Hello wonderful people!
The weather has been so AMAZING lately in Arizona and it’s officially feeling like fall/winter now. I have yet to get over the fact that Thanksgiving is in a couple of days and that the fall semester of school is already ending. For some of you this may be a scary or exciting thing! However, I had a good friend who messaged me earlier and asked if I could write a “study tip/guide” blog to help with the stress of the semester. So of course, I had to say yes and began right away on this post because it couldn’t have been more of a perfect time! (Also, because I just had a physics exam today so I’m treating myself to some blog time! Yay!!)
First things first, I wanted to mention that it’s taken me a good solid two years of my undergraduate career to get the hang of studying and finding out whats best for me. I’ve tried various studying methods and this is what I’ve found out what provides me with the most success. So take my advice as you please 🙂
- Don’t get distracted! Put away all technology and block specific sites/apps if you need to. Phones can be a HUGE distraction so it’s important that you put it out of sight. (If it’s outta sight, it’s outta mind)
- Color. I like to use colorful highlighters, pens, colored pencils, markers and etc to get my notes poppin’ with some contrast. This really helps me pin point important information and hot topics.
- Sticky notes. I use sticky notes almost everyday and it really helps me remember the little things that can be easily forgotten. In addition, I also use them to summarize information in the midst of crammed notes.
- Mnemonic devices. Mnemonics are useful for remembering information that your brain just doesn’t want to remember. For example, while learning the citric acid cycle in biochemistry I used the mnemonic “Can I Keep Selling Snacks For Money Officer?” to remember the steps of each reaction. My SI leader used a different word for the “S” but I wanted to keep it PG for today lol.
- Get inspired. I always like to relate information that I’m learning to real-life situations so that I’m inspired to continue learning about the subject and not get bored. You can even just type in the subject within google and see what pops up (you may even be surprised).
- Writing out formulas. This is important for any class that involves calculating something of some sort because you’ll be able to understand why the formula is being used and what goes in & out. Nothing is worse than seeing a formula that you don’t remember and butchering the question like a fool.
- Write things down. Although this may seem time-consuming at some points, I highly believe that I remember information more when I write it down. Bonus points if you write it within your own words!
- Testing yourself. This is really important because it’s a way of making sure you completely understand the material and helpful for when you need to practice teaching the information. Always remember the phrase, “See One, Do One, Teach One.”
- Have a good non-lyrical playlist on hand. Personally, I cannot listen to music with words because then it’ll turn into a night of karaoke and not biochemistry. It all depends on you!
- Make sure you’re wearing something cozy.
Comfortable clothing is my #1 choice when studying because there’s nothing worse than an itching pair of leggings or sweaty clothes you’ve been in all day. So take a shower, maybe put on a facial mask, and get to work!
- Have a glass of water and snack nearby. I don’t have much of an explanation for this except that water is super important to keep yourself focused and your brain running! I will be providing another post focusing on healthier snacks soon 🙂
I hope my studying tips provide you with success and let me know what works best for you! Studying can become a drag sometimes so it’s important to keep yourself motivated and inspired. Always remember that you’re doing a great job and everything will be worth it. So keep going!