Hacking Your Books

With finals quickly approaching, the pressure is mounting up with every passing day. And what better way to prepare than to start studying now? Some people know what studying habits fits them best, but there are always other ways to try that might suit you better in the long run! Here are some ways that might help you prep for the nightmare that is to come:

Studying + Sleeping:

There’s the age-old myth of hoping that sleeping on your books could somehow diffuse the knowledge into your brain, but.. there might be some truth in that, though not exactly as effortless as one would’ve hoped.

Studying right before bed (possibly the time you least want to study) could help your brain keep some of that knowledge, whether it’s your biology notes or some terms from French you were learning! Although there’s both inconclusive and conclusive research on how the brain processes information during sleep, for some people, they do retain whatever they were studying before they went to bed a bit easier than if they studied the material some other time!

Keeping it Old-School

Tablets, computers, and Evernote are great for convenience and all, but traditional pen-on-paper still beats them when it comes to studying. Research shows that when students physically write things down, the brain processes it easier and perhaps, more efficiently than clicking some buttons and seeing the words appearing on a screen.

So pull out your notebooks and some pencils and start jotting down your notes–you might find that you need to read less than you think you do!

Play Some Tunes

As much as you love Kendrick Lamar, those flows aren’t going to cut it. Some smooth classical might, though, according to Stanford’s School of Medicine. Although some people might not be able to focus with background sound, certain kinds of music might stimulate parts of the brain that can help attention span or your mood! There are even channels dedicated to study music where you’ll find hour long playlists, so once the music stops, you’ll know when to take a break.

Here’s one of my favorites! https://www.youtube.com/user/StudyMusicProject

Make Connections

Called contextual learning, this is a method where the student makes connections between ideas, rather than memorizing each part separately. This might be what separates quick learners from slow ones; it helps customize information so that it makes sense for the student and they may remember it better. It can be as simple as picking up flashcards with some words and trying to form connections between those words! From paper to whiteboards, visual aids may also stimulate better contextual learning.

Hopefully, you’ve found a takeaway point from this article! So, go get that A on your finals!