1. PUT THAT PHONE AWAY
As hard as it is, I swear to you it helps. Think about it: You’re sitting in the library and you are determined to study or complete an assignment. Then you leave your phone faced up on the desk within arm’s reach. Your phone starts buzzing with notifications and you peek over at every single one of them. You realize having the phone facing up was a bad idea, so you flip it over and get back to work. Still, the phone buzzes and you are fighting (so freaking hard) the impulse to check that notification, wondering what it could be. Who could be texting me? What if it’s an emergency? The curiosity is burning you and you have to pick it up and check. Then, these steps occur repeatedly until you realize that an hour has passed and you haven’t even started.
2. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
I’m sure there are other more specific and scientifically proven techniques, but this is what I have been doing and what has been helping me. Take regular breaks (about 5 minutes) after 20-30 minutes of studying. This keeps your mind fresh. Instead of spending those 5 mins on your phone, try to go outside and take in some fresh air and sunshine. When you come back to study, do a quick review on what you had studied before the break so it becomes engrained in your memory.
3. CHANGE UP YOUR STUDY SPACES
I love studying at the library because it’s quiet and there aren’t many distractions. Most of all, being surrounded by other students who are also studying, naturally encourages me to study dedicated as well. But, I recently discovered that changing my study space helped me retain more information. Studying in different locations somehow helps you remember what you learned there, better.
4. STUDY GROUPS
I, personally, found that working with at least one other peer, especially when going through a difficult reading assignment or project, is incredibly helpful. Not only does the weight of the assignment feel lighter but you can make sure that you understand the material correctly. Also, you can do fun things like schedule lunch/study dates with them. Some of them might end up becoming one of your best friends and maintain that friendship even after college!
This isn’t exactly a study tip, but if you’re a student, chances are you aren’t getting enough sleep. Sleep is important for learning and memory, which will reflect on those grades. Sometimes I wish humans didn’t have to sleep, imagine all the extra time we would have! Imagine all the work we could accomplish with an extra 8 hours a day! But in reality, we need sleep to function. So re-prioritize tasks if needed, but get that beauty sleep!!
For all of my fellow college students going through midterms right now, I hope these 5 tips help you out a bit! Good luck!
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