Appropriate for mid "mid-term season", I wanted to share some of my tips for studying when you have a million things to do, and barely any time to do it!
I have such of love of education and learning, but it can be super stressful at times to manage a high course load!
To find out what my best tips and tricks for studying are... read more!
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I want to be that person that jokes about "no time and no motivation" for school and hating it so much (like all the cool kids do) but on a real level; I love doing homework, I love school and I love what i'm learning about, so I don't get to make those jokes lol.
A little on what I do for my education before we dive on it:
I am a fourth year Criminal Justice student with aspirations of attending law school in 2019. I have one more year of my undergraduate degree before I am off to law school (hopefully). I have been (recently) accepted to write an honours thesis next year on basic legal freedoms in Canada under the Charter, and there is nothing I love more than a good Charter case lol.
That is a little bit on what I do, but onto how I study!
I. Keep it Clean & Organized!
As if this is the first time you've heard me say this?
Your space is detrimental to how you function! If you are sitting in a space that is loud, crowded, and busy - you are not going to get anything done. Think of this sitting in a bar and trying to study; you are constantly distracted and influenced by what's around you. So, instead of this, try cleaning up your room / study area (making your bed, getting dirty dishes out of the way, putting away clothes that didn't make it into the closet) and make the space feel big, bright and your aesthetic.
The same 'science' that is behind "make your bed and you will be more successful" is applied here - make a space that it easy to be in, and it will be easy to be productive in!
II. Grab a snack, grab a drink, sit down and focus
This is the basis on which I live my life. Get yourself a small snack (popcorn, chips, veggies), get a drink (a BIG glass of water, a coffee or a tea), find yourself a place to sit (ideally your desk) and JUST GET IT DONE! Focus for 2 hours, put away your phone and settle into working on what you have to get done! Instead of working here and there throughout the day, just do it! You will feel so much more accomplished and less stressed once everything out of the way, and if you can dedicate a couple hours of actually working hard and focusing - its surprising how fast you can get it all done!
III. go to a coffee shop
OK, so it doesn't have to be a coffee shop, it can be a library or the living room, but that is where I like to go! I find that when you sit in a coffee shop, you lose your excuse to get distracted. Anything that you have to do either: (a) costs money, or (b) you have to pack up everything you brought. Because of this, I find it easy to settle in and get my stuff done, enjoy a great latte and then go home and relax or focus on something else, because everything else is done!
IV. good notes = good studying
I shouldn't have to say this but... focus in class. The more you know from class, the less you have to re-learn when you go to study or work on an assignment. It can be super hard to focus on someone talking for that long, but make the most of your time!
Take good, clear, easy to read and informative notes. I am not a believer in "summarizing" notes; I am that person that writes down the slides word or word. But I then take these good notes, and summarize them into a study guide of my own, which I then dwindle down again based on the study guide provided to me. This takes an extra couple steps, but you don't miss information!
V. wake up early. drink coffee. work hard.
This is the beginning of one of my favourite quotes, and it is super true! This is my way of saying to keep yourself inspired about your education! Remember why it's important, why you enjoy it and what it's going to get you in the future! This is how you stay motivated to do that paper you've dreading... stay excited!
Lastly, listening to music through head phones really helps to keep me focused (and others from distracting you!) One of my fav places to study at school is in the silent study rooms, but even these rooms have some sort of noise; people moving around, opening snacks, or asking questions. So having a pair of head phones in and some chill music keeps me in the zone.
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Hope you enjoyed my study tips for this wonderful midterm season!
Comment what your study tips are below! I love learning new tips and tricks for school and would love to see yours!