Studying is a subjective activity. Some students are eager to open their books and learn, while others have mastered the art of avoidance. Regardless of your view on studying, one thing is for sure: it has to be done. So, instead of spending your time and energy coming up with ways to avoid your homework, why not check out how you can learn better, increase productivity, and make the process a lot more fun?
Get in the Zone
Make a study zone that is both comfortable and functional. You can choose an area in the house you have not used before. Sit in a comfy bean bag rather than a chair. Study on a stand-up desk and computer station rather than the kitchen table. Set up a zone in your bedroom or home office that is purely for studying. Take some time into making it a place you want to be in.
Make It into a Game
Going over pages of study guides and lecture notes for hours can be ineffective and mind-numbing. You can
- use a mnemonic device to help you recall facts or a large amount of data, i.e. a song, acronym, rhyme, phrase, or an image to help remember a list of information in a particular order.
- use vocabulary bingo,
- teach someone the subject you’re studying. Pick a friend, your mom, or a sibling who doesn’t know the topic and teach them about it. Poring through what you learned helps you retain the information and you can make sure you understand the lessons and concepts.
Have a Study Buddy
Getting together with a good friend or a group of classmates can teach you new study techniques while still getting a few laughs in. Have a debate about a topic you are trying to learn. Choose one person and each of you choose a concept to argue about. If you have a group, they can vote on the winner. With a bigger group, you can test each other by making quizzes, creating true or false mini-tests, and playing trivia games.
Break It Up
Schedule study breaks every hour and do an activity you enjoy. Go for a brisk walk, read a chapter or two in your favorite book, chat with a friend, watch a short video on Youtube, or grab a bite. If an hour is too long, go for half hours and then take a brief five-minute break. Before you take a break, though, gather and jot down what you learned during your study time and add to this list whenever you take a break.
It’s a proven fact that music helps you focus and concentrate. Whether you are listening to tunes while studying or composing your own songs to improve recall of information, music definitely makes a difference.
music definitely makes a difference.