Hello! Thanks for
asking! There are plenty of ways to study, so I’ll give you a few of my own
tips that have really helped me!
REWRITE YOUR NOTES
This step is really important! Writing the notes for lecture once WILL be
beneficial; however, outside of class time, rewrite them up with pretty colors,
definitions, graphs, pictures, tables and whatever else that will make you want
to show off your wonderful revision notes. It is also equally important to
revise your notes as soon as you can, before the material is pushed aside by
new material. So, along with daily homework, take your notes and revise them.
This is also a great way to keep them organized and all in one place so that it
makes for easy study material for tests and quizzes.
…especially for definitions, dates, people and places. This makes it easier to
quiz yourself on remembering certain knowledge for your tests. The flashcards
do not have to be handmade either; Quizlet is great for online flashcards
because you can also play fun games with the flashcards. Also, they are easy to
transport, meaning that you can study your flashcards just about anywhere.
Quizlet also has an app for your phone! Seriously. Studyblrs usually love
For long passages of text like essays and books, the easiest way to condense
the information from long passages is to summarize each individual paragraph
and then connect it all together. I like to do this either in the margins of
the book/essay/paper if you are allowed to, or otherwise use sticky notes or a separate
notebook. For each paragraph that you read, make a little note of the important
ideas or SUMMARIZE. Just a simple line of summary will do; just make sure that
you can easily go back and understand what is exactly happening. Then, once you
have finished each chapter/the entire thing, it makes it easier to go back and
create a bigger summary of the entire text. Sometimes it is difficult to
understand things in huge chunks, so create it into smaller, more palatable
DO NOT OVER-HIGHLIGHT
Ditch the highlighter, or at least try to. Sure, highlighters are great to
pinpoint KEY information; but usually we overuse the highlighters until entire
paragraphs are bright pink. If you NEED to use a highlighter, use it sparingly!
If you absolutely cannot leave your highlighters, then focus on using them to
highlight key words, people and places in the text. For example, green can be
used for highlighting words that you do not know; pink can be for important
people; orange can identify the settings. Try to only highlight a few words at
a time, rather than long sentences with filler words. Again, keep the
highlighting to the minimum.
STUDY IN INTERVALS
You might have already heard of the Pomodoro Technique, where
you study in 25 minute intervals. Studying without breaks for hours on end can
tire you out. Instead, allot a small amount of time (25-50ish) minutes for
studying then give yourself a 10 minute break. Break your homework up into
smaller sections and use the number of problems you complete as your time. For
example, for every 5 problems of the 20 problems you complete, you give
yourself a 5 minute break. This not only gives your brain time to rest, but it
helps keep you more focused on completing your tasks. REMEMBER. INTERVALS.
BLOCK ALL DISTRACTIONS
Even one notification from tumblr can turn into hours of scrolling through your
dashboard; yes, it happens to all of us. Instead, use site blocking apps to
easily control your ability to use your favorite websites. Cold Turkey is a great
website for your computer, while I find that Forest (for both IPhone and Android)
is great for your phone. Do not forget that video games, TV and even PEOPLE can
also be a distraction. Block yourself from the world. You need to study.
FIND YOUR STUDY PLACE
A study place is very important into keeping you focused and alert. You want to
find an area that is free from distractions and not too comfy and not too
uncomfortable. Beds are a horrible place to study, because they are so
comfortable and easy to doze off on. Sitting outside in freezing weather is
also probably not a great place to study. Coffee shops, libraries, your desk
and anywhere with a table is great place to make YOUR PLACE. Don’t be afraid to
mix up your study area for a breath of fresh air, but your study place should
be a regular.
MATH AND SCIENCE
For math and science subjects, the material has to do with having done the
problems. You cannot expect to understand the material unless you go through
the steps yourself. Solving as many problems as you can is the key to these
subjects! Seeing the same type of problem repeatedly can help you to understand
the correct way to solve it. For word problems make sure to draw pictures,
tables and graphs. Don’t be afraid to draw to help you understand what exactly
is happening. Repetition, repetition.
PRESENT THE MATERIAL TO MEMORIZE IT
One thing I really try to do before tests is to teach the subject to someone
else. It can be an unwilling friend, your parents, a pet or even an invisible
class; but force yourself to “present” the material. Give examples and walk
through the problems as though you are a real teacher; this makes you able to
clearly understand each step in the process. Sure, this seems slightly random
to do, but playing teacher for a day will help you to solve each type of
MAKE ACRONYMS AND SING
Even 6 years later I will never forget my order of operations. This is because….PEMDAS
(parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addiction, subtraction).
Create little rhymes and jingles to things you need to memorize! How do you think catchy commercials stick in your head? Do the same thing but with your studying! Singing them
to yourself will actually help you memorize things better than not!
STUDY EVERY DAY
Studying every day for a few minutes is ultimately more beneficial than one day
for hours on end. This especially is true for vocabulary. Space your studying
out for days upon days, rather than just one day. Even just making revisions,
re-reading passages and going through vocab a bit each day will ultimately be
better in the long-run. There is always time for a bit of studying- whether
looking over notes at dinner or running through your vocab while brushing your
teeth. A little each day.
EAT, DRINK, AND EXERCISE
Being able to retain information eventually also comes down to your own health
not just how smart you are. Try eating healthy foods while studying like dark
chocolate, fruits and nuts instead of fatty foods that will make you tired. Exercise
is always good for the mind and body. It gives you plenty of energy and makes
sleeping easier. Try incorporating exercise into your routine with walks and
yoga. Drink tons of water!! Your body is just as important as your grades and
it’s great to take care of it, too.