Some old-ish Neopets doodles I found while organising my drawings folder. First is that Tyrannian Grarrl I was never able to get due to a lack of space, second is my Snot Uni whose on-site name is Paint_Horse but is referred to as Gregory.

How To Study Smart

Pulling off all-nighters or cramming is no stranger to us. However, these study styles aren’t actually efficient in eating those chunks of information we need to pass our tests.

1. Distributed practice. Or basically have planned study sessions in chunks. Studies show that you best encode information in repeated short training sessions. This is because repeated short training sessions, spaced in time, engage multiple sets of synapses. It’s as if your brain is working at full power. So yes, if you want to become a successful student then you need to learn to be consistent in your studies and to have regular, yet shorter, study periods.

2. Use flashcards. Flashcards engage in “active recall”. In other words, you are attempting to remember the concept from scratch rather than simply staring at the passage in your textbook or recognizing it on a multiple choice quiz.

3. Sleep. While drinking and eating are indispensable requisites, sleeping is just as important. Even a brief nap may boost learning, memory, and creative problem solving. Though napping isn’t a shortcut to success, it can help improve your memory and solve problems. Sleeping well at night, and long enough, is associated with good health.

4. Teach what you’ve learned. When you teach what you’ve learned, your brain organizes the information and lets you recall the materials you’ve read. If you can’t find someone to teach, then imagine yourself teaching someone. You can even use a stuffed toy if you have no one to teach.

5. Practice testing. Practice testing helps you prepare yourself from questions that may or may not appear on the test. Furthermore, it helps you remember the materials you’ve read while practicing.

6. Have a study spot. Make sure your designated study spot has everything you need: books, notebooks, highlighters, and pens. This helps you prime your brain for study sessions.

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Photo from 13 July 2016: I received my final grades for my Anatomy classes and I’m so happy that they turned out really good! Now I can set aside my anxiety and enjoy my summer vacation! ⛅️

School supplies seen on photo (L-R): Cattleya spiral notebook / 0.7 mm BIC Super EZ Smooth Ink ballpoint pen / Sharpie Smear Guard highlighter / Stabilo Swing Cool highlighter