If you have been to this site before, you are well aware that I have just started my first year of college…on the other side of the country! (If you’re new, welcome!) Recently, I have learned that high school is VERY different from college and so is my study techniques! In high school, I used to get everything I had to done before ever getting home. Even for the things that did end up needing to be done at home, I made it a point to work on it ASAP! Turns out, college doesn’t give me that kind of ability since i’m either living at school or schooling at home…whichever way you want to look at it! Moral of the story: I needed to figure out my new study techniques.
- GET IT DONE ASAP: No matter what, this one always applies! If you have time to work on something…JUST DO IT!
- DRINK WATER, STAY LIVELY: If I am too tired to work on something, I usually don’t end up working on it until I’m more awake. By staying hydrated, you’ll stay awake more and remain focused.
- SNACK BREAK: As long as you’re not snacking every time you don’t want to be working on something, then a little snack break is a good way to stay focused but also have a minute to clear your mind.
- FRIENDS: Study with friends! Not only can you all help each other understand things better, but it’s also a great reason to see your friends and still be productive.
- MUSIC: This may or may not work for you, but sometimes having music helps. Soothing background music always keeps me more lively and sometimes provides better focus when trying to stay on task.
- NEW LOCATION: Maybe you’re just easily distracted or incredibly bored with your current study area…that’s okay! Change it up every now and then and visit different places. Coffee shops, libraries and bookstores, your room, a park, the beach…there are so many locations out there! Find what works best for you.
- THE GUM TRICK: Did you know that chewing mint gum while studying increases focus and helps your memory for when you have the same gum during a test or class? Try it out sometime! You may be surprised.
That is all on the helpful tip train today, but check back next week for an all new post! Also, let me know what kind of posts you would like to see and/or what study tricks and tips help you out.
Best of Luck!