16 August 2018
Life Hacks Student Life
No matter the course one thing is for certain, studying for tests will be a key part of passing the class.
While there are classes that you excel at and find studying for easy and intriguing, others…well not so much.
Some find equations and math-related studying hard to retain, others find difficulty memorizing dates and facts in history or art, and there are those who hate anything that has to do with writing.
And when you have one of those classes that where the subject matter is boring or dense, studying can be at the very least, unmotivating.
Typically, people avoid studying by:
Dropping a Class
Getting Abridged Notes and Guides
These “solutions” don’t help you get ahead in your academic career and can lead to graduating late, not having the credits you need, or even dropping out of school entirely.
But studying doesn’t have to lead to stress, procrastination, or anxiety. There are many ways to pump energy and fun into studying.
Lucky for you we have created a handy guide to this common issue with The Best Ways To Make Studying Fun!
The Fun Studying-On-Your-Own Ways
When you have a lot of work that needs to be done and it’s just you and your books, it might seem like there is no way to make studying fun. The dullness of the material is enough to put you to sleep, but, if you want to get a good grade on the test, you have to come up with a way to get (and stay) in the mood to study.
Get Cool Stationary
This may sound like a strange way to start the list but trust us, we know what we’re doing.
Most would agree that for the best results in anything, you need the right materials and tools for the job. Studying is no different. Using supplies that make studying visually attractive is a great way to make it fun!
With the number of options in real world and online stationery stores these days, you will have no problem finding a fun to use and cool looking set of stuff to study with.
Colorful Post It Notes
Hi-Tech Rulers and Calculators
White Out Mice
Note Cards Shaped Like the Subject
It doesn’t matter what you are studying, having fun stationary to work with can make all the difference between a boring study session and a fun one!
Break It Up With Another Task
If you know that studying is going to take a while and the idea of spending the day studying instead of handling your other tasks is unappealing, then why not do both?
Choose a simple manual task that allows you to break up your studying so that you can accomplish more and give yourself time to process and retain the information.
Simple tasks that make studying more fun can include:
Doing Your Laundry
Cleaning Your House
Organizing Your Collections
Cooking a Complicated Meal
These things are all tasks that require you to go back and forth between them and studying. The sense of accomplishment you get from getting things done and studying at the same time can be a great way to make studying fun!
Surround Yourself With Everything You Need
Most people try to remove all distractions when they want to study. No music, no phone, no people, no fun. Period. Though this can be an effective way to focus on the task at hand, it lends itself in no way to making studying fun.
Consider for a moment that studying is a lot like binge-watching a tv show. You are absorbing information for long periods of time without being able to tear yourself away, mostly for fear of not getting all the information you need.
In the same way you would prepare for hours of binge watching, we say surround yourself with all of the food, entertainment, and other necessities you need:
At the very least, these things will give you a nice distraction from your studying for a few moments. Allowing yourself to have what you want around you is a great way to make studying fun!
Make It Funky
If the traditional way of sitting down in a quiet space like a library or home office is not conducive to your desire to study, then make your own rules! Try these tips for making studying fun and funky:
Change your location – Coffee Shop, Bar, Pillow Fort, Somewhere in nature
Turn it into a song – Retain information through mnemonic devices that make it fun and easy to remember
Costumes! – If no one is around why not dress up as your subject of study? Or try out the accent of whoever invented the theories that you are studying
The Fun Studying-With-Other-People Ways
Sometimes studying with other people is the best way to verbally absorb, exchange, and clarify information. With others around you can bounce ideas around, break up the work, and, if your study group is nice, have some good people to talk to in between the cramming session. In these situations, creating ways to make studying fun is an easy task that just requires a group effort!
Make It a Game
You are not the only one that thinks studying can be boring.
Chances are your whole study group feels the same about the material. So why not make it fun for all of you? Get together and turn the material into something that lets you move around, shout, yell, and score points!
Drinking Games (This one might not help you remember the material the next day, but it sure does make studying fun)
Word Search Games
These games make it fun to study in ways that traditional methods are lacking. There are a ton of already well-established study games online that make studying easy and fun!
Turn It Into an Event
If you are going to get together with a group of people to study then why not make an event out of it? Instead of meeting at the library or workroom to study, try:
Changing locations to different venues
Take turns hosting at different houses
Make every study session a potluck
Plan an activity to do after studying to give you something to look forward to
Start the study session with an activity
While the subject matter may be boring, turning it into a creatively engaging and entertaining event is a great way to make studying fun!
You might not have control over WHAT you study, but with the tips in this article, you can control HOW you study.
Taking the advice above will allow you to improve the enjoyment and pleasure you get out of studying in ways you have never dreamed of.
Don’t let boring subject matter detour you on your road to educational success!
Crack open those books and make studying fun again!
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