The Best Ways To Study Without Becoming A Stressy Mess

 

 

Keep Distractions At Bay

Put your phone on silent and throw it across the room as you yell “Goodbye social media! I finally don’t care what any of you are doing!” (you can throw it towards the bed or a pillow, but really phones are life-sucks, just let it break and become a new you. It feels good man, trust us.) Also make sure to ignore your friends requests to go “do something” because “bored.” FOMO is not a real thing, your friends are bored because they’re boring or they’ll just be drunk or both orwill inevitably be doing the exact same thing again 25 more times at the bar on any other given night. In short, you’re not missing out on anything other than a hangover the next day and added stress because you’re not studying enough.

Create a study schedule.

If you think about all of the work you have to do over the next couple of weeks, it can be easy to want to dry up and shrivel away. But don’t do that! Instead, create a schedule that enables you to focus on one thing at a time. Wow what a concept. Aren’t you glad we’re here to offer such novel ideas?

Find a study buddy.

Locking yourself away in your apartment for two weeks is enough to make anyone crazy. Don’t be crazy, you have plenty of time in your life to let that happen to you naturally (brains are really scary.)  Instead of signing up for solitary confinement, plan to meet a friend somewhere cliche’ like a coffee shop or the library for a big study session. Just make sure the friend who you choose to meet is someone who’s actually focused and won’t be a big distraction.

Reward yourself.

Fine you can talk to your friends. Like they say: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Right? Exam lock-down doesn’t need to come without some fun – and if you manage your time well, planning some down time with friends shouldn’t be out of the question. Taking breaks to go out with friends after you tackle a long study session will give your brain a break and allow you to recharge your batteries – so you can get back to hitting the books hard a few hours later. Just go easy. We said breaks, not Jäger shots.

Science! Says Pulling An All-Nighter Sucks

No, pulling an all-nighter to study for a big exam won’t help you – science says so. Most experts agree that staying up all night to cram for a test can do you more harm than good. So, while you probably don’t have the luxury of sleeping until noon, it’s important you get your eight hours if you want to maximize your brainpower.

Plan a fun event at the end of it all.

Throw a party, put your neon bathing suit on and head to a music festival, whatever … just give yourself something to look forward to. Dangle a bottle of IPA to chase along the way and it’ll make all of your hard work seem worth it.

Remember, when it comes to actually sitting down and studying or not sitting down and studying, you alone are usually your own worst enemy. Which is sort of messed up, but at least you have a fair shot at this. Good luck!

Meghan Schalk

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