Studying can really be tiring and boring especially when you’re alone and the list of things to cover is too long. Whether you like it or not though, you have to study or face the consequences of failing your tests.
Here are some tips that you might find useful in fighting tiredness and boredom when studying.
- Take a nap! – Duh! When you get too tired from studying, relax and have a short nap to help revive yourself. This will help you feel energized and relaxed. When your brain is relaxed, you absorb more information. It’s important to keep the nap time short, 20 to 40 minutes only to maximize its effects.
- Drink caffeine – You can have a cup of tea, a cup of coffee, or even a glass of soda. Well don’t mainline it as it has reverse effect.
- Lower down the heat – You don’t need an igloo, but if the temperature is too warm, you can get very uncomfortable. Turn on air corn or level up your fan.
- Move around – You can repel away your boredom by jumping up and down, walking around your room, and shaking your legs and arms. Even mild physical activities can help give you a lift.
- Separate the wheat from the chaff – This is the Inverted Pyramid Theory. Collect all your study materials such as books, notebooks, textbooks, etc. and check with your exam coverage. Think hard will be most likely to be tested, throw away the unimportant study material. The reduction of your pile of books is a psychological aid. Put a tick beside the points if you think you’re done with the material and already know it for the test. Slowly repeat the steps until you have reduced your material to the minimum for review when the test comes.
- Use flash cards – This may seem elementary but don’t underestimate its power. Write one keyword/question you want to remember and on the back of the card write its definition/answer and then test yourself repeatedly. If you can find a group to do this that’s even better.
- Group study – Fighting tiredness is easy if you have someone to study with. Organize the study group at least a few days before the test. Assign responsibility to each member. This is a good way to discuss problems and key points. You can question each other and practice for the test. Keep the members to 4 to 6 only to ensure that everybody gets the chance to participate
- Check old exam materials – You can use them as review materials as well. Although the same questions will not appear again, you may be able to have an idea of how your test is going to be.
- Create a list – Make a “To Study” list for every subject. Include specific books to read, notes to check and specific ideas, topics, concepts and principles to review. Check each item off as you are done studying them. This will keep your studying logically organized and give you ongoing “jolts” as you accomplish each item.
If you have some cool ways of your own, please share them in your comments!