Staying focused is harder than ever. Seriously. If you were a student a decade ago, your biggest distraction was likely AOL Instant Messenger or perhaps that party down the hall. Now there’s texting, social networks, blogs, videos, podcasts, you get the idea.
All of these are dangerous time-sucks when it comes to trying to get some proper studying done. If you’ve hit a few roadblocks during your time studying then this straightforward visual guide to the biggest study tips will help you out. It’s especially useful for distracted students who have trouble figuring out how to balance their online travels (web surfing?) with their required studying.
If you implement just a handful of these dozen tips, you’re going to be blown away with just how efficient your studying time will become. For example, try the plugins that force you to not check particular websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) until a certain amount of time has lapsed. While the plugins can’t make you spend that time actually studying, it can give you some incentive to spend your time a bit better. The reward? Being able to use your favorite sites without having to worry that you’re not doing enough.
This handy graphic from Kaplan University is especially great for online students. It’s got a big focus on online solutions to helping distracted students. Hence all the web tools and digital ideas. In any case, there are a ton of useful ‘study hacks’ for everyone!
The 12 biggest study tips for students of any age
Scent – Spray an unfamiliar scent white you’re studying and again right as you’re about to take the test. The scent will jog your memory.
Gum – A weird or different flavor of gum works the same way as an unfamiliar scent.
Notes – Before taking a test write down all the relevant information you can think of on an index card as if it were a piece of paper you were allowed to bring with you. It’s an extra writing exercise to help you remember the important things. It also serve as a nice review when it comes time for exams.
Music – When listening to hours of recorded lectures put on instrumental background MUSIC to help you focus through the boredom.
Food trail – Leave yourself a gummy bear when reading
Memory – Write down all of your formulas at the beginning of the test.
Speed – When crunched for time, listen to recorded Lectures at double speed.
Fonts – When studying, avoid when possible easy-to-read, fonts like Arial. Research has shown that Large, easy-to-read fonts are likely to be skimmed over. Information presented in a more challenging is more likely to be retained.
Discipline – Use a program to block distracting sites a on your for computer for a set period of time
Documentary – For history and anthropology classes watch a documentary on the topic
Sample test – Search on Google to find exams on the same topics
Color coding – Takes notes using different colored pens