A Few Tips and Tricks for Better Studying
Hello, everybody! As always, I certainly have an excuse on why I haven't posted in more than 10 days - I've been busy studying! I don't know what it's like at your school, but in my school we have the exams spread all over the semester, to say it differently: we don't have anything like an exam week or something like that. This doesn't mean I don't have weeks when I have four exams to study for (like this one), though! Anyways, considering myself (without any intention so sound bigheaded) not too much of a bad student, I have decided that I'm capable of giving studying tips - so that's what I'm doing today.
Because I am writing this post completely spontaneous and naturally aren't able to wait to post it until I took a few acceptably good pictures, there are sadly no pictures for this post... sorry :) (I might also add that I'm writing this after a 3-and-a-half-hour-biology-studying-session so I'm not too sure whether there's enough focus left in me to actually be able to write something)
Something I find very important is the environment. I don't know about you but for me there's no way to revise successfully when I don't feel comfortable. So for this season I usually light a few candles, take a warm blanket and get a cup of tea ready. I never used to think this was something important until I actually started caring about it, and let me just tell you, it makes revising a whole lot more enjoyable when you feel comfortable.
2. Attention span/ Setting goals
I'm not sure whether 'attention span' is an actual word, but I think you'll be able to figure out what I mean. So first of all, everybody has some sort of limit when it comes to the amount of time they're able to focus without taking a break. I used to try and press everything into my head in the least amount of time possible - so breaks were an absolute no-go, until one day I discovered that breaks can actually be very very very refreshing. What works for me the best is that I set a timer for 55-60 minutes before starting to study - which is about five to ten minutes longer than my 'attention span', but it still works. Towards the end of these 55 to 60 minutes I usually start noticing that it doesn't really work anymore, but if I set myself a goal I always want to reach it (yeah, I'm one of those) so I always try to get through the 60 minutes of studying without starting to sing out loudly (has definitely happened before haha) or seeing maths-studying as the right time to see whether I can still to a headstand.
After this time it's best to just breathe for a minute, I usually get a snack and drink a bit, maybe even stretch a bit - but I highly advise not to go on your phone or starting to read a book during your break because I have definitely experienced these things being the thing that make a short break into a two hour break full of procrastination.
As just mentioned, distractions have to be completely avoided whilst studying. Turn your phone on flight mode, place your book in a place you know yourself too lazy to go and get it, get any possible distraction out of the way.
4. Like what you do
I know this might sound impossible or kind of ridiculous and to a certain level it also is - but through the previous points, especially the first one, I always try to make myself enjoy studying and I have to admit: I have actually experienced the feeling of 'looking forward' to studying - even though this only works for my favorite subjects.
Anyways, my attention span is definitely starting to end so I guess I see you next time...
Oh and if you have any more tips, please write them in the comments, you can never have enough!