I have a week of final exams starting tomorrow and I’m still reviewing term 1 of science…..
I should be studying right now but I’m procrastinating
Also, this is more for like long-term studying, so if you plan to spend an entire day studying this is for you.
Open your window- let the fresh air come in because fresh air is good for you and you can think better in an environment that isn’t stuffy.
Also if you live in a quieter place, it’s nice to have some natural background noise while studying.
Set your work space.
Personally, I can’t study in a messy environment so I have to clean up my ENTIRE room before I can start, or I can’t think.
It’s also good to have a glass of water or a drink of your choice on hand so you don’t have to interrupt your studying and go and get water.
Wind down and relax. Take a shower, wash your face and get all your ~problems~ or discomfort out of the way. I like to wear comfy clothes to study so I don’t have any added stress ontop of studying.
Get or use a bunch of really colourful highlighters and pens and colour code EVERYTHING
It helps to have a little legend on the side to organize your colours. For example,
Red- Vocabulary Terms
Green- important points
Blue- for titles and subtitles
This is more for people who study by making study sheets like me- when you’re copying down things, say it over and over in your head while you’re doing it to help yourself memorize it.
Learning from mistakes is one of the best ways to learn and memorize things.
Spray a perfume or a scent you wouldn’t normally smell. And then on exam/test day, spray it in yourself.
This helps you remember facts from when you were studying.
Work in a BRIGHT, well-lit room.
If it’s possible, open your blinds so that sunlight can pour in! Unless you live where I live and it rains every day.
Your environment and the amount of light in your room greatly affects your mood.
If you’re in a time crunch and you study well by reading, Times New Roman is proven to be the easiest font to read.
If you need help understanding a concept, watch a crash course video!
The guy who talks is John Green’s brother and all the information is really informative and it’s FAST (which helps if you need to relearn a whole years worth of science like me)
You might find that these videos explain things better in 10 minutes than your teacher does in a whole term!
Pretend you’re a teacher and teach someone everything or maybe even film a crash course video yourself. This helps you apply your knowledge and helps you memorize way better.
Take breaks! But efficiently.
Take breaks once your finished a certain topic and not halfway through so that you can remember it as a whole.
Also, don’t just go on your phone during your break- take a walk! Ride your bike or something and excercise so you can get your brain moving.
Use a mnemonic!
What is a mnemonic, you ask?
It’s a word or phrase you memorize to help you memorize stuff (I know, great explanation)
ROY G BIV helps you remember the order of the rainbow.
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
Here’s a mnemonic generator so you can type in the letters you need to remember, and it helps you generate a sentence
Before you let yourself sleep at night and while you’re laying in your bed, quiz yourself briefly on what you’ve studied that day.
What’s a nucleus?
What goes on during anaphase?
Studies have shown that this actually helps you remember things better.
BUT this does not mean studying at 3AM in the morning before you sleep helps, because you’ll be too tired to remember any concepts. This means that before you sleep at a good time (preferably before 11:30), reviewing what you’ve studied helps you lock in all those facts
Hopefully these tips help.
For those of you with exams, good luck!!!
Also, don’t procrastinate like me right now.