Easing into a new semester is always tough. While a fresh start is nice, like, in theory, coming back to school almost always just serves as a reminder that you’ve managed to forget literally everything you learned the last time you were in school. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been gone for a month, a week, or even just a weekend–getting yourself back in shape for school will never not be the absolute worst thing in the world. But while you know that it’ll take at least a year for you to fully adjust back to being in school, your transcript, whether you’re in middle school, high school, or college, doesn’t really provide allowances for that. So, you’ll need some studying inspiration. Why not try out Tumblr?
Seriously! Tumblr–which I have always thought of as a font of distraction rather than anything else–is a surprisingly great source of academic inspo. There’s the “studyblr” studying-goals phenomenon, of course, which involves photographing pristine, spotless studying spots and notes as a means of giving you an impetus to create a similar environment for yourself, but this isn’t necessarily as helpful as it is aesthetically pleasing–tidiness doesn’t always equal quality, you know? But Tumblr also has some legitimately great, useful, straight-up studying tips that are all but guaranteed to help you improve your grades. So, check out these studying tips from Tumblr that will help you get all A’s this semester:
1. Create a system for yourself:
So much of studying is picking one thing that works for you and sticking to it–if you try this studying technique (or something similar) your grades should start to pick up.
2. Follow a multi-step system for taking notes:
This seems like a lot of work, but it’ll help cement things in your brain throughout the semester so you don’t have to cram before exams.
3. Don’t let the act of getting started freak you out:
Sometimes, the hardest part of studying is just sitting down and getting started–if you follow a step-by-step system for making yourself comfortable like the one above, it’ll be less scary (and harder to make excuses to get up once you get started).
4. Actually remember what your teacher says during class:
Seriously–it takes more than just jotting down some notes here and there.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help:
This serves two purposes–helping you understand the concepts you went over in class and familiarizing yourself to your teacher to up your participation grade. Win-win.
6. Don’t do everything the “normal” way:
Routine is good when it comes to your note-taking method, but you can–and should–switch it up when it comes to your actual studying methods. This will help things from feeling stagnant and boring.
7. Remember that you have options:
If you aren’t quite sure how to switch things up, refer to the chart above to see just how many ways there are to study.
8. Don’t give yourself excuses:
To paraphrase DJ Khaled, you’re only playing yourself.
9. Especially excuses like, I don’t know, procrastinating:
Seriously. Don’t do it. Do NOT.
10. Get ahead on the lesson whenever you can:
A lot of the time, teachers will put an entire semester’s worth of work on the syllabus–read it over and try to actually do the reading for class before you go to class that day. This way, the lesson will make more sense to you and you’ll be able to ask for extra help on things you don’t understand while still being ahead of schedule.
11. Write notes on a big surface whenever you can:
Seeing your own thought process can be so, so helpful, especially when it comes to things that involve lots of steps and formulas like math and science. IF you can, try and invest in a whiteboard to write things out.
12. Use a checklist for your essays:
Good essays have a lot of components–make it less overwhelming by writing out this checklist to see if you’ve fulfilled each component.
13. Use allstar words in your papers:
All of the transition words above will help add some variety to your papers without being ostentatious or flowery–which, basically, is the surest way to get an A.
14. Get an editor:
If you have a kindly roommate, friend, parent, or sibling who wants to proofread your paper, that’s great. Otherwise, you can use an app that basically does the same thing. (Or, you can do both!)
15. Stay positive:
It is sooo easy to get overwhelmed when you have a lot to do–avoid feeling suffocated by making your thoughts a little more positive.
16. Remember that you can get awesome grades without having, like, pretty stuff:
Remember? Aesthetics are not the equivalent of quality.
17. Get off Tumblr:
But you knew this already, didn’t you?
What do you think of these studying tips? Do you have any good studying ideas? Let us know in the comments!
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