Welcome back to another Self Care Sunday! I have an exam coming up so I thought it would be best to share some studying tips that I’ve been implementing. I don’t think I’ve ever perfected a specific studying method during my college days. I get easily distracted and fairly quickly lose motivation to study. I hope these help you if any of you are planning to take summer school or are starting a new school season.
**Note: For each tip, I’ll describe what I personally do for studying. Remember, you know yourself the best. These tips are adjustable to however you see fit. There is no linear way to do things**
TIP #1: Figure Out What Distracts You. Create Your Optimal Study Environment.
I create a clear work environment. I personally need a big table because I like to feel more open when I’m studying. I’m also one of those people who CANNOT study in complete silence. I suggest listening to music that do not have any lyrics to them. There are plenty of study playlists on Spotify to choose from. My personal favorite as of right now is listening to cafe ambient sounds on Youtube. If you miss studying in a coffee shop, this would be the perfect option to get your fix.
Here are some videos that I personally enjoy while studying:
TIP #2: Create Time Blocks / Use the Pomodoro Technique
In order to prevent burn out, I create a set amount of time for studying and a set amount of time for breaks. On days where I’m not really in the mood to study…but I still need to get sh*t done I do 30 minutes of studying and 5 minute breaks. Usually, I’ll do 45 minute study blocks, and 15 minutes of break time. After usually 3-5 rounds of studying, I’ll take a longer break for a meal or snack.
There are apps and websites available to help you with your study time blocks:
I personally use Forest. It’s a cute timer app where whenever you want a set amount of time to stay focused, you “plant a tree.” The tree will grow during the duration that you had set in the app (ex. 45 minutes). If you leave the app, it will cause the tree to die. Oh no!
You can also Google “Timer” and there’s a timer built in you can use from the browser.
TIP #3: Write Down Lingering Thoughts
Have you ever started studying and then you randomly start thinking about how you’re running low on milk or that you need to start a load of laundry? Then, you go down this spiral of other things that you need to do, and as a result you just stop studying? Happens to me constantly. I like to keep a small notebook next to me. Whenever I have thoughts that aren’t related to the subject that I’m studying, I write it down in that notebook and go back to what I was doing.
TIP #4: Change Your Study Intake Method
If I’m dealing with different subjects. Sometimes I like to change topics after a certain time block to keep the learning “fresh.” Or if I’ve been taking notes about Anatomy for a good chunk of my study session, I’ll switch to a different source of Anatomy learning for the remainder of my study session.
I like to watch Youtube videos on the topic I’m studying about. I personally use Crash Course and Khan Academy for some extra studying resources on the science classes I’ve been taking. **Crash Course has a free app that provides virtual flash cards so you can review the topics that they talk about in their videos**
I also use Quizlet to use study flashcards that I’ve created. Or I search for some that have already been created by other users. I also go over previous exams and attempt to retake them.
TIP #5: Study More Frequently For Shorter Durations
To prevent myself from feeling overwhelmed, I study every day BUT I don’t study for the whole day. For me, that would seriously be information OVERLOAD.I space out my study sessions depending on how I feel.
Remember to listen to how you’re feeling. Forcing yourself to do something creates a “hostile” study environment and those hours you put in won’t be as productive as you plan them to be. Sometimes I’ll even give myself a goal for example, “Okay, I’m going to do 3 rounds of 45 minutes with 15 minute breaks in between. And then I’ll go for a walk.”
Have any study tips that you’d like to share? Connect with me via Instagram @heytherecarmi and let’s discuss!
Until next time! Thank you for continuing with me on my journey to somewhere…