10 Study Tips Every Student Should Know

Dr. Angela Seabright
Allison Schmuecker

| 3 min read

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For many students, studying can be a draining task. It often requires hours of reading and can leave one feeling overloaded with information. However, studying doesn’t have to be miserable.
Here are 10 tips to make studying easier and more efficient this school year:
  1. Progressive Studying: Students who cram the night before tend to forget pertinent information. They also feel more stressed and anxious. Try setting aside a specific time to study at least a week before your exam.
  1. Flashcards, Notes and Videos: Visual aids such as flash cards and videos are simple tools that can help with one’s memory. They allow you to retain information and get a better understanding of the material.
  1. Find a Spot: Sit in a distraction-free zone. Choose a comfortable area where you won’t be prone to interruptions. Possible locations include coffee shops, libraries, study lounges or your own bedroom.
  1. Find a Study Buddy: Studying with friends, especially classmates, is a great way to work through material. You can bounce ideas off one another and they may offer insights you can use to your advantage.
  1. Unplug: Another way to minimize distractions is by silencing your phone or turning it off completely. This automatically removes the pressure of incoming calls, texts or social media notifications.
  1. Stay Fueled: Eating healthy and staying hydrated are crucial during an exam week. It will keep you energized and focused on the task at hand. Bring nutritious snacks and water wherever you go to prevent poor food choices often brought on by stress.
  1. Listen to Soothing Music: Instrumental or classical music is an audible aid that can boost concentration. It also creates a relaxing environment that helps you to be more receptive to new information.
  1. Take Breaks: At minimum, you should never study for more than 50 minutes before taking a 10-minute break. Create a routine that allows you to intermittently step away from the book or screen to regroup. Whether it’s a quick nap, a brief walk or a snack break, incorporate downtime into your schedule.
  1. Don’t Over-Caffeinate: Drinking caffeinated drinks such as pop, coffee or energy drinks can help you stay awake, but don’t overdo it. Try consuming no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. Too much can hinder your sleep habits which are important for the renewal of your body and mind.
  1. Seek Outside Help: If you’re struggling with the material, don’t be afraid to ask your teacher or professor for help. They can further clarify the information or recommend a tutor to provide guided study sessions.
What are some study tips you’ve found useful? Let us know in the comments.
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