Hi, sunny! In this post, I’ve gathered 25 study tips that will help you excel at studies.
These tips have helped me a lot on my school journey. So they might help you as well.
1. stay organized
The first and probably the most important tip is to always stay organized.
Make sure you have a planner/Bullet Journal or anything else to help you with that.
Write to-do lists, goals, tasks, track your progress there.
You can check out my post on how to be an organized student for some tips.
2. break big assignments into smaller parts
When you feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the size of the assignment, breaking it into a detailed to-do list will definitely help you.
Do each little task day by day to avoid burn out.
3. talk to your classmates/proffessors
Don’t hesitate to ask for help or just simply talk to those you study with. Some healthy human interactions will work well for you as a student.
4. have your study playlist
If you work well with background noises, some music may make your studying more enjoyable.
But don’t play songs you know the lyrics of, it’ll keep you distracted. Instead, choose the just melody version or search for some study music.
5. get into productive mood by organizing yourself and your space
When you’re not feeling like studying (which I can totally relate to) start organizing your space.
Get rid of unnecessary things from your desk and prepare all of the needed stationary.
Then make a study plan for your session. Write down a to-do list with the urgent and important tasks at the beginning and easier things at the end.
Get some water, turn on your study music, and go get it done!
6. keep your space clean
Make sure that not only your desk is clean and organized but also your room.
Living in a tidy place will help your mind stay clear and there will be less clutter in your head (I experienced these effects).
7. encourage yourself
Tell yourself that a task is a no-brainer or won’t take too much time when you’ve no motivation to do it and there’s not much time left.
Trick your brain into believing it.
As I was writing it, I couldn’t get into the writer’s flow so I told myself completely seriously that I’m going to write only a few paragraphs.
It’s been 3o mins since and I’m still writing:)
8. drink water and have healthy shacks
Please, STAY HYDRATED!
Make sure you drink enough water as it will help you feel better overall and keep your study performance high.
And don’t forget some healthy snacks!
9. have a designated study space
Have a special place that you associate with studying. It can be your desk or any other table.
Study there most of the time.
Because your brain already associates this place with learning. That’s why studying in bed will make you fall asleep instead of working.
10. feel prepared
When you study at home do whatever makes you feel prepared.
Do your hair, choose an outfit, do some light makeup, get some coffee, etc.
Make yourself more motivated to get done your work.
11. treat yourself
Encourage yourself to learn by treating yourself to something good after accomplishing a task.
It can be snacks, some movie time, YouTube, self-care things.
I swear nothing keeps you going more than a sweet nap after a hard stressful day hehe!
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12. have breaks
Make sure you keep a healthy balance between work and play.
Don’t study for too long. And don’t keep your breaks for too long.
The perfect ratio would be:
|30 mins studying||5 mins break|
|1-hour studying||15 mins break|
|1.5-2 hours studying||30 mins break|
13. have a routine and follow it
Such an important tip for me lol. I’ve got some struggles with routines. Just a little bit haha.
But having a well-structured routine and following it seriously will really help you stay productive throughout the day.
14. don’t compare yourself to your friends/peers
Please, please, and please – never ever compare yourself to others, especially if it brings you or someone else down.
Somebody’s success doesn’t mean it’s your failure. Focus on you and only you.
How can you be better than you were yesterday/last week/year? What can you do to bring success into your life? Answer these questions and go get your goals!
15. drink cold water instead of coffee
When you’ve realized you’ve drunk too much coffee while studying or you just simply don’t like coffee – drink cold water instead.
It refreshes and rejuvenates your body and mind. Do some exercise, drink water, and get back to studying all fresh.
16. make study guides
Sometimes when you are trying to understand a topic and fully remember it, making study guides can help.
Pretend you’re making a study guide for your friend on the topic you’re learning.
Write or try to explain everything you know in a simple form. Study it like you’re going to teach somebody.
When I’m reading a textbook I always pretend that I’m explaining everything I’ve read to my class. And it kinda helps:)
17. get distraction-blocking apps
Don’t let your phone distract you.
Use apps like Forest or ColdTurkey to block the distractions and keep you focused.
18. study until you’re confident in your knowledge
Study until you are sure that you’re gonna ace it. And then go and ace it!
19. try to understand what you’re learning
Don’t cram. It may be good for the first time. But when an exam comes and you’re all stressed and overwhelmed, you’ll just forget everything (speaking from experience).
Instead, try to understand or find a logical sequence of what you’re cramming.
20. quiz yourself on Quizlet or make flashcards
If you’re unsure of your knowledge or just want to test yourself – make flashcards.
On one side of the card write a term and on the other the definition of that term. Or formula and meaning. Date and event, etc.
Or go to Quizlet and test your knowledge there.
21. practice as much as you can
Practice solving as many problems as you can. Practice learning and speaking a foreign language as much as you can.
Do all that you can and dedicate enough time to what you’re studying to see good results.
22. use Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro method will help you to study in the most productive way.
What this technique is: you’re setting a timer for 25 minutes, doing a task during this time, and then you take a 5-minute break.
Repeat this 4 times until you study for 2 hours. And then take a bigger break – 15-20 minutes.
This method will help you stay productive while having enough rest.
During the breaks, you can refill your water cup, do some exercise, let the fresh air in.
23. write out formulas/important info before test
Write out all the key information you know will be on the test on the index card. And revise from it if you don’t have time for entire notes.
24. start studying a week before test
As soon as you know about a test, especially if it’s a week before, go and start studying.
This preparation before will save you lots of time and nerve cells in the future when the test is on the next day.
Make a study guide, revise flash cards, go through the whole topic.
Spend 10 minutes a day studying a week before the test and you’ll be more ready.
Dedicate some time everyday to do a little or full workout.
Your body isn’t meant to always be sitting at the first place.
Humans were made to be active beings. That’s why a lack of exercise and movement can cause illnesses and sometimes overweight.
Start by taking 10 minutes a day to do some squats, jumping jacks, or just jump, go for mini-walks. Just anything that makes your body move.
These simple but very effective tips will help you be and stay a productive, successful, and motivated student. ‘Cause well, it kind of helps me:)
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