Hey guys, as everyone is starting to go back to school (or may have been in school for a week or more), I thought I would share my study tips that I have figured out over the years.
The main thing to keep in mind is to work first, and then party later. set yourself daily goals, split up the work you need to do. Then, once those things are accomplished, you have the rest of the night free. And if straight working is too much, do a reward system as you go (which I find most helpful). For example, if you have to read 5 chapters of a book, after each chapter, watch a youtube video, or catch up on social media, or even grab a bite to eat.
Along the lines of setting daily goals, I love making lists. Just write out the things you need to do, and sort of plan them so that the hard or mandatory assignments are out of the way. Isn't it just so satisfying to see a long list be crossed off? These lists just help with prioritizing and can even help get ahead.
I waited way to long for this one, but go to the library to work. Even if you don't need anything from the library, there is something about the atmosphere where it just makes you get stuff done. The things that would take 2 hours to do suddenly get done in an hour, it's crazy!
This tip may not work for everyone, but I accidentally found out that rewriting notes is the best thing I ever did. I'm not too sure of the science behind it, but personally, I feel as if I'm memorizing the information without realizing I am. It's sort of along the lines of flashcards, but not broken up. I don't know, just seeing my notes look neater (I tend to write them large or sloppy in a pencil first time round, then smaller and neater and with pen as I rewrite), makes my mind happier and I just happen to memorize whatever I needed to know.
And if you are on a meal plan, or have to buy food for yourself, learn to stick to a budget. Last year I had a meal plan, and this year I need to buy food for myself so I know either situation well. Because of my schedule, I had extra meals the fall semester and not enough for the spring. Just put a cap on how many times you can buy a day, and if you dont spend as much, make sure that the next day you compensate for that. Or if you know you wont eat much on certain days, plan around that. It will just help with knowing that your money isn't wasted either way.
Finally, save yourself a day of the weekend to hang out with friends. By the end of the semester, things can get chaotic, but if you save a day to worry about nothing, it will help your sanity. It's also something you can look forward to and motivate you to get everything done so you don't get behind. (I can't stress that enough).
So basically, keep on top of your work, but make sure there are a few hours a day at the latest to have to yourself or share with others. I hope these tips have helped if you have never heard of them, or if you have, I hope it's a nice reminder to get back into a school mind.
What are your favorite study tips?