Every student can vouch for the fact that studying is almost never fun. It is something we are meant to do but don’t really enjoy. But, there’s no escape, and we have to deal with the fact that everyone has to go through it. To help you save time and reduce some agony, here are some tips to make studying bearable and developing certain practices that will make your studying habits more disciplined.
1. Find ‘The spot’
There must be a particular spot in your room or house where you have the perfect environment for studying. And if not, create that environment. Find a calm, peaceful place where no one can disturb you. Libraries are the ultimate spot for getting some academic work done. So, make avail of all the facilities around you or in your neighborhood and find ‘the spot’.
2. Keep all distractions aside
Make a promise to yourself that you won’t give in to the distractions and keep it. Trust me, there is no bigger distraction than the constant pings and notifications. There are also some apps out there that let you block websites temporarily. The world can wait, your exams cannot.
3. Know your learning style
Learning styles are basically modes through which you learn and understand better. If you are someone who has a good photographic or visual memory then makes flow charts and diagrams of key points. You will recall them faster during exams than long paragraphs. If you are someone who has a great auditory memory, then repeat what you are studying out loud. Hearing your own voice can help you memorize things better.
4. Listen to instrumental music
Studies have shown that instrumental music actually helps you calm down and remember things better. Lyrics can be distracting, so look for tunes like piano or violin pieces or simple chords on a guitar. Listening to loud music can have an adverse effect, making it difficult to focus. So, keep all this in mind when choosing songs for your study playlist.
5. Pretend you have to teach it to someone
This is another trick that will help you recollect your curriculum better. When you have to teach something to someone, you tend to simplify topics for yourself so you can explain it clearly. In the process, you automatically absorb and recall information faster.
6. Make a list of all doubts
If you have any doubt, make a note of it or keep a list of all doubts you have. What most people tend to do while studying, especially during exam time is, if you have a doubt you immediately contact your friends or text them time and again. This wastes precious time which could’ve been utilized for something productive.
7. Take mini-breaks or reward yourself
Take a nap or spend some time away from your books to relax for a while. Take care of yourself by having healthy snacks from time to time. This will help you power up for your following study sessions. Continuous learning will drain your brain which is not healthy at all.
8. Keep some time aside for revision
After everything is done, keep some time apart for revising. This last-minute review will help you get a clear idea of how much you have achieved and can recall. This revision will prepare you for the final challenge that is your exam.
Hope these tips would help you reduce your anxiety and make studying easier!