Are you bored with studying? Tired of doing the same studying routine year after year? It’s midterm time and it’s the perfect time to break out of your comfort zone to make studying more fun and enjoyable. Here are some cool study tips that will help you get through those pesky midterms.
Alternative Study Spaces
Studying in the same place can get boring. So why not try and switch things up? Instead of studying in the library, try studying in an empty classroom or outside whenever the weather permits. Find a place where you are able to focus. I usually study in my room, but I have studied in a café and I must say the change in the environment has helped me focus more on my work. The café helped because it isn’t as noisy as being in a dorm and I was able to focus my attention on my studies. Studying in alternative spaces also helps combat procrastination.
Listening to Music
I have often heard students say that they listen to music while they study. Some listen to what’s current, while some choose to listen to classical music or instrumentals. Studies have shown that music stimulates the brain and that listening to the right music can help you concentrate and retain information. I have tried this method and it doesn’t really work for me because I get distracted easily. I will listen to one song and it won’t be long before I end up listening to the entire album, forgetting what I’m supposed to be studying. If you are not easily distracted, this method might help you! Do you listen to music when you study?
Integrate the Three Types of Learning
We have all been taught that there are three types of learners: auditory, visual and kinesthetic (hands-on) learners. Once we figure out what type of learner we are, we tend to study that way and it becomes a routine. Why not try to learn something in a whole new way? I have learned that a combination of the three types of learning works best for me. Although I’m primarily a visual learner, I have used the auditory and kinesthetic methods to help me through midterms. I often discuss what I’ve learned with others and I have experienced that reading the textbook aloud helps me remember information better. I also like to move around when I’m studying words or facts. I have even made up songs to help me remember information.
Many students believe long, marathon study sessions will help them pass that midterm. However, your brain can only process so much before it becomes overloaded and before long you won’t be able to retain the information. Try studying in blocks of time. Study for 45 minutes and then reward yourself by taking a break. Listen to your favorite song, go for a walk, or eat some chocolate! Believe me, your brain and body will thank you!
Studying doesn’t have to be mundane. As long as you’re in school, you’re going have to do it anyway, so why not have fun doing it? Here’s to acing those midterms!