As a senior I believe I've mastered some awesome study skills! Last year when I did a few back to school posts with an outfit, what's in my backpack, hair styles, etc I got a lot of response from that, so I thought I'd kick things off with a Back To School study tips post! All of these tips help me so much, and I will be using them all the time this year! If you have any of your own tips you'd love to share then don't be shy and leave them in the comments; I'm always on the hunt to try new ways to study! Everything helps right?
1. Use a Timer
What I like to do, is set a timer for every subject. I usually have homework that takes one hour for every subject. So on my timer (I use my phone) I will set it for an hour, and then this way it helps me stay focused on what I need to get done.
2. Create a Study Sheet and use Color
Okay so this is my favorite study tip out of them all! This is the most helpful for exams and tests. So what I like to do is create a list of everything I think is important to know regarding that certain chapter. So for example In Anatomy I will put everything in categories like "Terms," "Question," "Images," etc. For each category I use a different highlighter/marker to write my notes in. When i'm done my sheets sometimes looks like a rainbow threw up all over my page! But seeing a lot of color helps my brain remember certain things.
3. Drink Water
I have a super hard time following this tip, only because I'm not a super "water" girl. But I find during tests or siting in lectures this helps me a lot with feeling refreshed and awake.
4. Have Snacks
I love eating snacks when studying in my room or having beside me during lectures in class. I find that the healthier the food, the easier it is to pay attention and not feel so icky. So I will take some grapes, pretzels, an apple, or some granola bars.
5. Have Neat Notes
Whenever I'm in a rush I tend to write sloppy and messy. And afterwards when I get home I always regret doing that, because than I can barely read it, or i'll not write everything down like I needed to. So when taking notes try to write neat and be precise. Believe me, you will thank yourself later!
6. Use a Day Planner
I love having a day planner because it keeps me on track with everything I have. Whether its big tests coming up, or a busy day with friends it keeps me organized with my time. I love reminding myself when certain things are due...because I am always needing reminders!
7. Get Comfy
When I come home from a long day I will grab my yoga pants and t-shirt, and put my hair up in a messy bun, then plop on my bed. I hate studying in jeans I find that it's uncomfortable and irritating.
8. Study Out Loud
I do this every time I have to memorize something. I always repeat everything out loud to myself. It helps me memorize more easily and it takes me less time than trying to crame in everything by starring at the page and repeating it over and over in my head.
9. Listen to Music
I love doing this when I'm writing notes from my text book, or writing a paper. It's a little reward I give myself when doing some busy work. This motivates me to get my work done, and have fun while doing it.
10. Move Around While Studying
This is a huge factor to studying. I will move around place to place around my house, or outside sometimes for each subject. This keeps me awake, and keeps me focused.
11. Write in different Fonts
Yes write in different fonts!! I love using this technic, it helps so much. I will write some terms in different fonts and it helps me remember the term that I wrote on the paper. This way I'm able to visualize what I wrote.
12. Chew Gum
This works wonders for me. I always chew gum during lectures, or when studying for something important. Plus I read that if you chew the same flavor when you were studying, while taking a test it helps you remember everything! And it worked for me. Plus it keeps me so awake and alert. Because sometimes I can fall asleep when studying. (oops!)
13. Be Organized
Be organized with your binders, and scattered notes. The neater your materials are the easier it is to focus on what needs to get done. I also try really hard to keep my study area cleaned up (bed, chair, side table).
14. Make Lists
If you have to post sticky notes all over your mirror or wall, so you can remember when things are due. This is similar to having a day planner but I find that when posting it around your room works better for more less important things you have to do that day, instead of some reminder for future events coming up.
15. Reward Yourself
Lastly, reward yourself! When that timer goes off, give yourself 10 minutes of freedom. I usually go on my laptop and blog, or scroll through Instagram. Sometimes I will clean my room, or get stuff done I know I need to! This helps me to keep going and when you break up your studying it doesn't seem so dry and boring.