Studying – 4 techniques to study better

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Most college students I know – myself included – often find it difficult to focus on studying, even though they typically have a lot of work to do.

It’s difficult to stay focused when you’re under a lot of pressure, but here I’ve done my best to come up with a list of techniques that will help you study better without being too tiring to the point that you’ll overwork yourself:

The Pomodoro technique
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The Pomodoro technique is one of the best known studying techniques out there, and for good reason. It’s simple, straightforward and easy to employ. When using this method, you’re supposed to study for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. After repeating 4 pomodoros, you should take a longer break.

This is a perfect technique for people who have a hard time staying focused for long periods of time as well as for people who don’t take enough breaks and end up becoming tired very fast. The Pomodoro technique combines breaks with study sessions in order to create the optimal amount of work for your brain to focus on.

The Study Bunny app

The Study Bunny app isn’t a very well-known studying method, but I swear by it. Although at first glance I thought it was nothing more than a silly app I’ll end up deleting within a few days, I’ve had it for about a month now, and I can definitely say that’s not the case at all.

In the Study Bunny app, you have your own virtual pet rabbit that you need to take care of by studying. When you study, you obtain coins in the app, which you can use to buy things for your rabbit, and this makes the app reminiscent of the mobile phone games we used to play as children in a really fun way.

Another thing that I love about the Study Bunny app is that it tracks your progress by subject for every day of the month, and the color-coordinated chart that show how much I’ve studied really helps me maintain focus and appreciate my achievements.

Listening to white noise

You’ve probably heard of this tip time and again by now, but listening to white noise can really help improve your focus. I know this largely depends on the person and what they enjoy, but if you haven’t tried studying while listening to white noise in the background then I definitely suggest giving it a try.
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There are tons of white noise videos you can find on YouTube as well, but I particularly enjoy using this site when I want to study with white noise in the background, since it allows you to customize the level and types of noise that you want to listen to. It also has a paid version that comes with more options, but I find the free version to be pretty versatile as well.

Finding the best time of the day for studying

This is something that I didn’t think was very important until I actually did it, but finding the right time of the day to study can really improve your life.
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I used to try to study in the early afternoon or mornings most of the time, and I had a hard time staying focused. When I began studying at night I realized that I can actually focus on my work much better this way, and I think it’s because I need complete silence (save for the white noise I sometimes use) around me.

I know there are people who can study better at night rather than during the day and vice versa, but if you notice that you’re having a hard time focusing on your work and nothing seems to improve that, then I suggest trying to study during a different time of the day, and it might end up considerably improving your experience – and your grades.


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