By: Grace Gammello
- Pack your bag.
Stock up with studying essentials: calculator, pens, pencils, highlighters, scratch paper, notecards, laptop, chargers, headphones, planner, class notes, textbooks, water bottle, and a sweatshirt.
It’s important to be prepared, be comfortable, and stay organized. Keeping a backpack organized can lessen anxiety and cut down on time used sifting through unrelated items.
- Set the timer.
Space out your studying, sort tasks by importance, and order them strategically to stay attentive. Planners and alarm clocks can be used to allocate time.
Spacing studying aids in preventing boredom with subjects, and challenges students to complete tasks efficiently within a given period. It also cuts back on multi-tasking, which could cost a student their work quality. Know your limits and your attention span, and tailor your habits to those considerations.
- Stay away from distractions.
This could be as simple as avoiding loud environments, silencing your phone, closing out of that Facebook tab, or cleaning out your work space.
Keeping a blank notepad nearby and writing down distracting ideas or reminders to deal with later could also aid in keeping focused.
- Choose your vibes.
Choose the optimal location. Strong, natural-colored lighting encourages alertness. Direct lighting focuses the attention to an illuminated task. Environment temperature, plants, and colors all influence focus.
Selecting a positive, work-related place with Wi-Fi, facilities, and coffee is a safe bet. It might help to switch up locations. Music is useful for creativity. Silence is good for deep focus.
- Take time for fun.
Don’t burn out. Schedule downtime, exercise, and take part in relaxing activities. This could include coffee breaks with friends, outdoor games, yoga, or your favorite hobby.
Get moving now and then to boost energy and brain power and reduce achy muscles.
- Join a study group.
This is a great opportunity to review information and perhaps gain a new perspective on the material. Verbal learners do well in this environment as they can listen and talk out concepts.
Attempting to teach someone else may help students understand material better. In team projects, working together encourages efficient work delegation.
- Create a study guide.
Creating your own guide or using a provided one gives a framework for a study session. This tool is a helpful guideline to ensure staying on track. Review and practice old notes. Clump like-information to memorize similar material.
Pause often and ask yourself: what did I get out of this? Why is it important? These checkpoints can be easy to bounce back to on finals day.
- Proper nutrition.
Stay hydrated, and keep snacks around as incentive for achievements or to keep energy stable. Be mindful—caffeine can boost memory, but coffee may dehydrate you.
Potassium, iron, flavonoids, and vitamin B aid in memory and brain power. Some snack ideas rich in these include almonds, berries, bananas, cheese, apples, and hummus.
- Chew gum to stimulate brain activity.
Chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain, stimulating information recall and brain power. This also boosts mood and reaction time.
Mint flavors specifically lower levels of exhaustion, suppress anxiety, and lessen nausea. The effects last twenty minutes from a burst of gum chewing. It is advised to chew gum directly before a test.
- Be creative to hold attention.
Techniques such as color coding, flashcards, visual mind maps, brainstorming sessions, and using outside resources like documentaries or online tests may prove useful. Making a studying session unique is like highlighting a specific sentence among boring, plain text.