4 Study Tips I Should Have Used More
Updated: Oct 10, 2019
In honor of all the fabulous papers and assignments that are gracing the to-do lists of many a college student this semester, here are 4 easy study tips to help you keep CRUSHING IT in college.
I have used these to get through some pretty intense study seasons and I will be the first to admit that if I had taken these to heart a whole lot sooner it would have saved me a significant amount of trial and error.
Feel free to snap these tips up and give yourself a fresh gift of productivity in your next study session.
1. Hydrate while you work.
This poses as an inconvenience for some who prefer to be a study bug undaunted by nature's call.
As a teenager, I used to work in a surgeon’s office to earn money to put myself through college early (long story).
Their specialty? Kidney stones. Among other things.
I learned a lot but the thing that stuck out to me the most?
How to avoid developing kidney stones in your body.
Kidney stones are calcifications that develop in the kidneys which can resemble gravel or sediment that can leave the body naturally and without symptoms.
If they reach a certain size before they pass naturally they can cause pain or other complications requiring medical intervention.
While diet may factor into kidney stone development, keeping a consistent fluid intake of water is essential for healthy kidneys.
And on occasion, spritz lemon into your water as a natural preventative.
You like your kidneys and you chances are – you’d like to keep them both.
So hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Water does fabulous things for your body system and benefits more than just your kidneys.
2. Play music you already know.
This works great for study sessions because your brain isn’t struggling to take in and enjoy new sounds.
Set a playlist you won’t be too distracted by and let it simmer in the background like a slow cooked roast (okay, maybe I’m getting hungry right now).
I recommend positive vibes in this instance.
One of my friends thought it would be cool to play a bunch of love songs but it didn’t make them satisfied to simply sit still and study.
Another one tried breakup songs and they just ended up with a smile flipped over.
They both borrowed my playlist afterwards.
Seriously, pick a playlist that you can just relax but study in.
No going to sleep here.
3. Study regularly.
Do you talk to your friends regularly?
Show up for a job?
Brush your teeth?
Working study time into your personal list of priorities is essential to getting it done.
And “I don’t have time” doesn’t cut it.
Social Media Today reports that the average person spends nearly 2 hours on social media per day which over time compounds into 5 years and 4 months of that same person's lifetime.
Half that 2 hours a day timeframe on a consistent basis and...
You have study time.
“But I’m not addicted to social media so…”
Me either. Welcome to the club.
Still, chances are you are spending time doing something for fun that you could still do and still find time to study.
Make a slight adjustment of the timeframe on the fun and...
You just found study time.
That cramming the night before stuff is unnecessarily stressful and a blinking neon sign that you probably don’t have your time management skills on fleek.
Save your stress levels and just schedule regular study time.
Who knows? Your GPA might even thank you.
4. Get enough sleep several days before a test.
This one is probably one of the most underappreciated and the least respected tips known to mankind.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a reach.
But seriously, this is the tip most students miss.
It doesn’t matter if I stand on the other side of the room as a professor or sit right next to you as a fellow college student, I have watched how getting enough sleep is essential to an epic study life.
And I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met that let friends or social events or binge watches of everything-that-can-wait-until-later step between them and a good night’s sleep.
Jokes and memes about not getting enough sleep or in juggling a work, life, school, sleep balance are funny but tougher to walk out in reality if you stayed up until 3am for no life altering reason and then have to be in class by 8 am.
Especially if you live more than 30 minutes away.
Your overall outlook on life can look a whole lot better after a good night’s sleep.
Imagine how much better it would look with a couple of good night’s sleep in a row?
Some people find it harder to sleep right before a big day (a test, a date, a wedding, etc.) or when they have a lot on their mind.
My recommendation is to beat the sleep woes by intentionally getting sleep in advance several days prior.
This will help ensure that if you run into a sleepless night or two, you are not completely depleted and you have some energy left to spare.