As the end of the semester nears, students everywhere scramble to cram for finals. Procrastination and boredom are the main deterrents of studying, but they don’t have to be! Here are 7 ways to study effectively:
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1. Study Groups. Whether it’s you and one friend, or you and 5 people from class, this is a great way to study. Study groups are useful because someone else may be able to answer your question and vice verse. It’s also a great way to ensure studying without distractions. You can even make it fun by having Socratic seminars about a chapter or book and by playing study games. Come up with your own versions of study guides, charades, practice tests, etc. Don’t forget to assign snack duty! Just leave the phones behind so you can really focus on your work!
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2. Use a Study Website. Don’t have time to make flashcards? Need a practice test? Using a study website such as quizlet.com can help you significantly. Quizlet has 1000s of already made, user-submitted flashcards and study materials. You can also add your own. You can take any kind of practice test: multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer or a combination of them all. Another great site for study help is Khan Academy. It’s free and has tons of videos and articles to teach you anything!
3. Use Study Apps. Got a few minutes to study right before the test? Nothing to do on the bus? Pull out your mobile device and download some study apps. Quizlet has a free app, you can study your flashcards on the go! There are tons of free apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
5. Use Colors. If you are a visual learner, using colors can help you study, take better notes and retain information. Get some sticky notes, highlighters, colorful paper clips, etc. I recommend using the Post It and Scotch Organization Kit! You can get on Amazon for $13.
6. Study in intervals. Studying everything at once does not give one enough time for short-term memory to convert to long-term memory. One great strategy is: Study for 25 minutes, break for 5, study for 25, break for 5, study for 25, break for 20. Then repeat the cycle until you’re done studying. Set a timer on your phone or watch so you can stay on task.
7. Create a Study Jar. You can really use a hat or bowl, it doesn’t matter. But the point is to take slips of paper and write all of the things you need to study on the strips. Then write down a couple of fun things like: watch YouTube for 5 minutes, get a snack, play one game of COD… If you put some rewards in the jar then you will be able to make studying fun.
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