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Wait ... I actually have to study?

Posted on 4/27/2016 11:31:03 AM by Kelsey Simpkins


We all know that feeling when it comes to studying … dread! You want to study, but can’t think straight. Believe me, you’re not the only one. When it comes to studying here are the best ways to prepare.

Give yourself time

Don’t just study the day before the BIG test. Space out your time; map it out in your planner. And don’t blow off the time you blocked out for studying.

Find a quiet spot

Try and find a spot that is comfortable, but not too comfortable because then you will end up falling asleep and give up studying. I tend to pick a couch because I can put my feet up and relax. The place you pick should be quiet without any interruptions. I also find it easier to study if I’m in comfortable clothes, like a sweatshirt and sweatpants.

Turn off your phone

Yes, I said it! Turn off your phone! Your phone is one of the biggest distractions, especially when it comes to procrastinating. Josie Clarke from the Mirror Daily Times said that people check their smartphones an average of 85 times a day without even knowing they are doing it. How can you ever get anything done?

Clear your mind

Take the time to write everything down that does not have to do with the test topic. This will help clear out anything else you’re thinking about and move in the new information.

Make flash cards

I know! Making flash cards are annoying, but they really do work if you actually study them while writing all 100 of them. The best way to use flash cards is by studying with someone else.  After going over the flash cards numerous times the best thing to do is take out the card that you get and keep studying the cards you still don’t understand. Another useful way to study is by using quizlet.com. This website helps give fun interactive ways to study your test material.

Give yourself time to sleep

You may think staying up all night is a good idea, but it’s not. Sleep is important, it gives your brain time to take a break and reboot. This goes back to #1 to make sure you’re not cramming.

Eat a good breakfast

I know if you’re thinking the same thing I am you would rather sleep that extra 15 minutes rather than eat breakfast, but if your stomach is empty while taking your test, you will be distracted and worried about what you’re going to eat rather than focusing on your test.

Keep calm! And GOOD LUCK on your next test!