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Find the Perfect Study Method for you!
One thing every student can agree on is that studying sucks, right? Actually, not quite. It will be boring if you sit in the library alone with a textbook, but when done right, studying can be something you look forward to. The only trick is friends. I know some people say group studying just doesn’t work for them, which may be true, but not if you do it the right way. If you are tired of your average group study session, chock-full of queue card after queue card and complaining about your professors, then I guarantee I can help you find the perfect method for you and your study buddies. More on starting a study group
For the Jeopardy fanatics:
In your study group, try turning review into a trivia game. Around the world is a classic example: one person faces off in trivia against each person in the group until they lose.
Then, whoever beats them does the same thing until someone makes it around the circle undefeated. To add even more incentive, have everyone pitch in a dollar for a gift card to Tims for the winner. If a prize of coffee doesn’t make you want to study, I don’t
know what will.
For the Netflix bingers:
Have each person turn a chapter into a story, complete with a plotline and character development, and then tell them to each other. Or, go around the table and tell one line of the story at a time, so everyone works together to remember the same concept. Take
mitosis: you can make a real tear-jerker of an ending after the two daughter cells form and split apart forever.
For the lyric geniuses:
If the only reason you know the periodic table of elements by heart is because of the song, then why not try to write one of your own? Making up a song to remember information with your friends guarantees laughs, and also can help with recall in stressful test situations. If you and your friends aren’t quite lyricists, then I suggest turning to YouTube, where there are songs to help remember pretty much anything, from French conjugations to mathematical formulae, and then have a sing-along.
However, I recommend this activity to be done outside of the library, but kudos to you if you’re confident enough to belt out the Periodic Table Song with an audience.
For those who actually keep up with the Kardashians:
If the thought of analyzing another Shakespeare play bores you to death, try adding a fun twist to your summarizing. Host a gossip session over brunch, totally Real Housewives of Beverly Hills style, about how outrageous and betrayed Benvolio must have felt when Romeo completely violated bro code when he ditched the Montague boys for Juliet after the Capulet party. Like, can you believe him?
And did you hear how Romeo ghosted Juliet after being exiled from Verona? Worst boyfriend ever.
All in all, study sessions don’t have to be boring – they can actually fun and productive at the same time. Just don’t be afraid to branch out from your usual study methods, and you’ll be laughing (literally).
Study Skills, Tips and Methods to Try
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