Helpful Study Tips

Study, study, study, and more study. That seems to be something that we do a lot when we are in school. It can get stressful and overwhelming at times. We may even be at a loss as to where we begin. When done the right way, however, studying does not need to be so stressful. With the right tips and tricks, studying can turn into something fun and even stress free.

1) Sleep and Healthy Diet

We seem to have this preconceived notion that staying up for an exam all night is the smartest way to go, when it’s not. Sleep is an important piece for the learning process and actually helps you recall what you were studying. Research has shown that sleep not only helps you concentrate better, but also helps consolidate the information that you’ve learned. It is also important to keep a healthy diet. The food you eat does have an impact on how your brain responds to material. Improving your nutrition increases your brain’s function and motivation in school. So instead of reaching for junk food, grab some yummy strawberries, granola bars, or yogurt.

2) Color Code It

Color has a way of enhancing what is on the page. I am not saying to highlight every single word that you write down, but have different colors for different things. This will make it easy to keep track of specific things. For example: blue=dates, pink=places, yellow=key fact, etc.

3) Organization

WRITE IT DOWN! This is so important and it took me a while to figure it out. It is no joke that our lives get busy and we suddenly forget about an assignment or an exam that we have the next day. The moment you walk into your class and realize you forgot about that exam or assignment your stomach just drops. Avoid this altogether by getting a planner and writing out all your assignments and exams for the week. I can easily forget things and being able to open up my planner and see what I’ve jotted down is a huge reminder.

4) Breaks

I am the type of person that once I start something, I am in it till the very end. Studies have shown, however, that students should take a break after 30-50 minutes of doing homework. This does NOT mean watch shows or go on social media. It is recommended that you do something active and, if possible, outdoors. Go for a walk, workout, read outside, etc. This will help give your brain a break and you will come back feeling refreshed and able to focus.

5) Note Taking

For note taking I have split it up into three groups:

– Before Class

Before even going to class, skim the chapter/pages that you will be going over the next day. It does not have to be a thorough reading, but just quickly look over it and jot down anything that does not make sense. If the teacher does not go over it, you have a reminder for yourself to ask questions

– During Class

Abbreviation is important. There are teachers that speak really fast and you need to be able to keep up with what they are saying. Some teachers will have PowerPoint slides and most teachers will make it available to you, so, make sure to write down more of what they say instead of what is written on the PowerPoint. It will give you more of a full picture.

– After Class

This is the time to go back and look through the PowerPoint slides and combine it with what your teacher said in class and the notes in the PowerPoint. Sometimes our notes can get sloppy when trying to keep up with what the teacher is saying and they become a jumbled mess. Even though you may not be a fan of this, rewriting your notes after class is a huge help. You are able to sort out the mess of notes while it is still fresh in your mind. It has also been proven that writing something out is memory equivalent to reading it 7 times. Not only will rewriting your notes help you organize, it will help you remember the material more as well. Rewriting your notes also allows you to write them out in a way that you understand them. Plus, you can make it fun and make diagrams and draw pictures.

6) Teach it Back

This is the final tip I have for you guys. Teaching back the material not only lets it stick well in your brain; it also helps you acknowledge any areas of information that you may not know so well. If you find yourself pausing or at a loss for words when teaching the material back to a friend or classmate, you know that you need to study that material more. If you can teach it back confidently, then you have learned the material. So, grab a buddy and teach away. That is all I have for you guys. I hope that these tips are helpful and that you are able to put some, if not all, into practice. Let us know if you try out any of these tips in the comments! If you have other study tips that have worked for you, let us know as well! Happy studying!



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