Sunday, November 16, 2014

Study tips!

Hey everyone! I put together a list of study tips. This year I've been really trying to get organized & study more, so these are the things that have helped me. Let's get started! 

1) WRITE THINGS OUT!
Seriously I have all my vocab words in quizlet (a great flash card app/site), but I'll get a piece of paper and write them all out too. Just grab a piece of lined paper & a ruler and mark a little before halfway on the page. Put the words on one side & their definitions on the other. Also write out anything that your having trouble remembering. 

2) SCHEDULE YOUR STUDY TIME! 
First have a planner, this is the first year I really started using a planner and now I couldn't live without it. Make sure you schedule in your study time, or it just won't happen. If want to go paperless use your google calendar to schedule it in or use a paper planner. 
I just want to take a second to talk about my planner. I got it at PINK & it's a really cute galaxy print, but I love that it has a monthly and weekly layout, and it has pages for notes. I also like that it comes with cute stickers to mark events.
I'm using washi tape & a sharpie to mark Xmas break & I use the column on the right to put anyones' birthdays. 

3) COLOR CODE EVERYTHING! 
Highlight things that you know are going to be on the test one color, highlight hard vocab words & just use it to make things pop in your notes. It's easier to read that way. You can use color pens, I just find highlighters much easier. I use these Yoobi mini highlighter from Target & I just love them. I seriously don't know what I'd do without them. 


Also I like using these little post it flags to mark pages in my binders and notebooks. 

4) TAKE BREAKS! 
Everyone says to work 25 minutes & break 5 minutes & every third break is 15 minutes. Try that. I personally like to work 50 minutes & break 10 minutes & every third break 30 minutes. I use both methods, If it's something that there isn't much to study I'll use the 25min method, but most of the time for me I'm just getting into it & then it's time for a break which totally breaks my concentration. On your breaks try doing some light workout too. Try both out and see what works for you. 

5) MUSIC
This is really controversial, I think it goes by the person. Music helps me focus a lot better. Just don't listen to music that has words and don't play it too loud. Personally I love to listen to the film score radio on pandora and the Trans-Syberian orchestra radio on pandora. If you find orchestra or even flute music too distracting maybe your one of the people that study better without music. 

6) GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS
This sounds like a no brainer, but we've all done it. Say I'm just going to check this quick...One hour later your still on your phone. No studying in sight. Put your phone on silent & if you using it for music put it face down on he table next to you so you don't see the notifications. If you have an iPhone you can use the do not disturb setting. 

7) SNACKS! 
Have some brain food! Healthy snacks and a bottle of water or cup of tea with you while you study. Maybe it's just me, but I can't study on an empty stomach. Also, your brain needs sugar, so snacking on some dried or fresh fruit is a great, healthy way to keep your energy up. 

8) FIND A STUDY SPOT
Find your favorite place to study, whether it's in your room, at a coffee shop, or at the library. Once you have your favorite spot, use it. The library can sometimes be the best place to study, because it's quiet & being around all the books can get you into a studying mood. Once in a while switch it up, study somewhere different so it doesn't get boring.

9) STUDY WITH A BUDDY
It's true what they say, studying with a group can help you learn things better. Get some friends together & study. If you're having trouble someone else could explain it to you and it helps you memorize things explaining them to other people. 

Apps to help you study:

30/30
This app is seriously the best for time management. It helps to make sure you get enough study time in and you don't spend to much time on one subject. Or you can just use it to keep on track throughout the day. I seriously love it.

Duolingo
This app is my favorite app to help me learn a language. It's helped me a ton with German & I plan to learn Italian with it too. It's fun & doesn't take long. Plus you can set daily goals to keep you on track. It has German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, and Danish. It honestly makes learning a language a lot easier. 


My last app for you guys is called: Streaks 
This is a goal setting app. You can make calendars like studying, workout, etc. and everyday that you do it, it puts an x on the calendar. It's a good way to keep track of your goals and to motivate you. 



Comment below what your favorite study tip is? 
- Serena 

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