7 Study Moods
So you wanna study, but somehow the mood just isn’t right. Maybe try these? Pick your favorite, or do one each day of the week!
- The Classy: Green tea, classical string quartets, reading articles in a park.
- Great for when you need to read 120 pages of something. It’s way nicer to read when you’re in a nice place!
- The Hipster: Coffee, jazz, writing summaries of the material in a coffee shop.
- You’ll look very cosmopolitan, with all your notes in front of you. Make sure your summaries are coherent though, and you’re not too busy looking great to study well.
- The Grad Student: Wine/sparkling cider, Adele, writing papers, curled up in blankets in bed.
- Papers are easiest for me to write when I’m comfortable. If I feel a little fancy at the same time, so much the better.
- The Focuser: Cold water, nature sounds, taking practice tests in a sunlight place.
- The best way to study for a test is to take a test. The best way to kill test-anxiety is to take a practice test and feel calm while you do it. This is a great way to feel calm and prepared when you do a practice test, and that leads to a better actual test.
- The Party-er: Energy drink, dubstep, drilling flashcards on the floor.
- Flashcards for me are a speed thing. If I’m drilling them, my goal is to know those definitions as fast as possible. Caffeine and fast music raise my heart rate, and sitting on the floor gives me room to spread out the cards however I need to.
- The Morning Person: Orange juice, early American hymns, transcribing notes at your desk.
- Not necessarily done during the morning! Orange juice helps keep you alert without making you open to distraction, and old American hymns just make me feel happy, so putting them together helps make transcribing a better time.
- The Finals Prepper: Black tea, folk music, interleaving any/all of the above, at the library.
- This can be done whenever, and is especially useful for just keeping yourself up to speed.
Don’t worry about doing any of these exactly, these are just moods! Mix and match parts of them, make your own, whatever. I’d recommend choosing one or two moods that work really well for you and then doing them consistently, just to really get in the habit.