you’ll inevitably hit a dull and boring study slump. Don’t plan on sitting down for 3 hours to study English because you’ll probably make it 45 minutes before your mind starts to wander. It’s recommended that you tackle studying in 20-25 minute bursts, separated with a short (5 min) break. This keeps your mind refreshed and promotes better learning and retention.
Get some sleep
No amount of breaks will help an exhausted brain. If you feel like you’ve hit your limit at the end of a study marathon, you probably have. Put the books away and go relax and unwind for the evening. Nothing is better for a tired mind than a good night’s rest.
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