In a few weeks, you’ll be facing your first tests of the new school year. For most students studying is a must. But how do you study? Everyone has a different study style—what works for you may be absolutely maddening for your best friend. Find your study style and tips on how to make the most of your study time!
Find Your Study Styles
The Solo Studier:
You need almost total silence, and a calm, organized place to study. You go “old school” and like to have all your materials at your fingertips. You probably study in your bedroom with the door closed, siblings removed, and all distractions turned off.
Tip: Consider reserving a quiet, private room at your local library. A free, great place to study for you solo types.
You’re not distracted by music or TV while studying—instead, it energizes you and fuels your ability to take in information. You love being able to take small, frequent breaks to clear your head and re-focus. In the family room with the TV on, or in the library with headphones and a laptop, you can always find a great place to “hit the books.”
Tip: This style works for some people, but be sure to monitor yourself and make sure all that background noise is really helping you learn, and not just helping you procrastinate! Luckily you can study just about anywhere, but try to avoid people, since conversations can be distracting.
You’re one of those people who need other people around. Lucky you! You learn best when you get to discuss the material with other students—hearing something out loud and exploring different perspectives is the best way to get it into your brain.
Tip: If you don’t already have a group, try these tips to form a study group. If you need help, your teacher or librarian may help you organize one. Make sure you have a clear plan of what you’re going to study, and bring a healthy snack to share!
A test next Tuesday? No problem! You reserve Monday night to study. It may seem like the closer to test-day you review the material, the more likely you’ll remember it, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Most experts agree that cramming for a test is a bad study technique. Not only will you miss out on valuable sleep time, but the information doesn’t work its way into your brain.
Tip: Instead of cramming, try re-reading your notes each day after class. That small time investment every day will be better for your test scores then an all-night study session. Have tips for any of these study types? Share them with us!