Studying, quite frankly, is a pain for most of us. We spend hours and hours on reviewing our notes and textbooks hoping to score well on our exams. But, it doesn't have to be all that bad. Here are 10 tips that will improve your study habits in time for your next big test–especially if you're a visual learner.
10 Use Different Colored Pens And Highlighters
Staring at a huge wall of blue or black ink can feel a little overwhelming when you're studying–almost like there's way too much information to process. When you write your notes, try to color code them in a variety of different colored pens and highlighters. For example, if you have particular dates to remember, write them or highlight them in blue. If you have specific people to remember, write or highlight the names in orange. Simple enough, right? This will break your notes down into smaller sections and make key details easier to remember.
9 Write Out A Schedule And Put It Where You Can See It
You know how they used to give you agendas in elementary and middle school? A lot of the times they would go pretty much unused. Even when we wrote in them once or twice, we'd end up shoving them into the bottom of our bags, never to see the light of day again.
Writing a schedule is a great start to getting your studying habits on the right track. But, you have to actually place that schedule you wrote out somewhere where you can't ignore it. Otherwise, it's just another piece of paper! Set a time each week to write out a study schedule for that week and put it right in the center of your desk (or wherever else you study). Set a reminder on your phone to write your schedule, if you have to! If you study at school and use your laptop a lot, set your schedule as your wallpaper–pretty hard to ignore that!
8 Use Stationery You Like
If you're tired of regular lined paper and cheap ballpoint pens, why not invest in some that you actually enjoy looking at and using? Finding cool or cute stationery doesn't have to break the bank– shopping online can often score you some pretty good deals. You could even use different kinds of stationery for different subjects so all of your notes are visually distinct! Plus, when you've already invested some money in stationery, you're more likely to use that stationery in order not to feel like you've wasted that cash.
7 Find A Dedicated Place For Studying
It can be tempting to study in bed or in your room where it's comfortable. But in reality, that's a little confusing for your body. Your bed is where you're supposed to sleep. If you try to study there, chances are you're going to drift off in the middle of your study sessions. Or worse, it might interfere with you getting a good night's rest when the time comes for it. If you're a visual learner, try finding somewhere isolated so there won't be any distractions when you study. Somewhere like a basement or on the quiet floor of a library works well. Eventually, your mind will associate this area with studying and it'll be a lot easier to focus.
6 Keep Some Water On Hand
This sounds like an obvious one, but you'd be surprised as to how many people are dehydrated right now. Your brain's not going to be remembering much of anything if you're not well hydrated. You should be drinking around 1.2 liters of water every day. Get yourself a reusable water so you won't have to worry about spending money on plastic ones.
5 Draw Pictures Or Diagrams To Supplement Your Notes
Writing out your notes dozens of times isn't the only way that you can study! Drawing out pictures or diagrams that are related to what you're studying can make a larger and more memorable impact on your mind than words alone, especially if you're partial to learning through visuals. Diagrams force you to summarize and will ultimately save you time while basically having gotten the same amount of studying done as if you had written out your notes all over. Using different colored pens and highlighters, as we mentioned earlier, will make these diagrams even easier to process.
4 Watch Videos On Your Study Topic
Are your hands tired from making so many diagrams and writing so many notes? Are diagrams just not doing it for you? Either way, give your hands a rest by watching some videos on what you're studying instead. Many textbooks come with additional video resources on the publisher's site. Additionally, there are YouTube channels dedicated to helping you study particular topics that can be extremely useful.
3 Make Flash Cards
There's more downtime than you may think in a day. For example, when you're riding on public transit to and from school. You might as well use that time to study, right? Shuffling around your regular full sized notes might be cumbersome on the go, so flash cards are a great solution to that. Better yet, they also force you to summarize and are perfect for small diagrams. Pro tip: keep all of your flashcards together with a binder ring.
2 Use Images To Supplement/Replace Definitions
When you have a long list of definitions to go through, it can feel like you're reading a dictionary. So instead, draw or search up pictures that help you remember the definitions. If you're a visual learner, not only does this make studying easier, it also helps move you away from simply memorizing the words of a definition and more towards understanding the concept.
1 Sit Near The Front Of The Classroom
If diagrams and visuals are important to you, then sitting near the front of the room is a must. You'll not only get a more clear view of the diagrams or images your teacher uses during their lecture and they'll stick in your memory better, but you'll also be able to avoid the distractions behind you. Moreover, you're likely to make fewer mistakes when copying your notes down. No more squinting at the tiny handwriting on a whiteboard that's far away!