MusicI can't focus in absolute silence. I can get distracted to easily by everything going on in my brain. Of course, I can't listen to my favorite songs or watch TV to fill the silence. What I've found works best is quiet, instrumental music. It gives you a little background music, but it doesn't distract you from what you need to focus on - studying. I really like listening to some of the Focus playlists on Spotify like Deep Focus or Peaceful Piano.
Scratch PaperI've learned that writing and rewriting my notes helps me to study. I rewrite my notes with doodles and graphs to help explain concepts and condense them down. This really helps as I'm reviewing the information as I rewrite it and create illustrations to go with it, plus I have a shorter, condensed version to look over before the exam. Still, I feel bad "wasting" a ton of paper. That's why I save paper from printing mishaps to write my notes on.
Colored PensAs you may be able to tell from the photos I use on the blog, I love color. It only makes sense that I want my notes to be colorful, too! I use colored pens for headlines, underlining, grouping concepts, and for illustrations in my notes (I'm telling you I love graphs and doodles in my notes). I also use them to color code my classes. This way I can tell what class an assignment is for just by what color I used.
Sticky NotesSticky notes are a must-have for life in general, but even more-so for studying! I have a little collection of sticky notes and page-flags I use for bookmarks, textbook notes, to-do lists, and questions to ask professors. These are such a life saver!
SpaceAnother thing I need to have when studying is lots of space. I like to spread out while I work as I have textbooks, notes, notebooks, and pens I'm using for each study session. It's a lot of stuff! When I'm looking for a place to study, I need to make sure I'll have all the room I need. This is why I like working in the living room (with the TV off!) or at a large table at the library. I have plenty of space at either of these places, which helps me to have all the resources I need at my fingertips!
These are my study essentials. Through trial and error I've found what I need to have for a good study session, and I think everyone has to figure out what works for them. Hopefully, this list gave you some ideas for your next big review!
What are your study essentials? Do you use these things when you study?
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