Features Issue 5 Magazine

Study Tips

Start studying a week before every quiz/test. Cramming is good for the short term memory, such as just before a test (around an hour before), but isn’t a good studying tactic. You only learn the information in the exact way you read it, so any practical application on your test won’t be easy to answer. You also will struggle with answering the same questions you studied for, when they are asked differently than the study guide.

Research youtube videos and TED Talks for the topics you are learning about to help you better  understand the material.

Write out your notes. Handwritten notes are proven to help you retain the information better than typing.

Have a designated space to study. Studying in bed may be tempting, but your brain connects your bed to sleep so it can be counterintuitive. 

You don’t have to sit down and review notes for two hours, instead review a small portion of them and then quiz yourself. You can do this while working out or eating breakfast! 

Give yourself study breaks. Rather than studying for 6 hours straight, study for an hour then give yourself a ten minute break to relax and refocus your mind. Try to stay off your phone during this period and avoid distractions. 

Make sure your notes aren’t too flashy. Colorful notes may seem like a good idea, but they can often distract the eye and make you lose focus. 

If an extra credit opportunity happens to come your way, do it! You may not need the boost now, but you might later. 

ALWAYS check school loop in the morning before school. Teachers tend to send last minute emails in the morning that might be important and pertain to what will be going on in class.

If you listen to music while you study, listen to music without lyrics. You’ll be less likely to get distracted by what you’re listening to, and make it more likely to stay focused on your work.

One surefire way to make sure you understand the material is if you can teach it to somebody else. Try explaining it to someone without a lot of background on the subject, or someone who hasn’t heard it before. 

Do not be afraid to ask questions! If you get something wrong or don’t pass a test, don’t feel ashamed. Ask the teacher about the questions you missed so you can learn from the experience and know the answers for future material or the final. 

Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep. Research shows that teens need between 9 to 9 ½ hours of sleep, while teens actually only average around 7 to 7 ½ hours. 

Read the news and stay up to date in current affairs. Connecting concepts with current events can help you understand what you’re learning.

Planners can be helpful. Planning out your day in the morning can help you stay organized, especially if you are prone to distraction. Also, writing down your goals tells your brain you have officially established tasks.