Student Studying Help & Tips

11 Study tips to increase learning and improve grades


1. Try a new font

People retain more information when studying using a type font that is unfamiliar and difficult to read.

2. Find good study music

Music with a strong beat and no lyrics can stimulate brain waves, which improves concentration even after you've stopped listening.

3. Reduce distractions

Focus on one thing at a time, and try not to work in environments that have other stimulants pulling at your attention, such as television or other people talking.

4. Use the Pomodoro technique

Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on one thing as hard as you can, with no distractions. Then, take a break.

5. Stay alert

Apples are more powerful than caffeine at helping you stay awake.

6. Workout the body and mind

Exercising before studying and taking exams gets blood flowing to your brain, helping you focus and absorb more information.

7. Read in bed

Review the hardest material right before bedtime. Going to sleep right away consolidates information in your memory.

8. Find the right highlights

Avoid highlighting too much, focus just on key points. When you highlight everything, it's like highlighting nothing.

9. Break it up

Instead of doing all of your studying in one long session distribute study time over several shorter sessions to increase retention.

10. Make it visual

Find new and creative ways to use the information covered in class. Making charts, diagrams, and graphs helps you to visualize information and retain it better as does drawing or sketching out information or ideas.

11. Sign out and focus in

The Internet is the worst distraction students face today. Set boundaries and limit your time on Facebook and email. Disable or sign out of messaging and focus only on studying for a set period of time.

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