By Kailyn Mariot
As the fall semester approaches, the thought of brand new material to master may incite uneasiness. The key to succeeding in the realm of studying is ultimately to practice both responsibility and discipline. Without a doubt, these seven tips will help you ace each of your courses!
1. Decide on a study area.
Comfort is a major factor for studying well. Find a certain spot, such as your desk, the library, etc., to consistently study at. Make sure it is at a desk, as posture affects your level of focus.
2. Get (and stay) organized.
A cluttered workspace only allows for distractions to prevent you from being productive. Beat this time consumer by keeping your space tidy in order for you to focus on your tasks!
3. Invest in a planner.
Writing down tasks is arguably the most effective way to complete your own assignments, and allows you to make time for studying. Planners allow you to physically see everything you have to do, and enable you to manage your time accordingly. You can even settle for an electronic version of this method, as long as you are logging your duties.
4. Rewrite your notes.
As tedious as this step may sound, it makes all the difference. During actual class time, many students find themselves rushing to jot down as much information as they can from any given lecture, focusing more on the writing than the actual material. Rewriting and organizing class notes at home allows you to digest the material, and makes the information easier to study from.
5. Use the Pomodoro Technique
A widespread misconception is that effective studying requires hours on end of nonstop work. The Pomodoro Technique, whose name references a kitchen timer, is structured on the exact opposite. 25 minutes are allocated to studying, while 3-5 minutes are for a short break. After every four segments, a longer break of 15-30 minutes is allowed. This method allows for more information to be remembered, and gives your mind the breaks that it needs in order to be productive.
6. Team up.
Studying with a friend or family member can make a huge difference for your understanding of the material. Make flashcards for your partner to quiz you on, or try to “teach” the information to someone else. It helps to do this with someone within your class, as they can correct or aid you more adeptly throughout this process.
7. Stay healthy.
Remember that while the upcoming school year may undoubtedly bring forth a wave of stress, both mental and physical health should be of utmost importance. Nourish your body with healthy foods that will stimulate your brain and allow you to perform at your best possible state.
Taking into consideration each of these steps, clear dedication and organization will lead you to that highly desired A. Adhering to these simple tips will ease any test-related anxiety, and aid you throughout the next few years. Good luck!