What You Need Before Your Next Big Study Session

Has anyone found that sometimes it seems as though people spend more time letting others know that they have to study rather than actually studying? I admit I’ve been that person once or twice.

The task of studying for a midterm can just seem so daunting and overwhelming that it makes more sense to Snapchat the papers strewn about rather that actually go through them. Today I’m going to walk you through my favorite ways to help make it a bit easier to buckle down and get some work done. 

Find Your Space

For me, there is no way that I can study in my apartment. The Fall candles, my bed, and access to the fridge makes it too easy to be distracted. I’m just not in a studying mindset anytime I step foot in my apartment, which is awesome when I don’t have things to do but not so much when it’s time to study. What I found works for me is heading to the library. When I’m around other people who are studying or working hard, it motivates me to do the same. Find a space that works for you, whatever that may look like.

Grab Your Snacks

Always grab a water to bring with you especially as the days get colder because the dry air could make you even more thirsty. The last thing you want is to have to take another fifteen minute break so you can run to the nearest vending machine. Chances are that those snacks and drinks aren’t the healthiest either. Make sure you stock up on easy to munch on goodies that won’t cause you to be too jittery or sleepy. If a coffee keeps you energized but a RedBull makes you feel as though you need to go for a run, stick with what you know. Understand what snacks and drinks work for you and only bring what you know is a smart choice.

Leave Your Friends

Yes they may be your biggest supporters, but they might also be a serious distraction when it’s time to cram. For me, I like working with friends if we have the same class and I need someone to talk over the information with for clarity. It also is nice to be accompanied when I’m just working on homework. But, when it comes to the night before an exam and all I really need is to master 82 flashcards, it’s better to find some space by myself.

Dress for Success

I’m not saying that you should be wearing a button down shirt to your late night library stake out. I’m not even saying you have to wear jeans! But in my experience, wearing pjs or a sweatshirt and sweatpants tells my body that it’s time to relax and get tired for bed. That’s exactly the opposite of what I want when I have things to do. The happy medium for me is my favorite pair of joggers with a t-shirt and jean jacket. Perfect cross between comfortable and put-together.

Forget the Phone

This is a no brainer. How are you suppose to study when every notification under the sun is demanding your attention? Put the phone on airplane mode or Do Not Disturb and throw it in your backpack (or for the masters, leave it at home!). One time during finals week I told my friends and family that I would only be accessible through email if they really needed to contact me. I got some serious studying in that day!

These are just the tips that I found work best for me. If you have any suggestions for what works best for you, let me know in the comments!

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