Typically, I study the same way everytime a test comes up. I look through my notes, maybe make a Quizlet or two, go through some flash cards, reread the information again, and so on. Doesn’t studying the same old way get boring after awhile? For me it certainly does. You don’t HAVE to study the same way all the time, especially for every single test. In fact, studying differently, every time is bound to improve your test scores at some point. I’ve gathered some of the most fun studying techniques here for you to make studying a blast!
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Coloring Book Study
I’m very much a visual learner and I know a lot of girls in my sorority are too. Several girls in my sorority were taking anatomy, and that’s when I saw several of them purchasing anatomy coloring books. I think they’re a great way to memorize the parts of the body. If you aren’t taking anatomy, there are tons of subjects you can get coloring books to learn the material. You hardly even know you’re studying once you get into it!
Here are some other fun coloring books:
If you’re someone who listens to music a lot or likes to write music, lyrics, or poetry, try writing a song to memorize a subject. I tend to memorize a subject better if I come up with a rhyme, or put music to it. You remember that certain tone, and the message you’re trying to remember sticks with you.
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Read Your Textbook In Theatrical Voices
Reading textbooks can get very boring after a while, especially if it’s a subject you hate (media law, I’m talking to you.) Eventually, I start reading my textbook readings in fun or quirky voices. Whether I speak in a different accent or try to recreate my favorite TV show character’s voice, it makes reading just a little more interesting!
Make A Study Play-List
Studying is always more fun whenever you have some great tunes to listen too! Before you study, make a fun playlist of your favorite songs and que up your playlist. I recommend not choosing songs with a ton of lyrics because it can get really distracting. Instrumental playlists are certainly the way to go!
Need to plan out a piece of writing or organize a plot for a book? Drawing storyboards is a great way to organize your thoughts! If you’re in an English class or you have to write a paper, storyboards will work perfectly for you. It’s a visual way of seeing all of your notes sprawled out on a whiteboard or poster. Using note cards, pictures, or pens, just organize your ideas however you’d like. This can be done like mind-mapping, linking ideas together, or just drawing whatever you’d like! Spiral notebooks can be confining in certain subjects, so this is a great technique if you need a bit more space!
Make Your Notes Pretty
I write in black pen most of the time. Why? Because it’s easy and I can see it! It does make re-reading my notes a bit boring though. Make note-taking more fun by adding a little color or some doodles to your notes! You can use different pens, stickers, or even some fun colored paper. Just make sure everything is legible!
Make It A Game
Memorizing material can get dull looking through flash card after flash card. Try memorizing your material by playing some games like:
My professors love to play jeopardy games in my classroom, or other types of trivia games. If you’re in a study group, trying quizzing each other over a game of Jeopardy! Whoever wins the most points gets a reward!
Need to memorize definitions? Use flashcards and make a memory matching game! Write two of the same definition on some paper, flip them upside down so you can see the definitions, and try to find the matching pairs! Although it won’t seem like you’re studying, you’re seeing the definition over and over again every time you flip a card up. You’ll be learning the material without even knowing it!
Around The World
I remember playing Around The World in elementary school. You know, the game where you have to go against every student in the class and answer every question right! You could do this in a big study group, or suggest it to a professor to play! My professors are always trying to find fun ways to help us review for a test so why not suggest some ideas!
Involve Social Media
This is probably my favorite technique in this whole post! Social media is upcoming these days and millions of people use it and love it! So why not use it to be interactive with studying? Girls in my sorority made an anatomy study group twitter account where they posted updates on their studying, while using it to ask questions, give fun studying polls to the group members. Although it wasn’t all used for studying, it was a way to make studying for that subject fun by coming up with tweet ideas and posting funny pictures.
So you’ve finished studying for your test, now it’s time to review with a scavenger hunt! A fun game you can do is print off slips of paper containing the term and definition on separate sheets. Once you’ve gathered a bunch of terms and definitions, scatter one or the other around the room so they’re hard to find. When you read a definition, scavenge the room for the answer!
What are some creative ways you study? Leave a comment below!