Hello friends! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day so far! I've been playing around a little with the setup of my blog, and I added a feedback page! I'm really excited about it because it's a place where I can interact with you guys and a place where I can see what you want to see more posts about. I'm hoping it will help make the blog more useful because I can write about things people are interested in. If you haven't checked that out yet, I'd love to hear from you! For today's post I want to share some study tips because school is starting back up again, so I'm hoping some of these will help create a less stressful semester for everyone!
So my first tip is to destress a little when you come home from school. I know exactly how most of you feel when you get home from school-- you're stressed, tired, hungry, and the absolute last thing you want to be doing is homework. So if you can, take a few minutes to destress when you come home. I suggest eating a snack and drinking some water. Try to eat something healthy that will help fuel your brain for some more studying. I'm a really big fan of trail mix (especially when it has M&M's in it) and I like to have some fruit with it. Drinking water also helps me feel better, and of course it's always important to stay hydrated. Take a little bit of time for yourself before starting homework, but if you're going to be on social media it's helpful to set a timer because it's super easy to lose track of time.
After taking some time for yourself, I've found that it's super helpful to exercise before starting homework. Although I'm sure that all you want to do is crawl in your bed and take a nap, but exercising actually helps wake you up because it gets the blood flowin'! I usually feel more motivated after working out, so it makes me want to start on my homework so I can get it done faster. I know most people don't have time to do a super intense and long workout, but you can find a lot of quick videos on YouTube. I recommend Blogilates because her videos are super fast and fun. She also creates a workout calender for each month and has month long challenges on her website (http://www.blogilates.com). I promise doing a quick workout will help wake you up and get you ready to start your homework.
My next tip is probably my most important one: PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY! I know it's annoying and frustrating, but our phones are seriously such a huge distraction. Whenever we get a text or notification, we're going to be compelled to check it. The simple solution is to just move it into a different room where you won't be checking it constantly. I charge mine while it's out of my room so it's ready to go when I'm done with my homework. If you can't put it in a different room, at least put it on silent or do not disturb so it will be less likely to distract you. I promise you will get your work done faster if you aren't checking your phone every 3 minutes.
So after you've finished your snack and workout, I would continue to eliminate distractions from where you are working. Personally, I can't start homework until my room is clean, because if it's messy I just get distracted. At least clean off your desk space, or the place you plan to work at so it is neat and ready for you to start. If you have any other electronics in your workspace, I would suggest also moving them out of the room. I know it sounds annoying, but I promise it helps so much. I also suggest having some water with you incase you get thirsty while you're working.
Now that your workspace is clean, you are ready to go! Get out what you need and start working. I suggest setting a timer for a certain amount of time (I go for an hour or an hour and a half) and work until the timer goes off. I feel very accomplished when I put in a solid amount of work for a set amount of time. After the time is up (or when you finish your work) take a break! Take 10-15 minutes for yourself to calm down and recharge after your hardwork. After your break, set another timer, work until it goes off, then take a break. Keep doing this until your work is done!
So as for tips about actual studying, I have a couple for you. The first is Quizlet. Quizlet is my actual life. Without Quizlet, I would not have the grades that I have. It is so helpful for studying. They have different types of study tools, but it's all online so you can access it anywhere. I promise this is not sponsered by Quizlet. Seriously guys, this is the most helpful resource for studying vocabulary. I love it and I am so thankful for Quizlet. The second thing I do to study is to create outlines from my notes. Outlines are basically rewriting your notes in a simpler and more condensed form. To make the outlines, look at your notes, organize them into large catagories, pull out the main points under each catagory and write them on a seperate sheet of paper. I use one sheet of paper for each main catagory/topic. These are super awesome for studying because by making them you are analyzing and reviewing your notes and when you finish you have a new resource that you can read when you're studying. You're basically creating your own study guide which is super helpful because you're already studying just by making them.
I hope this was helpful for everyone! I hope some of these tips can help people get back in the swing of things, and hopefully they can help reduce some of the stress that goes along with school. Good luck on second semester! Let's kill it!!
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