How to Make Studying Fun and Break Through the Boredom Barrier Many students find studying to be stressful, boring, and time consuming. The truth is, studying doesn’t have to be that way. Studying is never going to be as fun as heading out to a party or staying in and netflix-ing the night away, but it also doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth. We’ve compiled a list of tips, tricks, and techniques to help make your study sessions more fun. How To Make Studying Easier, More Fun, and Less Stressful Studying in Groups Studying in groups can be a good way to break up the monotony of sitting somewhere and reading through a textbook. It’s also helpful because if you’re not sure about anything, you can ask. What’s even more important is when other people don’t understand something, you get to teach the material – and teaching something is probably the best way to make sure that you know it well. Studying in a group also allows for you to socialize while still studying. Obviously, you don’t want your study group to devolve into a group hangout, so you’ll want to try and include people that take their studies reasonably seriously. Still, a brief conversation or a bit of joking around can help keep your eyes from glazing over as you go over a textbook or a set of slides. You can also have discussions about the material and debate points – this is especially helpful in classes where things like essays are a part of the class. You can also share notes, which is also a great way to make sure that nobody’s missed anything. Things you can do to Make Studying more Interesting When you feel like studying is too much and you start getting stressed or bored (or both), you might want to try out a few of the methods listed below to break up the monotony: Use Flashcards Flashcards are a super effective way to learn stuff, and are also a good way to change things up. Flashcards make it easier to understand and memorize concepts. Design your flashcards in such a way that you will be able to remember them visually. To make it even more fun, add colorful drawings to each flashcard to explain each topic you will be covering. Drawings can be added to give you clues, so that you develop mental associations that’ll help you remember the material better. Make Study Posters Another great way to make studying easier is by making a summary of different concepts or chapters on posters. Take large sheets of paper, and map out entire chunks of a textbook on them, filling them with drawings, diagrams, graphs, and text. Be creative! What’s even better is after you’re done, you can stick these up in your room so that the material is always fresh on your mind before the exam. Watch a Book Adaptation Movie This works primarily for literature classes. When you read a book in class, try and find a movie adaptation of the book. Watching a movie will bring the book characters to life and you’ll understand it better. Remembering what the book is all about will also be much easier after watching the film. Now, keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that you should forgo the reading – watch the movie as an easy way to ‘get into’ the book, don’t use it as a replacement. Give your Notes a Facelift Spruce up your notes by color-coding them! Put headings in blue, write out questions in green, and mark answers and important details in red. Organized, color-coded, and neatly written (or typed) notes will make them more interesting to review. They also require more care and effort to write out, which will also help you learn the material better. Taking the time to spruce up your notes is a fun way to study passively and absorb information, while also ensuring that you have awesome notes to study from down the line. Improve your Workspace It’s important to feel comfortable in your place of study – the more comfortable you feel, the less you’ll find yourself fidgeting in your chair or adjusting your desk. Decorate your workspace with cool desk gear and stationary. Store your study materials in an organized way instead of just leaving them scattered on your desk. A cluttered workspace leads to a cluttered and easily distracted mind. Also, make sure you have a comfortable chair – but it shouldn’t be so comfortable that you find yourself nodding off. The more inviting, comfortable and organized your study space is, the more likely you are to study. Use White Noise or Background Music Having music on while you study isn’t always a bad idea – just make sure that the music doesn’t have lyrics. Instrumental music tends to work better and help you focus more, whereas music with lyrics will divert attention from your work. You can also use white noise if music isn’t your thing. Have Snacks and Water on Hand Have you ever been in a really good studying groove, but been forced to go and get food because your stomach is growling? If you have good, healthy snacks and a large bottle of water on hand, your productivity won’t be interrupted by hunger or thirst. It’s infinitely more difficult to start a study session than it is to continue studying when you’re already ‘in the zone’. By having snacks and a drink available on hand, you can stay productive for longer without having to get up to get food. Reading Aloud Reading out loud is another great way to have some fun with your required reading. Reading aloud (even if you’re just reading to yourself) will help ensure you do not miss or skip over any important details. Reading out loud is a great way to make sure that you’re not just skimming or missing whole chunks or important details of whatever you’re reading. Schedule Breaks Breaks are important to keep the brain fresh and focused. You should try and take short breaks every hour or so – anything beyond that and your concentration starts to break down. The best breaks are those where you go and do something unrelated to any kind of stimulation. Breaks where you fold laundry, wash dishes, or even do something like mediate are the best because these ‘brainless’ activities give your brain a chance to relax and absorb the material you just went over. How to Make Studying a Game A fantastic way to make studying fun is to turn it into a game. This will work especially well if you have a group of friends who you can compete against. Flashcard Frenzy When you are studying alone or with friends, put together a series of flashcards with the most important details of whatever you’re studying on them. Try going through all the flashcards as fast as you can, explaining the relevant content of each flashcard as quickly as possible – whoever gets through all of them first wins the game. Do this a few times and you’ll have all your flashcards covered pretty quickly. Need for Speedreading Another way to compete against your friends is to speedread through a chapter of a textbook, and then try and then write down all the information that you remember from the chapter after you’re done. You then have another friend judge who did the better job covering all the information, balance that against how long each person took to read through the chapter, and award points. This helps develop both your retention and your ability to take in a ton of information quickly. Study Pub Quiz Use a past exam, a practice exam, or previous homework questions as the questions in your pub quiz. Answering questions correctly gives you points, and the person or team with the highest points wins (it’s a quiz, you know the format). Losers need to buy drinks or dinner for the winners. This is a great way to incentivize everybody to get to know the material before the quiz. How to Make Studying a Habit Studying is very important if you want to make progress in school. Do not wait until it is exam period for you to study. Study should be a daily routine – that’s the most effective way to guarantee that you’ll do well in college. Pick a place that you are comfortable with try to only study in that place – and make sure that it’s not also a place where you spend your leisure time. Separating your working space from your leisure space is a good way to train yourself to get into a focused mindset when you’re in your work space. Make sure that the place that you study is as distraction free as possible. Don’t study continuously for too many hours at once. Instead take breaks after every hour or so to unwind. Your productivity drops anytime you work for longer than an hour at a time. Take a break and rest for about 10 minutes for every hour that you study. If you do this enough, it’ll start becoming a habit, and you’ll find getting into study mode for an hour will come more easily. Once you are done studying, make sure that you treat yourself to something fun. Rewarding yourself for the effort you put into studying is a great way to get you motivated to study more. So after every study session, take a break and watch your favorite TV show, go to the store and get your favorite drink, or do something else that puts a smile on your face. Studying isn’t the most interesting thing to do in the world, but it definitely doesn’t have to be as boring as most students think it is – be creative and mix it up a bit and you’ll find that studying actually doesn’t have to be boring.