Studying is not only a hard endeavor, but it is also time-consuming. And in this life, having extra time is a privilege not everyone can afford.
You might notice yourself struggling to find enough time to learn everything you need to know, and you can use different productivity hacks to stay on top of your responsibilities and goals.
There are way too many life hacks for you to try them all. But don't worry! You'll find all of them that are proven to be effective!
Table Of Contents:
- 1. Live in an Organized Environment
- 2. Keep Distractions Away From You
- 3. Be on the Lookout for New Learning Techniques
- 4. Find a Way to Use What You Have Learned
- 5. Look for Interesting Documentaries to Watch
- 6. Start Using Your Own Words to Explain What You Are Learning
- 7. Get Ahead of Yourself and Get Ready in the Process
1. Live in an Organized Environment
If you want to succeed in any task, you have to be organized enough to pull it off. There are plenty of methods to stay organized.
The easiest way is to take notes and label them by date. If you are going to use a computer to do so, make sure to use keywords. That way, it'll be much easier to find certain topics and subjects later on.
If you prefer to write it down on your notepad, use different notepads, post-it notes and highlighter colors to categorize everything you might need.
Keeping everything organized is a great way to deal with stress or anxiety. If you are having worrying thoughts about school, take a step back and relax. Look at how everything is organized and evaluate if you have to make any changes regarding your process. When you see how good you are doing, you will feel calm in no time.
2. Keep Distractions Away From You
If you are looking at your phone every five or ten minutes when you study, you probably are not getting anything done. Music, background TV noise, social media notifications, and many other things are out there to distract you and keep you away from your goals.
Cut off any distractions right before you start studying. That alone will improve your results overnight! Avoid multitasking as well — it's just a fancy way to distract yourself.
Whenever you are doing something, focus on it entirely. When you are done, move on to the next thing.
3. Be on the Lookout for New Learning Techniques
Taking notes and reading them after class is a well-known, proven technique to learn. But it is not the only one. There are countless ways to study and most of them can be found online.
A quick Google search will open up a world of possibilities. Try a couple of them to see which one is best for you, and stick to it!
Change things up every once in a while as it keeps things interesting. Make the best out of technology: use phone apps designed to increase productivity or watch videos like TED talks, which are both fun and educational.
4. Find a Way to Use What You Have Learned
If you want to remember what you have learned during class, you need to find a way to use it. It doesn't matter how are you going to use this info, as long as you do something with it. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Find someone interested in what you are learning and teach them a little bit about it.
If you are studying engineering, search for a cool experiment you can complete.
Make an educational video and upload it online.
Whatever you do, make sure you are making the most out of your classes!
5. Look for Interesting Documentaries to Watch
Documentaries are always a fun, effortless way to gain knowledge about something. And they always make the most out of a short time frame, so you know you'll get all of the important concepts.
If you decide to make use of documentaries, remember that you have to watch a couple of them to avoid getting a biased opinion on a subject.
Be sure not to use them as your only source of study, as they tend to miss specific details most of the time due to their short duration.
6. Start Using Your Own Words to Explain What You Are Learning
If you are repeating your professor's lectures or textbooks when you need to explain the subject matter, you are not learning — you are repeating someone else's words.
If you truly want to learn about something, you need to understand what you are listening to or reading. To make sure you understand it, explain the topics using your own words, not someone else's.
7. Get Ahead of Yourself and Get Ready in the Process
A couple of days (or hours) before going to a lecture, read through your textbook and skim through the parts you'll be reviewing that day. Make sure you've reviewed the material you are going to learn. Don't walk into the classroom empty-handed.
By preparing ahead, you'll at least know what to expect, and you will be ready for what's to come.