Studying isn’t anyone’s favorite part of college. It is tedious, boring, and the material can be lengthy and overwhelming. Especially at this point in the semester, it can be intimidating to suddenly see all you have learned and now having to remember it all at once for a test. It seems everything comes down to studying. That kind of pressure can make students nervous, but don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to make studying less boring and to help you focus.
We’ve all seen the pictures of using gummy bears to mark each paragraph of text read. Finish a paragraph, eat a gummy bear. Use whatever candy you want – you may just find yourself reading faster! But do not eat that candy until you have reached the check point!
2. Race Yourself
Are you competitive? Ask yourself how fast you can finish studying a certain part of the material, set a timer, and race to beat your time. This will help you break you studying into chunks instead of feeling overwhelmed by the big picture and this will also help you manage your time. Do remember that it is still important to cover all the material you need to though.
Often times we choose to study in places that will most likely sabotage us rather than help us succeed. If you pick a spot like your room, where a computer and TV are easily accessible, you’ll be tempted to check Facebook, turn on your favorite show, or start having a conversation with your roommate. If you can, try to study where electronics and people won’t be a distraction.
Places like coffee shops and libraries can be a great source of motivation to get your work done. The people there tend to be on a mission to get something done. Maybe it’s the music that plays quietly in the background or maybe it’s the dim lighting creating a cozy environment. Whatever it is, order a mocha and treat yourself to a brownie when you’ve finished.
5. Study Buddy
If you have a friend in the same class, recruit them to help you study. You can quiz each other on terms, math problems, history trivia, and even share notes. To make it even more fun, promise each other a reward when it’s all over. Having something to look forward to will make you study faster. Just be wise with who you choose as a study partner – do not pick someone who you know will not take it as seriously and could be more of a distraction. Bonus: Also pick a prize for getting a good grade on the final test, such as a new outfit or video game.
Do you have any techniques that help you study better? Share them with us in the comments!