It’s about that time of year when teachers stop feeling sorry for your post-summer sadness and start piling on the homework, tests and essays that ensure endless studying and stress. In two simple words, it sucks. So, if you’re looking to get better grades so that you can get into a kickass college (or just get your parents off your back) I’ve searched Pinterest to round up some different study tips to help you out.
Maybe you’ve heard some of these unexpected study tips before, but I bet you haven’t heard of all of them. Okay, maybe you have. I don’t know your life. But I’d be willing to bet that a lot of you haven’t tried all of these things yet. And while some of them may seem a little out there or a little too difficult, I think they’re all worth a shot. If they get you an A, it’s pretty much a win, right?
Download Cold Turkey or Self ControlIn order to do homework or write papers, you most likely need your computer. And even if you aren't using your computer, it's just sitting there, tempting you with social media sites and Buzzfeed articles and Gurl.com how-to posts (shameless self-promotion here). If you're easily distracted by what the Internet has to offer, download the apps Self Control (for Macs) and Cold Turkey (for PCs). You pick which websites you want to block and the app blocks them for the amount of time you choose. Temptation gone! Source: ShutterStock
Take A Break After Each Assignment and Reward YourselfIf you have a ton of homework or studying to do, it's actually better to take breaks in between things rather than barreling through them. It helps you focus and relax and keeps you from getting too overwhelmed. Giving yourself rewards during these breaks will also motivate you to get your work done. Tell yourself that you can only watch New Girl if you get your math homework done. Get it? Source: ShutterStock
Use Gummy Bears To Your AdvantageHere's how to motivate yourself to do the reading: candy. Obviously. It doesn't have to be gummy bears, it can be whatever you like! Put little pieces all over the page and, like the image says, eat one every time you reach it. Yummy and productive! Source: Pinterest
Organize By ColorI've always found that I get much more work done when all of my stuff is carefully organized. It just makes me feel more productive for some reason. A great way to organize is by color coding. For example, for History, only use green folders, notebooks and highlighters. For English, only use red. For math, yellow. Get it? It will just make things that much easier for you. Source: ShutterStock
Use Unfamiliar Scents To RememberAccording to Pinterest, this works: spray an unfamiliar scent on yourself while studying (not the perfume you use on a daily basis) and then spray it on yourself again when taking the test. It's supposed to help you remember the stuff you learned while studying. I've never done this, but scent is strongly connected to memory, so I don't doubt that it works. Source: ShutterStock
Make It A GameI know this sounds like SUCH a mom tip, but hear me out. According to the blog The Daily Cougar, you should do this while studying: "Now, drop that controller and go grab a sheet of paper, some sticky notes, a pen and then find a wall. On the sheet of paper, scribble out some questions from your review and then use the sticky notes to create a jeopardy board on that blank wall of yours. After that, you can go all Alex Trebek on that final. Invite some classmates over or go at solo. The choice is yours. Other study games include Who Wants to be a Graduate, Whose Final Is It Anyway and Degree or No Degree." Source: ShutterStock
Review Your Notes Right After ClassDon't wait until a test is on the calendar to read over the notes you took in class. Right after (if possible), read over your notes and highlight the things you didn't understand. Source: Pinterest
Actually Understand Instead Of Just MemorizingWhen most of us study, we're simply cramming info into our brains and trying to remember it until the next test. In reality, we should be trying to actually understand what we're learning. The next time you study, look at something and think about how you would talk about it with a friend. If you have to, look in the mirror and speak to your image as if it were a different person. This is a great way to remember and actually learn. Source: Pinterest
Try Studying In A GroupWhen I was in high school, I was always told that group study sessions were a bad idea because friends can easily get distracted when they're together. But if you find a good group of serious students, they can actually teach you a lot. Source: Pinterest
Slow and Steady Wins The RaceAgain, don't feel like you need to make studying and homework an hours-long marathon sesh. If you have a big paper coming up, work on some of it one day, more the next day and more two days later. There's nothing wrong with splitting up work! Source: Pinterest
Eat These Foods!I highly doubt that scarfing down a few avocados will instantly help you remember all of Chapter 12, but hey, this stuff can't hurt, right? Plus, it's smart snacking! That's also important when studying. Source: Pinterest
Don't Underestimate The Power of Morgan FreemanI added this one in for fun, but who knows? Maybe it really works! Source: Pinterest
Which of these tips seems the most helpful to you? Have you ever tried any of these? What are your study tips? Tell me in the comments. If you feel like maybe you’re struggling in school because of a bigger problem, check out our article on learning disabilities.