Ugh. Another post about study hacks.
We get it. You’ve heard all the hacks before. You’ve tried them all before. None of them work. Study hacks are silly; you should put your head down and do the work.
You’ve got so many other things on your plate. Kids, errands, chores, the list could go on. You don’t have time for the change in routine that trying study hacks would take.
Here’s the secret, though: study hacks are about efficiency. If you’re already taking time out of your day, why not try to use these unconventional study hacks?
Who knows? Maybe you’ll even remember some of the material.
Online college can be an excellent option for many students.
It also comes with its own set of challenges. Staying focused and motivated is one of the biggest challenges you will face. You’ll also be spending a lot of time studying.
What does studying do? It takes up your time. Time better spent elsewhere. When you’re learning from home and have a myriad of distractions around you, time is essential.
Remember that your time is valuable. Time is the ultimate gift you have to give and use where you want.
Speaking of time, let’s not waste any more on this introduction. Let’s rip off the band-aid and get to these unconventional study hacks, shall we?
The trick is to find some way to make your temperature go down. If it’s warm outside, blast the air conditioning. If it’s cold outside, turn on a fan. Careful not to make yourself too cold; you want to be on the edge of uncomfortable. The cold might help you stay awake and focused on the task.
If you’re the type of person that hates being cold, there’s a hidden silver lining. In a 2016 study, researchers found cold weather can boost your brain power. Keep that information in your brain by making yourself a little uncomfortable.
We’ve spoken plenty about the importance of taking breaks. They’re important. Everyone knows that. Think of going down a YouTube hole as a break. A learning break. A parallel way to learn. Watch videos on YouTube that are not about your topic but related to it somehow. We learn by making associations. Making new connections to something you’re studying will help you learn.
Expand your learning on related topics, and you will have a higher chance of recalling information. By creating meaningful connections you’ll be able to remember information faster.
Teach yourself the topic. Cement the knowledge into your brain by recording yourself. The repetition of listening to the recording will help with memorization.
The effects of repetition and its effects on the brain are covered in a 2018 study. When you learn through repetition, you keep information over a longer period.
If you’re an auditory learner, recording your voice will boost your chances of recalling information.
Try switching up your study locations. Changing locations will help create more memory prompts and associations. Try to make a series of memory cues related to different items, smells, or areas. This trick will increase your recall ability. Try studying various topics in other areas and see what happens!
According to this article, the brain makes many connections within the environment. A general warning about studying, don’t cram your brain full of information all at once. Learning over time is better for long-term recollection.
Schedule your everyday chores on certain days and at certain times. You’ll find yourself with more time for things like studying. Or find yourself with more time for other things like family. If you struggle with time management, this might be a way to help yourself out.
This article pertains to Virtual Assistants, but the tips are valuable! Check out this article on time management tips to get things done.
Once you finish a chapter or a section of your studies, it’s essential to summarize what you’ve learned.
Put aside the books, get a fresh piece of paper, and jot down everything you can remember about what you learned. Make yourself a quick quiz on it, test yourself, and you’ll have it memorized in no time!
Practice doesn’t make perfect because there is always something new to learn. Practice does mean repetition. Remember to create quizzes and that testing yourself will put you a big step ahead of the game.
Continue to find innovative ways to study and recall information. No matter how you choose to study, consistency is vital. Using study hacks is a helpful efficiency tool. If you can find a good balance by using study hacks that work for you, you’ll be much more efficient with your studying.
Online college is as hard as traditional in-person learning. With these unconventional study hacks, you can achieve success. Try these six different study hacks and see how they work for you.
Remember, the study hacks in this article can help you in your online learning journey. What did you think about our unconventional study hacks? Start living for yourself and take our distance learning assessment. Taking a program to work from home has never been more comfortable. Follow CanScribe on Facebook, Linkedin, or Instagram for up-to-date news and updates.
Good luck with your studies!