We hear, read and watch a lot of people giving out practically the same study tips over and over again and it really gets disappointing! One time I looked for study tips on youtube and I ended up complaining, saying things like “Seriously? Why bother making an eight minute long video when you are just going to share the obvious, long-been-practiced study tips? Give me a break!”. We all know it will help to use flashcards and highlighters, duh?
Anyways, I’m really on the look out for personal study methods because it’s great to have something new to try out. If your current study style is not working and you hear someone share how she studies, it kind of gives you a little hope that maybe that method would actually work out for you as well!
So I finally decided to share my very own study methods with some other tips to help you guys out! I’m also hoping that more people would do the same since I also would want to find out more ways to improve my studying style too.
Study Method # 1: Keep two tracker notebooks!
I use this notebook to list all the major topics per subject. I make columns like topics then the name of books/reviewers/test banks that I have then put check marks on those topics that I studied under the column of the book/reviewer/test bank that I used.
It helps me keep track of all the hard-earned resources that I have and definitely lessens the chance of “Oh my goodness! I forgot I had that in my flashdrive! I could have answered that question if only I studied that test bank too!”
I usually bring this every time I study. I’m not sure with you guys but I usually waste precious time while I’m studying by counting how many more pages I need to read/ numbers to answer! It’s such a bad habit. This notebook helped me a lot since I practically can see how much more I need to do (like hello? I can see clearly I’m still at #10 out of 100!).
It also allows me to save time when I’m going back to that test bank/reviewer the second time because I can skip the numbers I found easy and just go directly with those that I marked with a star, a question mark or that I encircled!
Study method # 2: Have weekly and daily printable planners!
I don’t have a “fixed” study planner because I have the most erratic study schedule. The good thing about printable planners is that you can print like fifty copies in case your mind changes fifty times too. *just kidding*
I usually put the major topics that I need to study per day in here so I could already picture out how my week would flow. It also helps a lot on you not wasting a day or forgetting other things you need to study for within the week!
This is my jam. I like torturing myself by booking all of my 24 hours each day to make sure I’m extremely productive. Of course you have the liberty of scraping out 5 minutes every 30 minutes for break or whatever that suits you best.
I love daily (or hourly planners as I want to call it) because I don’t waste my time debating on what to do next after I finish a task. Plus, I don’t go to extremes of either studying or sleeping in way too much!
As for the other tips above, they are very self-explanatory. Have a watch nearby to be able to track what time it is already. Keep your books nearby so you won’t have to go up and down or around the house to get them. Stock up on colorful post-its, pens and highlighters because you will never have way too much of them! Hahaha
Lastly, have some jellybeans! Or chocolates or whatever! I guess you know why. :) *wink*
Anywho, that’s about it! Happy studying! <3 If this helped you in some way, send me in some love messages! If you want to ask for more tips, let me know too! I already got some more ideas brewing up in my head. Ciao!