My Study Hacks | LIFESTYLE


Studying is a hella weird thing. Everyone has to do it during university/college but no one actually talks about what they are actually doing when they're studying. Studying is almost like this deeply personal thing that people don't feel the need to talk about. Well good thing for you, I love talking about things that people don't like to talk about. Please see my blog posts  "So I Just Got The Implanon' or 'OPEN' for proof of this.

I'm absolutely hopeless at studying and I always have been. But I'm at the point now that I understand that I'm hopeless and now I work around that. For example, I know I work well under pressure but I also know I can't get anything done well in a 'few hours before it's due' so if I know I have an essay or assignment due, I'll allow myself triple the time needed to get it done. Because quite honestly I get distracted while I study and something that should take a few hours will take me a lot longer than that. For example, I'm supposed to be writing an essay right now but I got the idea to write this blog so now I'm doing this instead and will return to my essay later. I told you I'm hopeless.

I've learnt a few things over the years that for me, help so much! Here is what they are-

1. EYE STRAIN QUICK FIX

Changing your Word document to have a light blue background reduces eye strain! This trick is amazing and I've been using it since Year 11 to help to focus on the screen for longer! To change your background colour in Word is different depending on the version of Word you're using. I use Word 2008 (I should update I know), so to change the background colour you need to click the top tab called FORMAT -> BACKGROUND -> then a little colour box will pop up and just choose the light blue colour.

STEP 1

STEP 2

2. AUDIO RECORDINGS

Okay, so there are a few ways you can do this. You can either record yourself speaking about the content you need to remember. Or you can go to youtube and find videos that are talking about your content area, then turn this video into an mp3 file by using a 'youtube to mp3' website. Then all you have to do is play this recording on repeat, either through headphones or through speakers and listen. This was something I did in high school a lot when studying for case studies for visual art. I found if you listen to something while you're doing something else, like cooking, or painting your nails or just chilling out that after away you actually absorb what the recording is saying.

Many youtube to mp3 options!


3. CRAM APP

There is this amazing app called CRAM and it's basically an app where you can create digital flashcards. Great if you have terrible handwriting like me or are a pro at forgetting or losing falsh cards (also me)! It also has some new features to support different study types such as learning through games. You can download it here. It helps.

CRAM APP - photo sourced from itunes app store


4. MAKE A LIST OF ALL YOUR ASSIGNMENTS & DUE DATES

By doing this, you can prioritise when you start assignments and figure out what order to do things in. This helps me a lot during the semester when things get very overwhelming. 

List your Due Dates

5. EAT

I don't actually know if this proven to work or not but studying is a hella lot better when snacks are involved. My favourite study snacks are blueberries, carrots with hummus, liquorice allsorts, almonds, dark chocolate and my favourite snack of all time are the Wallaby Chocolate Bites in Orange Almond & Coconut. And they're always on sale at woolies. Win Win.




6. FIGURE OUT WHERE YOU STUDY BEST

I never get any work done when I'm at home and only study at home if it's urgent. But when I'm at uni I get a lot more done and get in the zone easier. Figuring out your best place to learn is key to getting stuff done. This also applies to knowing what time of the day is the best for you to study. My brain honestly turns off after 6pm, like #bye. But anytime before that, I'm a lot more switched on.

Study Zone


Everyone learns in very different ways so obviously not everything in this blog will work for you. But hopefully at least one thing will and will really help you out. You can also check out this blog 'Asking My Friends How They Study' for more tips!


Until next time,
Chels x

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