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How to Focus While Studying

Midterm and final season comes with a lot of studying. Studying is a process and it is different for everyone. You are not taught how to study but it is a very important lesson to learn. Here are some tips on how to stay focused while studying:

Find a suitable environment

Finding the perfect place to study is the most important aspect of a very good study session. Find a place that is neat and tidy that you actually enjoy being in. Make it somewhere where you don’t associate with sleeping or having fun, this can make your brain think you’re ready for a good nap or you’re ready to party! The environment is the most important in putting you in a good frame of mind to get some work done.

Study sessions should be spaced apart

It’s far easier to stay focused for 30 minutes than it is for an eight-hour cram session. It is better for your mind to break down your studying into manageable chunks. Try the Pomodoro method, where you study for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break. During the break, make sure you get up out of your studying spot to refresh your brain.

Apply what you’re learning to funny situations

Try to apply what you're learning to your life or a movie/tv show. This can help you to see the concept in a different way that is relatable to you. For example, if you’re learning that salt is made of sodium and chloride, try: “to be salty, you need two bad friends: sodium and chloride”. This way it makes boring concepts easier and more fun to work with.

Schedule downtime

Reward your hard work with some much needed break time to avoid burnout and stress. Get some good sleep and schedule time to have time to hang out with friends and family, or read a good book, or watch a movie. These breaks can help you to stay focused and enjoy the time you study because you know you can relax afterwards.

Studying can be so much fun, if you don’t overwhelm yourself. Hopefully, these tips can help you get there much faster!

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