How to Study Better
By Rav Kaur
Have trouble scoring well on tests? Do you study all night and still can’t get that A? Then read this article for more information on how to do to better in your classes!
1. Don’t study too much: Studying for more than 2 ½ hours at a time can actually make you do worse on tests. Studying for a really long period of time can make your brain start to forget things, and you will stop processing what you are saying.
2. Don’t study too little: Now, just because you shouldn’t study too much does not mean you should only spend 15 minutes studying. Spend at least 45 minutes to an hour to study for a test. Spend more time if it’s a harder test or something you’re not confident about. Spend a little less time if it’s something easier.
3. Don’t listen to music: I know everyone listens to their music while doing homework or studying, and I do too. Who doesn’t? But I find that I get more work done faster and I understand the topic better if I shut off my music and just concentrate on my work. If you really must listen to music, then listen to soothing music with no lyrics.
4. Shut off your phone and other distractions: Having your phone on and near you is the worst way to study. Even if you tell yourself you won’t use it, eventually you will, and you will find yourself scrolling through Instagram or using Snapchat for the hour that you were supposed to be using to study. Putting your phone away in a different room is the best way to guarantee that you will not be tempted to use it.
5. Make sure you are in a place with no distractions: In order to study well and not be distracted, make sure you are in a quiet place that has no distractions. If you have a sibling, make sure you are not studying around them, and do not study in your bedroom if all of your possessions are in there, as you will be tempted to use them.
6. Have a goal in mind: Sitting down to study without having a goal in mind will lead to zero productivity. If you study without a goal, then you will just look at random topics, and not focus on what you need to. A goal is very important when you want to review certain things for a test. Maybe, each day, focus on one thing you need to work on, and the day before the test review everything.
7. Start studying 3-4 days before the test: Cramming the night before the test will NEVER work out. Especially if you have more than one test the next day. Always make sure you start out at least 3 days before your test, so you can split up the work and get a better understanding of whatever it is you are studying.