As finals and exams are coming just around the corner, I have found myself spending more and more time studying. By my last year in high school, I believe I have found some great ways to study that not only work for me, but could apply to any studying situation.
ONE// Start Studying Early
There’s nothing worse than cramming for a test. Yes, sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures, however if you let it come to cramming for every test, you are going to end up being more stressed out and frantic. If you know you have a big test coming up, studying a little bit every night will help more than you realize.
TWO// Study Harder Not Longer
Sometimes it is worse to study in a distracting setting for three hours than it would have been to just sit down and study hard for half an hour. It can be amazing how much you are able to learn in just a short period of time when you are completely focused on that one thing you are trying to learn.
THREE// Stay Organized
Organization can be the biggest help in studying. If all your notes are organized you know exactly what you need to study. Also, if you keep your schedule organized you will stay aware of important dates coming up so tests and exams can’t creep up on you.
FOUR// Take Breaks
You don’t want to fry your brain with four hours straight studying. I try to set up rewards for myself at different intervals. For example after every thirty minutes of studying I let myself get up, check my phone, and take a break for the next ten minutes before getting back to studying. Sometimes those little breaks can help a lot
FIVE// Move Around
According to research, you are more likely to forget information if you only study it in one location. So take your notes away from your desk and go outside or try another area of your house or a local coffee shop to get the information to stick better.
Studying can be the hardest and most stressful part of school if you let it. So take these tips and develop your own study habits to keep your grades up with as little stress as possible!