How to Study Efficiently

how to study efficiently

Studying is something many people claim to do but never complete successfully. I’m just as guilty of it as the rest of us. I’ll say, “I’m going to go study at the library,” pack my bag and laptop, get there, and I surf social media for four hours… productive, right? It’s crazy how distracted you can become when you don’t set a purpose for your studying or reward yourself for a successful session. These are just a couple of things that will help you study more efficiently in high school, college, or whatever reason you have for studying information!

how to study efficiently

Tip #1: Make an end goal for your study session.

Study sessions are always bad whenever you go in without something in mind. Whether it’s for an exam, completing a project, or doing a daily assignment, you need to have a goal for your study session so you know what you are working towards. If you do not have a goal then you are working mindlessly and you’ll eventually get distracted.

Tip #2: Bring snacks and plenty of water.

We always get hungry (and inadvertently distracted) whenever we are studying. Whether we forgot our lunch or we get too bored and start eating as a result, it will happen. Pack yourself some healthy snacks to nom on during your session. Additionally, stay hydrated! Water is the best thing for you (although coffee and tea have their benefits) and I think it’s the best drink to bring during a study session so you never feel like you’re running out of steam.

Tip #3: Try to eliminate using the internet so you avoid getting on social media.

I know not using the internet seems entirely impossible when you are studying but it isn’t hard! If you’re working from your textbook, just use your Word software and hard copies of your research to keep you from gravitating towards your Twitter profile. Get your posting and sharing out before you begin. Another alternative would be getting one of those website blocking programs and disallow your computer to allow you on those websites for a set period of time (for those of us like myself with no self-control).

Tip #4: Check items off as you complete them.

There is no better feeling than completion. Whenever you get something important done, you feel like you’ve conquered the world. That is why it is great to use your list of goals as a to-do list as well. As soon as you finish one part of it, mark it off, highlight it, put a checkmark, rip it to shreds… whatever suits your fancy! Allow yourself to feel accomplished throughout your session.

Tip #5: Reward yourself for your hard work!

Rewards are the best part of doing something we don’t necessarily like. If you need motivation, set up a reward system for each study session you plan. Whether it’s an hour of Netflix, a chocolate bar, or going to get a pedicure, make sure you allow yourself to relax and have down time whenever you are recovering from a hardcore study sesh.

What are your favorite ways to prepare for studying?
How do you successfully study for your classes?
Leave your own tips down below!

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Spring 2017 Semester Goals

spring 2017 semester goals

Back at it again with my goals! Part of me wonders if these really help but I know it makes me feel better to set goals for myself, even if I don’t always reach them all. This time, I am going to try and focus on including only my education/school related goals in these. As you know, I previously listed my 2017 personal goals as well as my 2017 blogging goals. If you haven’t read those, be sure to go check them out.

#1 Continue my all-A streak in my courses. I made all A’s again this past semester and I am very proud of myself, especially considering all I went through during that time. After making the Dean’s List yet again, what better goal could there be than to continue my streak for my last semester before student teaching!

#2 Stay involved in my sorority/organizations. Even though I have made it past my first semester in my sorority, which is known for being the busiest, I still want to make sure I go to as many events as possible. I love being involved and I want to continue to be such. I also want to keep being involved in the organizations I am a part of.

#3 Finish all my paperwork/meetings for study abroad. Although I’ve shared this with you guys, I am going to Ireland this coming up May. I have never left the country so I am beyond excited for this experience. I got the email that I was expected with conditions (obviously pending more paperwork, payment, etc.) so I am moving forward with the process.

#4 Get everything finished for student teaching. After this semester, I will be student teaching. I am sooo close to graduating, it’s unreal. I’m beyond excited for what my future career will hold and I cannot believe that I am this much closer to working in a school and having my own classroom.

#5 Invest in the perfect planner for student teaching. Planners are what keep my life in the most organized condition it can be. Being that student teaching will be such a time consuming and new journey, I need to get the perfect planner for this process. I am planning on getting the Erin Condren planner but I am still looking into my options. Any suggestions?

That is all for my goals for this semester. I can’t believe that it this time of the year again already. I know it happens twice for me but I get equally excited every time (until all of those assignments start rolling in). I can’t wait to see how I do with this goals.

Share your goals for this upcoming semester with me!

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