As we’re approaching the 3/4 mark of the school year, studying is getting a little bit harder when we’re craving a break from school. So to help get you back on studying, here’s a little post with a few tips:
1. Pair/group up! Note: This is only suggested for those who have the power to actually stay focused when with company. Pair up/group up with people from class that you know are actually going to study. Start a general message so you can have easy access to help and it’s easier to stay awake when you’re in a conversation (but limit the topic of conversation- don’t stray to a discussion of the latest Teen Wolf episode).
2. "Treat yoself." Okay, so it’s 1 a.m., you’re memorizing where the sternothyroid muscle is, and your vision keeps on straying to your phone- take a break. Set a time for less than 15 minutes. Quick enough to grab a quick snack (stay away from sugar), run for a bathroom break, or scroll through Impression’s latest posts.
3. Stay awake. Sugar sounds oh-so-good when it’s 2 a.m.- but no, it really isn’t. That candy bar may seem sweet and a great pick-me-up, but it’s going to make you crash in another 15 minutes…so is it really worth it? Recommended snacks: A piece of whole grain toast with avocados and blueberries, caffeinated green tea, a piece of mint gum (All of which promote brain health). Run to the bathroom to splash your face with cold water, or try a face/hair mask (♥)- because chance are, you’re not going to want to sleep with whatever is smeared on your face/hair.
4. Music. Personally, I haven’t been able to listen to anything remotely loud when I study so I either a.) listen to nothing b.) listen to white noise which cancels out other noises c.) listen to playlists/artists that I deem tolerable for studying. I would 10/10 recommend: Dustin O’Halloran (for all you Instrumental OST lovers), Local Natives’ Hummingbird album, The Grand Budapest Hotel OST, and the Her OST.
5. Set a schedule (and stick to it). Don’t plan on cramming into the early hours of the morning. Stick around an hour of studying in between your homework assignments. English essay, Study, math worksheet, study, APUSH outline, study. Alternate your subjects. It’s going to be a lot easier on you (or at least it is for me) to change up whatever I’m studying. Let’s say you have a math test tomorrow, an APUSH test the next day, and an anatomy exam the day after. Math, APUSH, Math, Anatomy, Math. Focus on the closest test, but don’t forget that you’re also not going to want to cram for the next two, so get a head start.
Don’t forget- no matter how hard school may be, it’s not worth you questioning your value when you receive a bad mark on a test. As difficult as it may be, finish this school year with a more positive mindset because summer is just around the corner ♥