Haiii, welcome to my blog. It’s so nice to see you today reading this blog. I am really thankful to you for separating time from your day to read this post.
In today’s post, I decided to tell you some studying tips&tricks since this is one of the most requested topics ever on my blog. I will of course explain some of them so you can get it the right way.
1 – Find you’re “why”
Before you start studying, you should always find the reason you’re doing it. In my case, I never study just because the teacher scheduled an exam or just because my parents want me to do so. I study only for myself – for upgrading myself, for making the progress. Once your find yours why your study sessions will pass so fast and you won’t even feel tired of studying.
2 – Pick a place and time
Another thing to do before studying is to pick the right place and the right time. In case you didn’t find your perfect place to study yet, try experiencing some different places to study (desk, bed, maybe a chair you feel comfortable in, study cafe, library, park,…). The most important is for you to feel comfortable while studying. Also, consider time planning and organization. Make timetables and stick to your plan.
3 – Discover your learning style
There are three basic learning styles and they are auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic learning styles. Here you have a short explanation from the YouthCentral website:
- Auditory learners prefer to learn by listening. Try reading your notes aloud and discussing them with other people. You might like to record key points and play them back.
- Visual learners prefer to learn by seeing. Try using colors in your notes and draw diagrams to help represent key points. You could try to remember some ideas as images.
- Tactile/kinesthetic learners prefer to learn by doing. Try using techniques like role-playing or building models to revise key points.
You can choose your style and start learning by that style. Also for the learning in general I recommend the “Pomodoro technique” which is studying with 25 min cycles and 5 min breaks. The cycles are called “pomodoros” and after 4 of them, you should take a bigger break of 10-15 min.
4 – Take breaks
As I said in the previous tip, you should take breaks between sessions and give your mind some rest. They should not be too long so you don’t remember the things you’ve learned in the previous session.
5 – Create your personalized note-taking system
I have created my note-taking system since 6th grade and it has helped me for studying all these years, so you should create yours and not try to stick to someone else’s note-taking system because only you know your limits, knowledge, etc. You can take inspiration from YouTube or Pinterest by searching “note-taking system” or “how to create my note-taking system”.
6 – Review and revise
Revising can be a really useful tip if you do it the right way. For example, you have a test scheduled for 4 weeks, and you can according to your note-taking system, set days to review and revise different segments of the study material, so you don’t have to do all of that the day before the exam.
7 – Create mental associations
Mindmaps and diagrams helped me a lot during my studying sessions all these years. They just help me memorize things better, especially for biology, chemistry, and physics. These associations can help you and positively affect your studying method.
8 – Make flashcards
Creating flashcards, online on Quizlet or in real life – can boost your memorization capacity and help you memorize things better.
9 – Stay motivated
Motivation is one of the biggest factors for studying. For example, I cannot study if I am not motivated. Even if I have important things scheduled, if I am not motivated I cannot study. So, find your motivation and try to get more of it. It can be, sunny days, Pinterest quotes, or even your pet.
10 – Ask for help
Most of the students, especially in the Balkans are ashamed to ask the professors questions about the things they don’t understand, etc. Remember – it’s not a shame if you ask for help.
11 – Reward yourself
Rewarding yourself with a drink or snack can be positively effective on your study sessions and concentration.
12 – Mindset matters
Even if you do all of these things, but you don’t think the way you should be – the time you spent studying will be taken by the air. Just like you didn’t study anything. You have to tell yourself that you can do that, that you gonna do great on the exam, and that it is worth it. Anything that will make you feel proud and powerful.
13 – Do’s and don’ts – the day before the exam
Do’s – take a walk before the exam, even if it doesn’t sound that helpful, trust me it is.
Don’ts – stay up all night, study the day before.
14 – While studying
Do your research, get things your way and it will be easier for you to understand the material better.
Use pictures, it helps you memorize things better.
Find examples for the certain thing you’re studying.
Dig deeper – always pays off.
Color-code your notes.
Speak it out loud instead of just reading – it may help you memorize and understand things better.
Practice on old exams, find anything for testing yourself on the internet or ask your teacher to give you some materials from the previous years.
15 – Stay hydrated
Always stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. It helps your brain and your body.
16 – Eliminate distractions
During the study sessions or the breaks, turn off your phone, move the things from the desk which distract you from what you’re doing.
17 – Clean your mind
Before each study session try to clean your mind by simple breathing or stretching – it cleans your mind and helps with your focus level for the next session.
18 – Your best friend is the “airplane mode”
As I said before, put your phone on “airplane mode” so you will not get distracted during the study sessions or the breaks.
19 – Don’t multitask
Multitasking will never help you do more things in a shorter time when you study. It’ll just make it more complex and harder to understand.
20 – Focus on learning, not the grades
If you focus on your grades, you will just get distracted and never be focused on understanding the material. Which you obviously don’t want.
21 – Choose your studying music
Music is helping you understand things with no pain, really easy and productive. So choose the music type that helps you with focusing when studying, for example, I like to listen to some lo-fi beats while studying.
22 – Reading is NOT studying
While studying, you should always keep in mind that if you read it doesn’t mean that you studied the ceratin thing.
That’s it for this post, thank you for reading it and I really hope you enjoyed it. If you did, please leave a comment and tell us which is your favorite studying tip and which ones do you already consider?