Are you tired of dozing off trying to recall information from class? Sick of struggling to remember those key points for that test you have tomorrow? Dreading next science class because you're definitely not ready for that “pop” quiz you heard about from your friend? If this is you (or not, that’s fine too) then your in for a treat! Let’s face it, studying can be a real drag. Who wants to sit and go over the same notes you just spent the last couple hours of your life listening too. I get it, and so do all the other teenagers out there who are just trying to get some sleep. So, for your enjoyment I've compiled a grand list of the ULTIMATE study tips for those of you who want to spice up your study life!
When sitting in a dimly lit room watching a powerpoint on something you probably need to know for that test coming up, it can be hard to stay engaged. Especially when your teachers voice seems to just drone on and on. The ultimate hack for staying engaged (and getting the most fantastic study notes you’ve ever seen) is actually quite simple… Colored pens! Especially the gel ones, those things make your writing flow like water through that leak in the roof of the classroom. Colored pens make everything better! EVERYTHING. Color coding your notes not only helps make the lesson more interesting but has also been proven to improve your memory of the material. Plus, it’s fun to write in colors, so you’re bound to write down as much as possible!
Study Rap Yo
Struggling to remember those key components of last unit? It happens to the best of us! Don’t sweat it, instead try tip #2. Turn those components into a song, poem or rhyme. Your probably thinking this is ridiculous, but think about it for a moment. You can still remember all the lyrics to that old Taylor Swift song that played on the radio the other day. There’s nothing stopping you from taking your favourite tune and incorporating key words or phrases to help you recall information for important exams. Make a rhyme, spend the time, and that test will turn out fine!
Your Personal Ted Talk
One of the most underrated tricks for remembering material is trying to explain that crap to someone else. Even if you THINK you understand something, trying to explain it to a friend or classmate can really put that understanding to the test. Grab your best friend, a fellow confused classmate, a family member or even a mirror, and do your best to explain whatever topic you need to know for that crazy history test. If you can successfully explain it to others, you not only gain confidence in your ability to comprehend said topic but a better understanding of the key components that make it up. Say it out loud
Study groups can be a real hit or miss nowadays. Either your friends are too distracting as they try to show you Tik Tok videos or laugh at memes, or they can keep you on task and improve your production. Let’s be honest, there’s really no in-between. The key is finding a study buddy you know you work well with and can share the occasional joke or pun. Create a goal or promise with one another to keep each other focused and stick to it. Having a study buddy can sometimes be the push you need to keep those study habits up! How to form a study group
Studying with your Senses
Music is a popular go to for a lot of people while they study but depending on what your listening to, it may be hindering you thought process. While you may love that pounding bass and hype lyrics it’s probably diverting your attention from your work. We all have that fire playlist we can rock out too but it’s probably not the best choice when studying. If your anything like me and enjoying belting song lyrics or getting your air guitar on, try this tip. Personally, I enjoy instrumental song covers. I find they improve my focus and lull me into my own study dimension. If instrumental isn't your piece of cake, try music with a slower tempo or upbeat if it’s almost 2am and you’re trying to stay awake. Wordless songs work best because the lyrics won't lead your brain off track.
There’s no ‘secret recipe’ for the perfect study session, but with the help of these tips any student can create their own personalized study attack! Good luck to all the students out there! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a test to study for…
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