It’s hard to find a person that loves studying for hours on end for a test. (But, if this is you, tell us your secret! It’s SO HARD.) Sometimes it's hard to know HOW to study, so we've put together this list of tips and ideas to help. Studying is a skill that takes practice. Sometimes the challenge is knowing where to start or being able to concentrate. Know yourself. Reflect on what works for you and what doesn't. And know that one technique might work one time but not the next. Keep evaluating and redirecting yourself when you need to. Nobody is perfect. And that's okay. Do your best. Know that you are enough.
Actually do the review guide.
Make a visual, like a memory map of the notes.
Record yourself reading the notes and then play it back for yourself.
Go to a new space to study.
Teach the information to someone else, like a younger sibling or a parent!
Read the question on the review guide and then answer the question OUT LOUD without looking at the answer first.
Re-write the notes and color code things.
Create flashcards or a Quizlet.
Bribe yourself with treats… like, if you study hard for 20 minutes, reward yourself with a piece of candy or phone time. Then, repeat.
Chunk your time. For example, remove distractors (like your phone’s notifications) for 30 minutes then take a 10 minute break. Use a timer to do this.
Music… know yourself. If you can’t listen to music with lyrics while you study, then don’t listen to music with lyrics. Or vice versa.
If you're working hard, be sure to take stretch and snack breaks.
Rhyme things and make acronyms to help you remember… or write a song!
Sometimes old tests are posted online and you can use those to practice with.
Get a good night's sleep the night before ... and eat a good breakfast. No sugary crap! Try oatmeal and a hard boiled egg with some fruit.
You've got this!
PS... Have any study tips that you love? Leave them in the messages and share your wisdom. Thanks!