Much like everyone has their own learning style, success
style, and work style, we all study best in different ways.
Some people cannot focus at home, and others prefer to work outside.
The truth is there is no one way to study, and even if you have a
method that works for you, it’s best to mix it up every now and then.
Studies show when it comes to
studying, variety improves retention and recollection. Changing up
how, when, and where you study can keep you focused and help you study
more effectively. Looking to spice up your study habits? Check out
these positive tips to help improve productivity, process information
better, and remember facts more easily!
Vary your study locations: Changing up where you
study keeps things fresh, helps you focus, and improves retention.
Instead of spending hours in one place, move around to different
rooms. Try going to a café or the library. It is good, however, to
study in a familiar place, so when you do vary your study
locations, choose places you know, and frequent those places
Take lots of breaks:
show “cramming” hinders retention
and makes it difficult to process information. Instead of studying
for a long block of time, break it into shorter sessions with
frequent breaks in between to refresh and refocus.
Snack healthily: There’s a reason it’s called
“brain food”! Healthy snacks like fruits and nuts, and
well-rounded meals are better for your body and high in energy,
which helps improve cognitive function. Snack often, perhaps
during your study breaks while you switch up your
Chew gum: According to
scientists, the act of
chewing stimulates your mind and keeps you focused. Chewing gum
while studying can give your brain a much needed boost.
Take a walk: On one of your periodic study
breaks, instead of going on Facebook or taking a short nap, go for
a walk. Try some
quick fitness routines
. Keeping your body physically
active will keep your mind stimulated.
Study before bed: It’s widely known that a
full-night’s sleep is important to overall brain function and
. Studies also suggest
helps you process and absorb
information more thoroughly. Try studying the most difficult
material before sleep (but not when you’re too tired that you fall
asleep studying), and avoid all-nighters (especially the night
before the test) because this prevents you from properly retaining
Recopy your notes: You should take notes during
classes and as you’re studying, but actually rewriting these notes
afterwards reinforces the information in your mind. Don’t type
forces you to focus more closely
on what you’re writing, and if you used shorthand the first time,
write everything out so it’s clearer when you reread your
Write in different colored ink: Varied colors are
good for visual memory, so using different colored sticky notes,
index cards, and other visual aids is good for studying. However,
you can also study effectively by writing your notes in different
colors. This helps break up information and make your notes more
visually stimulating. Also, put the highlighter away!
show that highlighting can have
the opposite effect.
Use apps or programs to avoid distractions: Do
you find yourself drifting towards Facebook, your emails, and
other digital distractions? There’s an app for that! Some
websites, tools, and apps will block certain sites from your
devices for a period of time. Check out some of
these great ways
to unplug and avoid the sites
that keep you from focusing.
Listen to low, classical music: Many people say
that listening music helps them study better. Loud music with
fast, multilayered melodies can, however, detract from your focus.
If listening to music, choose an instrumental piece—something
classical or jazz—and play it lowly in the background so it does
not interfere with your work.
As a student working full-time, balancing your career and your
classes can sometimes seem like a juggling act. To succeed
academically, it is important to devote time specifically to studying.
With everything else you have to do, the last thing you want is for
studying to become rote or tedious. Nobody said studying had to be boring!